Humber is helping students dress for success and teaching them about sustainability with its upcoming Eco Closet event.
Students, staff and faculty will be able to visit the Learning Resource Commons on Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and purchase gently used business attire at a discounted rate. All proceeds from the event will go to the charity Youth Without Shelter, an Etobicoke-based emergency shelter and referral service for youths.
For those that already have business attire, clothing donation bins for the event can be found at the Office of Sustainability and in the Fashion Resource Room until Nov. 16. Event organizers say they are currently looking for more blazers and business pants in a wider array of sizes.
Humber fashion students will also be on hand at the event to offer style tips. Attendees will be able to build a business-appropriate wardrobe without breaking their budget.
Second-year fashion student Tenae Atkinson said she knows about the cost-related stress of dressing for interviews.
“We are all going into the working world after this, you know internships and actual jobs and most people don’t even know where to start,” Atkinson said. “You know it’s really expensive to go out and buy a suit.”
Anke Föller-Carroll, a professor in the School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism, said feeling comfortable and dressing appropriately is an important part of any interview.
“It’s paramount. Not only showing up and looking a certain way, but not worrying about the way you look makes you perform so much better,” Föller-Carroll said.
The Eco Closet event is being organized by students from the Fashion Arts and Business program with collaboration from the Office of Sustainability and other departments across Humber.
Clothing waste is a growing area of concern in the fashion industry. Rachel Leblanc, a second-year fashion student, said sustainability is important to her and her classmates.
“You don’t realize how much waste actually goes into the process of the fashion industry. With that being said it’s something near and dear to our whole program … and definitely something we need to work on in the future,” Leblanc said.
Devon Fernandes, Humber’s sustainability specialist, said he’s glad to work with passionate students.
“I’ve talked to quite a few students in that program and it’s something that’s important to them. So, it’s kind of a natural collaboration with our departments,” he said.
“The Office of Sustainability is always looking to collaborate because sustainability just doesn’t look at the environmental impact, it also looks at how we can engage people to talk about issues,” Fernandes said.