12-year-old-boy Designs Bowties for Shelter Dogs
Darius Brown loves bowties and animals. Now he combines the two by creating and donating his creations to animal shelters countrywide.
Darius Brown of Newark, NJ has channeled his love for pets and fashion into creating one-of-a-kind bowties for shelter dogs. He creates each of the bows by hand, despite being diagnosed with developmental and fine motor issues at age 2. The young man credits his mother, Joy Brown, and his sister, Dazhai Brown-Shears, for helping to nurture his talents and encouraging him to reach his goals.
Brown shares an instagram post celebrating his mom on Mother's Day.
Darius first began creating his bowties at age 8, when he would assist his mother and sister with their cosmetology school projects, cutting fabric and creating ribbons for little girls' hair. Not only did this help Darius to improve his fine motor skills, but it also motivated him to create his own line of bowties, which he wears every day.
"I wear bow ties all the time," Darius said in an interview with the TODAY show. "Literally everywhere I go, I wear a bow tie."
After learning about how devastating storms such as Irma and Harvey displaced hundreds of pets from their homes and the resulting overcrowding of animal shelters, he knew he had to do something to help. He began by donating bowties to the American Society for the Prevention of the Cruelty to Animals, and has continued to create and donate to other shelters across the country.
Dogs wearing unique bowties created by Darius.
"It helps the dog look noticeable, very attractive," he said. "It helps them find a forever, loving home - I love everything about dogs and cats."
Darius has started some fundraising for his line of bowties and has garnered national attention for his charitable efforts - he even received a letter of encouragement from his idol, Barack Obama.
Darius packs and prepares to ship his one-of-a-kind bowties to animal shelters across the country.
You can contribute to Darius' bow tie company, Beaux & Paws, by visiting his fundraising page.
To join Beaux & Paws' email list and purchase a bowtie for your own pooch, visit Darius' website .
(Images c/o Darius Brown Facebook and Instagram accounts.)