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11-year-old from Buffalo starts bow tie business

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Posted at 5:57 PM, Oct 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-09 18:06:53-04

Shelden Gibbs is cut from a different cloth.

“I think a bow tie adds character,” said 11-year-old Gibbs.

The sixth grader from Tapestry Charter School loves bow ties. “It makes me feel distinguished. Why not start a business with something you love?” Shelden asked.

That’s why he launched “Classic Knot” about a year ago. “I was like Shelden are you sure? And he was like yea. So, I told him he had to go back and draw me up a business plan,” said Shelden’s mom, Rhonda Woods.

Sheldon's collection includes ties for children, men and there's even a line for the ladies.

Shelden uses bold prints and patterns to create handcrafted ties.

At first, Shelden said he didn't even know how to sew. “I learned on my own.”

Today, he’s made more bow ties than he can count.

Shelden sells the bow ties online starting at $25. He said national clothing chain men's warehouse has also expressed interest, but a possible deal is still in the works. “Just the fact that people are reaching out to have Shelden's bowties is kind of a dream come true,” said Shelden’s mom.

Yet, it’s not surprising if you ask the company C.E.O.

“I just always thought I was fit for doing out of the box things.”

Shelden Gibbs is cut from a different cloth.

“I think a bow tie adds character,” said 11-year-old Gibbs.

The sixth grader from Tapestry Charter School loves bow ties.

“It makes me feel distinguished. Why not start a business with something you love?” Shelden asked.

That’s why he launched “Classic Knot” about a year ago.

“I was like Shelden are you sure? And he was like yea. So, I told him he had to go back and draw me up a business plan,” said Shelden’s mom, Rhonda Woods.

Sheldon's collection includes ties for children, men and there's even a line for the ladies.

Shelden uses bold prints and patterns to create handcrafted ties.

At first, Shelden said he didn't even know how to sew. “I learned on my own.”

Today, he’s made more bow ties than he can count.

Shelden sells the bow ties online starting at $25. He said national clothing chain men's warehouse has also expressed interest, but a possible deal is still in the works. “Just the fact that people are reaching out to have Shelden's bowties is kind of a dream come true,” said Shelden’s mom.

Yet, it’s not surprising if you ask the company C.E.O.

“I just always thought I was fit for doing out of the box things.”