As with any fashion business, we end up with many samples over our development process that we are unable to sell with our general merchandise. Many of these samples are still very wearable, it just might not have the correct button or we decided to change the fit a little bit. After doing some research for the best and most sustainable place to donate clothing, we came across our local chapter of Dress For Success, a wonderful organization that helps outfit disadvantaged women, trans women and non-binary people in corporate attire for job interviews. We rounded up anything we had that looked professional such as blazers, long sleeve dresses and coats.
Dress for Success is a global registered charity with several branches around Australia. They provide more than just clothing, but also a network of support, coaching and career development tools to help women achieve self-sufficiency. They have local HR Specialists who provide one on one support for women needing assistance with resume writing and interview skills. They facilitate mock interviews to ensure their participants gain the confidence and skills they need to perform at their best at their upcoming interviews.
Belle & Bloom is very excited to contribute to this cause and will continue to support in the future. We hope to bring awareness to Dress For Success and ask our customers to consider them during their next closet clean out or when looking for a new charity to donate to. Best of luck to all the Dress For Success participants on their next interview!
Please visit https://sydney.dressforsuccess.org/ to learn more.