What do you do for a living?
I work in the nonprofit sector, focusing on providing support to first-generation college students so that they have the resources needed to graduate and earn their undergraduate degree. I am also co-founder and CEO of The Alliance 98 (TA98), a social enterprise that tackles unemployment for young adults 16-24 in the Chicagoland area. As of September 11, 2019, we have directly impacted more than 400+ young adults throughout Chicago with professional apparel and workforce resources.
What are some of the biggest issues you have when buying off the rack clothing?
The most significant issues with purchasing off the rack clothing are finding the proper garments that fit my measurements. For suits, I have always needed to get them tailored to acquire a more modern fit and style that I feel comfortable wearing.
Why did you choose The Dapper Club?
The Dapper Club was introduced to me by close friends. The Club has a wide selection of fabrics and styles. Ricardo, recently helped me put together a three-piece suit inspired by Jidenna ft. Roman GianArthur video production titled, “Classic Man.”
What do you love about The Dapper Club?
I love the attention to detail that Ricardo provided to each piece — from concept to completion. At The Dapper Club, I have worked closely with Ricardo, who is very passionate about custom clothing, and it shows as soon as you walk into the Club. The hospitality is unique, and the Club offers an extensive collection of fabrics and styles that fit any occasion.
Why is it important for you to look dapper?
This question takes me back to my community of Little Village and how a suit changed my perspective. I was 16 years old when I received my tailored suit thanks to Chicago Donors that provided program support for historically overlooked leaders. It was then where I learned how to tie a tie, prepare for interviews, and sit properly at a dining table. That experience raised my level of awareness of the various career opportunities within the nonprofit and corporate social responsibility sector. Wearing a suit became part of my professional identity.
How does wearing a custom suit by The Dapper Club make you feel?
My custom suit three-piece makes me feel comfortable and confident that there is no other suit like mine. The Dapper Club ensure your garment is 100% individualized and customized to fit your style.
If you are looking to support young adults 16-24 with tackling unemployment in the City of Chicago, TA98 is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.