Friday, September 2, 2016
Top 5 Black-Owned Necktie and Bowtie Companies
Neckwear is a multi-billion dollar industry around the world. Since the early 1800's, in many countries wearing a necktie or bowtie has been considered the proper attire for a formal occasion. There are thousands of companies that produce neckwear, but very few them or owned by Black entrepreneurs.
Here are 5 Black-owned companies that produce and sell neckties and/or bowties that you can support:
#1 - Designed by Don: an exclusive neckwear company, based in Realto, California, that specializes in afrocentric ties made of 100% jacquard silk. Founded in 1991 by African American entrepreneur Don L. Griggs, the company produces a superior quality line of men's neckwear that reflects elegance and significance, while simultaneously appealing to the style and fashion needs of professional and distinguished men.
#2 - Black History Bowties: the only online destination that sells vintage printed bowties featuring African American heroes! Based in San Diego, California, their unique bowties are hand-crafted to perfection, made with premium 100% double-brushed cotton and polyester. Even more, they will look amazing on you when you get suited up!
#3 - Posh Knots: Founded in 2014 by a Black mother and daughter duo, this company produces luxury bow ties and pocket squares made from unique and high quality materials. Together, they have more than 30 years in the sewing and fabric business.
#4 - Mo's Bows: Founded in 2012 by then 10-year old entrepreneur Moziah "Mo" Bridges (pictured above), this Memphis based business produces colorful, handmade bowties. He was featured on the Steve Harvey Show, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and even won an investment deal from Daymon John on ABC's Shark Tank.
#5 - The Bowtie Flow: Based in Brooklyn, NY, this company was founded by two entrepreneurs - Elle, one who loved making bowties, and Bruny, who loved wearing them. They decided that one would provide the bow tie making skills, while the other would provide the fabric/ style and branding. They also decided to add a charity component, donating 20% of every sale to a local urban charity.