When it comes to women in the workforce, fashion -especially in New York City- can make or break you. It can be that one thing giving you an edge over other people interviewing for the same job position; not necessarily because of the clothes you’re wearing, but the self-confidence and empowerment that those clothes bring out of you.
In 1996, an article in the New York Times came out describing the obstacles that mothers on public assistance had seeking work, including the lack of appropriate interview clothing and the lack of self-confidence to present themselves professionally in an unfamiliar interview setting. This became the catalyst for what is now the mission of Bottomless Closet: to help “disadvantaged New York City women become self-sufficient through a comprehensive program that begins with business attire and interview preparation and continues with professional development, financial management and personal enrichment,” using the model of “women helping women”.
On Thursday, June 9th from 6:30pm-9:30pm, you can join Bottomless Closet as they host a night of fashion and cocktails at The Park with emcee and celebrity stylist Derek Warburton. For $35 you will get cocktails generously provided by SKYY vodka, fashions courtesy of TJMaxx, and light hors d’oeuvres, as well as a runway show featuring real women who are clients of Bottomless Closet. VIP packages are also available for $100 per person. You can purchase tickets* by clicking here ahead of time or buy at the door for $40.
This is sure to be an amazing event honoring and helping women in need. If you’d like to learn more about Bottomless Closet and how you can help, visit their website. Can’t make the event but still want to help? Donations of all kinds are welcome, including in-kind handbags, shoes, jewelry, and professional attire for women, or money to purchase any of the above! In addition, being largely run by volunteers, extra hands always come in handy; volunteer your time for any number of projects, including mentoring, professional expertise, clothing consultation and more.
The Park is located at 118 10th Avenue @ 18th Street
*Must be 21+ to attend