Moncton clothing store helps needy suit up

Moncton clothing store helps needy suit up

Zach Dallaire says there is something about a nice suit that puts a spring in your step.

But more than that, a nice suit donated to someone who can't afford to buy one can help them find a job or feel better about themselves, said Dallaire, co-owner of Cecil & Sons Haberdashers clothing store on Queen Street in Moncton.

"We want to donate them to the community — to some guys who are looking for a suit and tie for a new job or whatever it may be," said Dallaire on CBC's Information Morning in Moncton. 

"We all kind of get that feeling when you put something on that fits properly and is kind of to your taste. I think the day goes a little different [and] I think there is a sense of mental health that's a little clearer."

'Slightly used' and 'slightly worn' suits

Dallaire explained the idea to collect and donate suits came from clients talking about suits they had collecting dust in their closets. 

So, the store put out a call to the community for "slightly used" and "slightly worn" suits. After they are dropped off, the suits are dry-cleaned and then made available. 

Anyone who donates a suit receives a $50 gift card from the store.

The John Howard Society of Southeastern New Brunswick has been able to distribute some of the clothes.

Joanne Murray, the organization's executive director, said a nice suit also helps people feel appropriately dressed at  weddings or funerals.

"Events where they would feel that they kind of stand out because they're not dressed properly in their minds," she said.

Job searches

Most of the suits will be placed in the organization's employment centre to use for job searches.

"We already have some clothing and shoes and boots and so on in there. So, we'll have a special little corner for suits and ties. I think dress shirts and pants will be really popular in that area," she said.

The initiative will continue for some time, Dallaire said.

"We were hoping to get potentially 100 suits," he said. "I don't think we're going to put a real end to it because I don't think that the demand ever necessarily stops in the community. So, we're more than willing to keep it open."

More information about the store, including contact information about how to donate, is available on its website.