Here is a picture of me presenting my first bowtie line in front of 500+ students at Northeastern University. Amazing it was let me tell you. I had different models, from different sizes, different ethnicities and different horizons helping me present the line. I remember using a song by Skales (a Nigerian Artist) on the runway, it must have been "Take Care Of Me". If you haven't heard of it, I recommend you do.

Let me go back in time a little bit... Before getting to this point, there was the "what am I suppose to do" phase. I knew exactly what I wanted to do but I didn't know how to get there. I believe every one who wants to achieve something goes through that phase. And that shouldn't stop you from believing in yourself and your infinite potential. Glad to tell you I used google to get there... What I did next was a surprise, to people around me but also to myself. I bought a cheap sewing machine off eBay, with no experience in sewing. The learning process was hectic. And three years later, I am still learning, and I am still an amateur.

Glad I bought that sewing machine three years ago, I realize today it was just a stepping stone to better things. It helped me shape and visualize what I wanted to achieve. Sewing bowties is fun but there is a bigger picture to be seen here. How about sewing garments? Vests, jackets, dress shirts, pants, suits perhaps...

It's all a dream, but I intend to make that beautiful dream of mine become reality!

The Secret Gentleman is just a work in progress, I'll just have to surprise you by coming up with new stuff every now and then...

Let me brag a bit about my models though, look how beautiful they look. Feel free to scroll up and down a bit and take a good look. I am also going to make a little confession here. More of a fun fact than anything: Most, if not all of these bowties were designed for men. But I decided at the last minute I wanted to incorporate women to the fashion show as well. Because they were beautiful ladies of course but also because it felt natural to me to have both sexes presenting my line. I make bowties yes, but no one ever said bowties had to be worn only by men.

... I do not consider myself a fashion designer, not just yet. And maybe I'll never be one. But it doesn't matter. What matters is doing what you love. What matters is being able to try and never give up. What matters is failing over and over and always standing. Because it is an experience, and sometimes, that's all you need to keep your dream alive.

"When you wear a bow tie, doors open for you. Your posture is a little more erect; your shoulders are a little further back; your style is a little more dynamic. It’s about the reestablishment of the gentleman" - Dhani Jones

The Secret Gentleman