FREMONT, Calif., July 2017 – As Men’s Wearhouse continues its 10th annual National Suit Drive throughout July, the company is teaming up with dancer, choreographer, actor and TV personality Derek Hough to collect donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. Attire collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores through July 31st will be distributed to over 170 local non-profit organizations across the country that help disadvantaged individuals regain employment through job readiness programs and workforce assistance.
As a competitor on the dance floor for more than 15 years, Hough knows that confidence is key to achieving success. “When you’re interviewing for a job, you’re competing for that position, and feeling your best can give you a competitive edge,” said Hough. “By donating to the National Suit Drive, you’re empowering people to approach their next interview with the confidence to land the job.”
Men’s Wearhouse is also partnering with both the National Basketball Coaches Association (NBCA) and the National Hockey League Coaches Association (NHLCA) to help spread the word about the National Suit Drive. Coaches including Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics), Steve Clifford (Charlotte Hornets), Barry Trotz (Washington Capitals), John Stevens (Los Angeles Kings) and others have committed to donating suits of their own.
“Whether you are on the court or in a job interview, the right attire gives confidence to perform at your best. I’m calling upon all of my fellow coaches, fans and players to donate and help others in need,” said Rick Carlisle, head coach of the Dallas Mavericks and president of the NBCA. “The National Suit Drive is a great cause that directly impacts our local communities and helps change lives.”
Over the past nine years, the National Suit Drive has collected more than 1.3 million items of professional clothing. People can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes at over 750 Men’s Wearhouse locations across the country. As a thank you, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items).
“I know from personal experience that every donation to the National Suit Drive helps dress someone for success during the interview process. First impressions are important, and feeling confident and looking professional helped me go into my job interview with the right frame of mind,” said Chris Bellegia. Bellegia secured employment after receiving professional attire through Working Wardrobes, one of the non-profit organizations that partners with the National Suit Drive.
To help drive awareness of the National Suit Drive, @menswearhouse is encouraging followers to spread the word by using #GiveASuit. They will be partnering with content creators across the country to share personal donation stories and inspire others to help those in need.
For more information, visit the National Suit Drive website at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.