Men’s Wearhouse is mixing it up this year for its National Suit Drive.
The men’s wear retailer, owned by Tailored Brands Inc., has partnered with entertainer Nick Cannon for its ninth annual charity initiative, which encourages donations of business apparel to help men and women get back into the workforce.
On July 1, Men’s Wearhouse stores across the country will be collecting “gently used men’s and women’s professional attire to give unemployed individuals a chance to look their best as they transition back into the workforce,” the company said Tuesday. Cannon, a TV host, producer, entrepreneur and philanthropist, is working with the company to promote the program by making a personal donation and encouraging Americans to clean out their closets to help others.
The drive, which runs through July 31, will take the clothing collected at the stores and distribute it to more than 180 local nonprofit organizations across the country that help disadvantaged individuals regain employment through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. Over the past eight years, the National Suit Drive has collected more than one million items of clothing.
“I’ve worn many different suits over the course of my career — as a musician, an actor, a record producer — and no matter the task at hand, feeling and looking confident is key,” Cannon said. “A suit can bring that pep in your step to perform at your personal best. I’m honored to be partnering with the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive to help men across the country fulfill their dreams.”
Doug Ewert, chief executive officer of Tailored Brands, added: “A suit not only changes your appearance, it changes your whole demeanor. It’s about feeling confident enough to reach your full potential, and the National Suit Drive gives men that opportunity to put on a suit and enter an interview with the confidence they need to win their next job. As we kick off our ninth annual campaign, we are hopeful that it will be our most successful to date.”
More than 800 Men’s Wearhouse and Tux stores will collect the men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes. And in appreciation, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items.
To promote the initiative, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging customers to post about it at #GiveASuit, found on its Facebook and Twitter pages. For every share, the company will donate $1 — up to $25,000 — to the local nonprofits they have partnered with for the program.