Walter Magazine

Raleigh native Beulah Louise Henry, an early 20th century inventor, once said: “If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.”


Judy Hill, another Raleigh native and an inventor of sorts, embodies the truth of Henry’s words. The founder of local shirt and tie maker High Cotton, Hill came upon the need that spurred her resourcefulness and spawned her business in 2009. That’s when her oldest son, Cameron, then a medical student at the University of Virginia, told her that doctors were no longer wearing ties on hospital rounds because they were considered too bacteria-laden – usually made of silk, ties were rarely cleaned.