Sharp Dressed Man, a Baltimore non-profit that fits men for suits, recently lost their home due to an electrical fire. With the generous help from the community, they have found a new space to continue the good work they do for the city.
Sharp Dressed Man is an initiative of the Baltimore Fashion Alliance and was founded in 2011 by Christopher Schafer of Christopher Schafer Clothier through a partnership with Living Classrooms Foundation. Christopher and Seth Schafer serve as lead stylists of Sharp Dressed Man and work entirely on a volunteer basis.
What is Sharp Dressed Man? Their website mission states:
Sharp Dressed Man was founded by a partnership between the Baltimore Fashion Alliance and the Living Classrooms Foundation in 2011 to support men re-entering the workforce. We established an independent clothing boutique in downtown Baltimore at 235 Park Ave in December 2015, and have created connections with over a dozen agencies, instituting a referral process. The building caught fire in early March 2016, and we have moved to 223 West Lexington Street, reopening in mid-April.
We equip men who are ready for work with a measure-to-fit, one on one styling experience resulting in a hand selected suit and accessories to wear to interviews and other occasions. We bridge the gap between job readiness and employment by insuring men look the part for their interviews.
Often an appropriate, business-professional outfit can be the last obstacle standing between men who have completed work training and employment. Our program closes the gap between being prepared with skills for a new job and “looking the part” to get in the door for an interview.
We are much more than a clothing closet – our volunteer team of stylists ensure every participant leaves looking and feeling their best. We are planning to expand into offering programming around empowerment and professional presentation beginning June 2016.
Program participants report a significant boost in their confidence and composure, giving them the power to present their best selves to future employers and continue on the journey to success.
Tonight was the official opening of their new space, however, in the month that they’ve been there they’ve already outfitted over 100 men.
Sharp Dressed Man is located at 223 W. Lexington Street. Baltimore, MD 21201 and can be reached at 443-963-9337
Interested in helping?
Donation Drop off:
11-3 Tuesdays & Thursdays
*Suiting by referral only
*All other times by appointment only
Musicians pictured are the Eric Byrd Trio