Monday 10 December, 2018

Dress for Success Jamaica to stage pop-up store on Saturday

The aim of the event is to generate income to sustain the social enterprise, which assists young women to purchase professional attire for job interviews, at a reasonable cost. 

The aim of the event is to generate income to sustain the social enterprise, which assists young women to purchase professional attire for job interviews, at a reasonable cost. 

Dress for Success Jamaica, a social enterprise and a non-profit organisation, which was part of the JN Foundation’s Social Enterprise Boost Initiative (SEBI) Project, will stage a Christmas Sale Pop-Up Shop in the car park of JN Bank, Half-Way-Tree, on Saturday, December 8 from11 am to 4 pm.

Charmaine Lewis, founder and director of Dress for Success Jamaica, said the aim of the event is to generate income to sustain the social enterprise, which assists young women to purchase professional attire for job interviews, at a reasonable cost. 

“On Saturday, we will be creating a ‘Pop-Up Store,’ so that persons who are preparing to go to work in January, for the first time, will have an opportunity to purchase ‘cost-effective,’ clothing from us, or if they want to top-up their wardrobe,” she explained.

She further shared that, the event will contribute to the circularity of fashion; in which clothes are repaired, reused and recycled - thereby reducing waste and enhancing people’s wardrobe at the same time,” she explained.

Patrons attending the event will be able to purchase business attire and casual wear.

Lewis has also partnered with All Things In Common Shop My Closet, a business which collects and sells second-hand female, male and children’s clothing items; as well as, accessories, through donations and on consignment.

Kaydeen Wildman, co-founder of All Things In Common Shop My Closet, said, “I find Dress for Success  Jamaica to be an inspiration, which has motivated me to do what I do. Therefore, it is a pleasure to partner with the social enterprise, and, I’m really pleased to see the idea for the pop-up shop coming to fruition.”

Lewis thanked Wildman, commended JN Bank for supporting the initiative and, permitting the social enterprise to hold the event on its premises in Half-Way-Tree.

JN Bank employees will also use the occasion to inform customers at the “Pop-Up” event about its products, such as its Partner Plan; Wealth Optimizer Savings Account; and, it’s Supersized Loan, the most affordable loan being offered for the holiday season.

The financial institution will also allow for the opening of savings accounts, such as the JN Bank Wealth Optimizer savings plan.

Dress for Success Jamaica will also use the occasion to accept donations; and persons interested in supporting the enterprise may reach the organisation via e-mail at jamaica@dressforsuccess.org; or, by telephone: 876-547-4356.

Operating since 2009, the social enterprise has assisted more than 500 young women on their journey to economic independence; and many have participated in the training sessions, through its Image Training Centre, to further their personal and professional development.

A former member of SEBI, a project of the JN Foundation and the United States Agency of International Development, Lewis said, “SEBI provided capacity building, and facilitated the development of our business plan for the Image Training Centre.”

The organisation offers long-lasting solutions, which enable young women to break the cycle of poverty; and, it is part of a global movement for change, as it empowers women to achieve safer and better futures.

“We provide each client with professional attire to secure employment; however, we do much more than simply equip the client with apparel and accessories. Our programmes furnish each young woman with confidence that she can carry forever; comfortable in the knowledge that, she is actively defining her life and the directions she needs to take to achieve what success means to her,” Lewis maintained.

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