Over 140 women from the Mar Vista Gardens area of Del Rey had the opportunity to browse through thousands of donated designer suits and clothing free of charge at the “Women’s Clothing Give-Away,” hosted by the Mar Vista Family Center on May 8th.

The Los Angeles Commission on the Status of Women, the office of City Councilman Bill Rosendahl and the Department of Water Power also participated in the event.

Many women across Los Angeles donated thousands of business suits and other articles of clothing to the drive, according to Rayshell Chambers, the legislative coordinator for the commission.

Popular brands such as BCBG, Armani, Express, Banana Republic and ElieTahari among others, were available for the women to choose from.

The event was a part of the commission’s “Women in the Workforce” initiative, which aims to increase the number of women in the workforce through collaborations among city departments, labor unions and community-based organizations.

The purpose of the clothing drive was to alleviate one of the many barriers in which underserved women must overcome to obtain employment — access to professional clothing for job interviews, according to the Mar Vista Family Center.

The women who attended had their choice of suits, slacks, and blazers.

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