FREMONT, Calif. – July 21, 2015 – Men’s Wearhouse (NYSE: MW) continues its eighth annual National Suit Drive, in an effort to collect much-needed donations of gently-used professional attire for unemployed Americans. The brand is enlisting the professional sports community to rally fans and reach the goal of 250,000 donations by July 31.
Pro football star DeMarco Murray and the National Basketball Coaches Association, all Head Coaches in the NBA, are teaming up with Men’s Wearhouse to help drive donations for the cause. The clothing collected at Men’s Wearhouse stores, until July 31, will be distributed to over 180 local non-profit organizations that provide job-ready skills, training and seminars to disadvantaged men and women entering or re-entering the workforce.
DeMarco Murray, the AP NFL Offensive Player of the Year, has committed to donating and spreading the word on social channels to help Men’s Wearhouse meet their 2015 goal. Over the past seven years, the National Suit Drive has collected approximately 850,000 professional clothing donations, and this year marks the opportunity to break the one million donation mark.
“Whether heading onto the field or into the business world, the right clothes can help you perform at your very best. It’s a feeling I’m experiencing now as I train for the upcoming season – that sense of confidence when I suit up for a day at work,” said Murray. “In partnering with the National Suit Drive, I’m excited to help others recognize this same feeling of empowerment as they go on interviews or arrive at their first day of work.”
With the Joseph Abboud division of Men’s Wearhouse in its 8th year of being the Official Wardrobe Supplier of the NBCA’s 2014-15 season, Men’s Wearhouse is also partnering with the NBCA for the second year in a row to help spread the word. To further assist in the effort, NBA Coaches, such as Lionel Hollins (Brooklyn Nets), Brad Stevens (Boston Celtics), Frank Vogel (Indiana Pacers), Rick Carlisle (Dallas Mavericks) and others have committed to donating suits of their own.
“With a great and super competitive NBA Finals match behind us, we would like to now join together with our partners at Men’s Wearhouse and ask all of our fans and friends to join with us in supporting the Men’s Wearhouse National Suit Drive which will be taking place during the month of July,” said Coach Steve Kerr, Head Coach of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and David Blatt, Head Coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers. “Dressing well gives everyone confidence, even NBA Coaches. The National Suit Drive is a great cause and will give a big ‘assist’ and confidence to those seeking opportunities to join the workforce and better their lives.”
Until July 31, consumers can donate their gently-used professional clothing, including men’s and women’s suits, ties, jackets, shirts, pants, belts and shoes, at over 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations across the country. As a thank you, donors receive 50 percent off the regular retail price of their next purchase from Men’s Wearhouse (excluding shoes, clearance and Exceptional Value items).
#GIVEASUIT AND GET SOCIAL
To help spread the word about this year’s National Suit Drive, Men’s Wearhouse is encouraging people to share the #giveasuit post found on their Facebook page. For every share, the company will donate $1 (up to $25,000) to the local nonprofits they partner with. Consumers can follow the National Suit Drive conversation by following Men’s Wearhouse on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @menswearhouse.
For more information, visit the National Suit Drive website at www.nationalsuitdrive.com.