Regis student pitching his business at Emmy Awards
August 31, 2017
Regis University student Paul Hunter has been invited to the 2017 Emmy Awards to promote his homemade bow ties.
Hunter, a junior economics major, started his company Repurpose Bowties three years ago by recycling shirts and slacks into wearable bow ties. His first bow ties were made from military uniforms and placed in a shadow box to commemorate fallen soldiers. Eventually more people asked for a bow tie, and the business was born.
A public relations firm in Los Angeles found the bow ties in a boutique earlier this year and asked Hunter if he’d participate in the Emmy Awards Gifting Suite.
“They said they loved the product and wanted it to be a part of the Emmys,” he said.
Hunter will leave Sept. 14 for the Emmys to prep his gifting suite, taking 400 bow ties to give to celebrities. The hope, he said, is they take a picture or post something to social media that generates buzz. Or he hopes someone will want to invest or know someone who wants to invest in his company.
Hunter partnered with Regis’ Innovation Center in the College of Business and Economics to develop a business plan and prepare for company growth. Hunter recently raised more than $5,000, which the Innovation Center matched, to cover the costs of producing the bow ties and traveling to Los Angeles for the Emmys.
Repurpose Bowties are sewn from old clothing, upholstery, curtains and other found fabrics. Hunter recently partnered with refugee centers to help with the sewing.
To learn more about the business, go to www.rpbowties.com.
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