by Brian Lipton
Nick Cannon Men's Wearhouse
Nick Cannon

National retailer Men’s Wearhouse will host its Ninth Annual National Suit Drive, where stores across the nation 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, from July 1 to 31.

The clothing collected by the company will be distributed to over 180 local non-profit organizations across the country that help disadvantaged individuals regain employment through job readiness programs and workforce assistance. As a thank you for their contributions, donors will receive 50 percent off their next purchase of regular priced retail items (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items).

“A suit not only changes your appearance, it changes your whole demeanor,” said Doug Ewert, CEO of Tailored Brands, Inc, which owns Men’s Wearhouse. “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.”

This year, TV host and producer Nick Cannon is partnering with Men’s Wearhouse to call attention to the program, both by making a personal donation and encouraging Americans to clean out their closets. “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,” he says. “A suit can bring that pep in your step to perform at your personal best. I am honored to be partnering with the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive to help men across the country fulfill their dreams.”

To help spread the word about this campaign, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #GiveASuit post found on its Facebook and Twitter pages. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local non-profits they have partnered with. Donors are also encouraged to help raise awareness by sharing a photo of an empty hanger in their hometown, identified by a unique backdrop, using #GiveASuit. Men’s Wearhouse will be reposting their favorite photos throughout the month of July.

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