Suit Yourself strives to increase the confidence and self-esteem of disadvantaged women searching for employment or making a transition into the workforce through the collection and distribution of quality wardrobe items.
Since Suit Yourself first opened their doors in 2002, it has helped more than 3000 disadvantaged women make a transition into the workforce by providing them with appropriate clothing and accessories at no cost.
In 2012, more than 600 clients were provided with quality wardrobe items for job interviews and employment opportunities.
About the Founder
Suit Yourself founder Karmen Masson always loved clothes—and helping others. In 2001, she found a way to combine these two passions. As a young lawyer, Masson recognized that lack of access to stylish and professional clothing was yet another barrier to underprivileged women who already lacked the self-confidence needed to turn their lives around and build new careers.
Masson started Suit Yourself in the basement of a 90-year-old downtown apartment building. During its first year of operation, Karmen and a handful of volunteers assisted 100 clients.
In 2009, Masson left her law practice to take on the role of executive director of Suit Yourself—a role made possible by support from the Stollery Charitable Foundation. In 2010, Masson was named one of Avenue Magazines Top 40 Under 40.