While August 2 is most commonly known as the day the nation’s debt ceiling crisis
could take a turn for a worse, it is also the day that scantily clad men will be promoting The Men’s Wearhouse’s Fourth Annual National Suit Drive.
On the morning of August 2, men wearing nothing but boxers, dress shoes, socks and ties will be carrying signs that read, “Give the suit off your back.” Although there are more than 900 Men’s Wearhouse locations nationwide, the sign-carrying men will be limited to 11 cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York City, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington, D.C.
If you aren’t in one of the select cities, you can still participate in the suit drive by dropping off your gently used men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes at your local Men’s Wearhouse. The items will then be distributed to more than 150 nonprofit organizations around the country.
With the continuing unemployment crisis, the National Suit Drive could potentially help some of the nation’s millions of unemployed workers land their next job. Wearing a nice suit helps make a good impression on the potential employer but it also boosts the wearer’s self esteem. Sometimes this boost in self-confidence is all that is needed to set one apart from his competition.
The goal for this year’s National Suit Drive is 100,000 pieces of clothing during the month of August. This is quite a bit more than the nearly 89,000 pieces of clothing gathered in last year’s drive. To help encourage donations from the public, Men’s Wearhouse will be donating a new tie for every suit donated. The company will also be donating $1, up to $10,000, for every Facebook like or Facebook Places “check-in”.