Always the trend-setter and first in class, Ambassador Andrew Young shows off his latest acquisition, a custom Kente cloth bow tie and coordinating lapel carnations designed by Cliff Robinson, Operation HOPE supporter, and budding fashion enthusiast


Atlanta business owner Cliff Robinson committed to helping the next generation of entrepreneurs and corporate executives look the like SUCCESS with his men’s accessory line.

On January 17th, Operation HOPE successfully hosted the first annual HOPE Business In A Box Academies (HBIABA) Pitch Competition Finals as part of the 2015 HOPE Global Forum at the Omni Hotel at CNN Center in downtown Atlanta.

The pitch competition brought together four previous winners from the HBIABA competitions from local high schools and middle schools. The youth entrepreneurs spent over three months, weekends and evenings preparing for the competition on the main stage.

Clifford “Cliff” Robinson, noted local photographer and business owner, was so impressed by the young men who presented at the HOPE Global Forum in Atlanta pitch event; he has pledged to provide all gentleman finalists in the HOPE Business in A Box Pitch Competition Finalists with a “Gentleman’s Starter Kit,” which consists of a free style bow tie and matching lapel carnations.  These are some of the classiest bow ties and lapel carnations, you’ll ever witness.

Operation HOPE Global Spokesman and civil rights icon, Ambassador Andrew Young (pictured) gives his approval and becomes the first to receive a gift box containing a formal bow tie made of authentic Kente cloth originating from South Ghana and three handcrafted, coordinating lapel carnations.