Imagine a Better St. Louis: Organization helps underprivileged people dress for success

Trevor Hughes trying on his tailored suit from Saint Louis Suit Project (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( - An organization in St. Louis called Saint Louis Suit Project is helping underprivileged people in our community.

Ben Lawler, co-founder and President of the Saint Louis Suit Project said, "If you're going to make a first impression, might as well be a good one. And if we can help by putting a person in a great looking suit shirt and tie, then we are doing our part."

The non-profit aims to help underprivileged men and women by giving them new, slightly used suits for them to wear on their job interviews.

"Those suits are donated from clients. My day job, I work for a company called Tom James. We sell custom clothing. The majority of these suits come from clients. Suits that they're not wearing anymore," said Lawler.

One of the recipients, Trevor Hughes said, "It's a real good thing because a lot of people don't have a proper suit. It doesn't fit well. Just to have a customized suit is a pretty good feeling."

Hughes says he completed an eight week job training program and hopes to get into the electrical field.

In a couple of weeks, the suit is ready.

Lawler fitted Hughes and even gave him some style tips for his new look.

"The nice thing about this one is it is transitional, so you can wear this jacket as sport coat with a pair of jeans or dress it up with a sport coat," explained Lawler.

As the look came together, Hughes had a whole new stride of confidence.

"It's a blessing. Just to have someone actually go the extra mile for you. It would have been another thing just a suit, but a tailored suit is a whole other experience," said Hughes.

The St. Louis Suit Project received 1,200 suit donations in 2015 and has a goal to help 1,500 people in need in 2016.

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