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September 01, 2010 06:00 ET

Moores Faces "Mancession" Head On with Canadian Suit Drive

Retailer Encourages People to Give the Suits Off Their Backs for Charity

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 1, 2010) - 

Editors Note: Two photos for this release will be available via Marketwire on the picture wire of The Canadian Press.

From now until September 30, Moores Clothing for Men will hold its first annual Canadian Suit Drive, one of the country's largest collection of gently used professional attire. The initiative helps disadvantaged job seekers entering or re-entering the workforce get a boost of self-confidence and make the best possible first impression, which can be crucial to getting the job.

Although the recession has affected a wide spectrum of the Canadian workforce, 56 per cent of those 25 years of age and older currently unemployed are men, according to Statistics Canada's Labour Force Survey(1), due to the economy's particularly heavy impact on male-dominated industries like construction and manufacturing.

"With more than 600,000 working-age men unemployed in this country, the economic downturn has disproportionately hurt the male workforce," said Dave Starrett, president of Moores Clothing for Men. "By collecting and donating professional attire, Moores aims to help men 'suit up' for job interviews and offset the 'mancession.'"

The Canadian Suit Drive, held at 117 Moores locations throughout the country, collects men's suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts, and shoes to donate to almost 50 local organizations that support those in transition looking for work. For a complete list of store locations and recipient organizations involved, visit www.canadiansuitdrive.com.

The Canadian Suit Drive is Moores' largest annual philanthropic event. This year, the company aims to top 15,000 articles of professional attire in just one month. To thank donors for their generosity, the company will reward them with *25 per cent off their next purchase at Moores.

To encourage people to "give the suit off their back," teams of bare-chested men descended upon four cities throughout the country to walk the streets. The teams promoted the drive in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and Calgary. 

"Dress Your Best is thrilled to have Moores' support through its upcoming Canadian Suit Drive. We outfit hundreds of disadvantaged Canadians and new Canadians with professional wear for their job opportunities," said Jessica Roelink, Founder and Executive Director of recipient organization, Dress Your Best, based in Toronto, Ontario. "Suits, shirts, ties, belts, footwear and outerwear are all needed to help people feel confident when facing the workplace. Thank you to Moores for taking action and joining us in helping Canadians find success!"

*Discount is not combinable with any other offers

About Moores

In less than 30 years, Moores Clothing for Men has grown to become Canada's leading menswear retailer. Moores launched in 1980 as a single, family-owned store in Mississauga, Ontario, with 12 employees. In 1999, Moores became part of The Men's Wearhouse, Inc., family of companies. The partnership with Men's Wearhouse, the leading menswear retailer in the United States, has strengthened Moores' commitment to offer Canadians affordable, high quality clothing. Today Moores employs more than 1,700 people and has over 100 stores across Canada.

(1) http://www.statcan.gc.ca/subjects-sujets/labour-travail/lfs-epa/t100806a1-eng.htm

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