On Feb. 8, Darius Brown had one of the greatest days of his life: At only 11 years of age, he was debuting his designs on a pup named Crosby who would walk the runway of the New York Pet Fashion Show, the biggest animal couture and pet rescue benefit in the world.
Darius, who lives in Newark, NJ, and has his own puppy bow tie company, Beaux and Paws, told The Post: “I just love, love dogs, I’m here so I can help Crosby look good and find a forever home.”
Apart from taking orders for custom accessories, costing $15 a pop, through the brand’s Facebook page and his Instagram account (@sirdariusbrown), Darius donates his designs to shelters throughout New York and New Jersey.
Darius began making bow ties when he was 8. His older sister, Dazhai, a hair and cosmetics artist, required assistance making bows, so she had her brother cut the fabric, to help develop his fine motor skills. Soon, “he was making the bows better than [Dazhai] was,” said the duo’s mom, Joy, who works in health care.
A year ago, after seeing how Hurricanes Irma and Harvey impacted parts of the US and left many dogs needing new homes, Darius began donating his Beaux and Paws (the “-eaux” spelling looks dapper and classy, he explained) ties to shelters.
Darius said “I just wanted to help them and make them feel safe and find them forever homes,”, who would cry when seeing the abandoned animals on TV.
He hopes to expand his business beyond accessories to include outfits. “I want to be an entrepreneur like my sister,” he said, calling Dazhai, 20, his “inspiration.”
Former president Barrack Obama honoured Darius with a letter of recognition in which he commended the young altruist for commitment to community service.