My name is Chad, and I’ve been in the hospitality industry for over 30 years. Throughout that time I have interviewed hundreds of young men (and women) who didn’t get a job – not because they lacked the talent – but because they lacked the confidence and polish in the interview process. I have seen candidates with the financial means that didn't wear a tie because they didn't know how to tie it. Others in suits too big for them or slacks that were unhemmed or ill fitted altogether. Now imagine those candidates who don't have the means or resources to purchase a suit for themselves; so we launched the nonprofit Bespoken4 in Dallas, Texas.
Similar to the “Dress for Success” mission to empower women to achieve economic independence through professional attire and leadership, Bespoken4.org is a 501(c)(3) charity that will provide young men the confidence to dress for success as they enter the workforce. We will provide new and reconditioned tailored suits, shirts, and ties, as well as etiquette and life skills programs for at-risk and underprivileged youth. The name and concept were inspired from a fond memory of my first bespoke suit. It was a lifechanging experience, bringing pride, confidence, and self-worth. I believe that every young adult should have a similar experience as a foundation to launch his journey into the awaiting workforce.
We have stores generously willing to donate the new and gently used designer suits, and we are partnering with tailors for custom alterations for each client. The funds raised will be used to pay for the tailoring and dry-cleaning services. It cost around $65 for a suit to be tailored and $15 for dry-cleaning. If you can’t donate, please consider sharing our story. We are new, and the more our story is told, the more young men we will be able to empower, inspire, and positively impact.
'Dressing well is a form of good manners.' – Tom Ford