A non-profit organization is helping Black men and boys in need dress for success. The New York City-based That Suits You is on a mission to teach men the importance of properly dressing and to help prepare them for when an opportunity comes their way, Black Enterprise reported.
It was founded by brother duo Jamael Thompson and Gerard “PK” Kersey, the news outlet writes. Both Thompson and Kersey have spent several years working in the corporate world and believed that it would be impactful to create an outlet that gives men and boys the confidence to step into these spaces. The brothers merge fashion and education; offering workshops and seminars that cover everything from life skills to how to navigate the corporate world.
Over 7,000 individuals have been served through their organization since they launched it in 2013. “By founding That Suits You, we tried to eliminate both obstacles as far as free suits and teaching young and older men about the importance of image because being in the corporate world, we understand how important our image is,” Kersey told the news outlet. “Sometimes we go through life and we get some form of success or recognition, and that’s good, but we have to share that with the village and other brothers who might not have the opportunity. People always say that it’s lonely at the top. But, it’s never lonely at the top if you bring people with you.”
Several initiatives are being created to unite and empower Black men. In April, the city of New York announced the creation of ThriveNYC to help African-American men cope with mental health issues.