September 24, 2022

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Fashion, The needs of women

Social Scene | Community Builders: Vincent and Dress for Success Ottawa

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Vincent is a women’s clothing store located in Little Italy. For the last seven years, during each change of season the shop will host a day where they do a donation drive for Dress for Success. When customers bring in their unneeded clothing, they are rewarded with a discount on a new purchase from the stunning boutique. “There are a lot of things that we just don’t wear in our closets,” said co-owner Amanda Papalia. “We wanted to get our customers to mindfully shop but give those gently used clothes to a great cause. That is where Dress for Success comes in.”

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Dress for Success Ottawa is all about empowering women and those who are gender nonconforming, giving them the clothes and tools they need to look great and thrive in their chosen profession. “Dress for Success Ottawa is a locally-based charity and part of an affiliate that is worldwide,” said Alison Sochasky, the organization’s development and programming manager. “We are able to connect and empower women to re-enter the workforce and really grow in their careers. In addition to the clothing component, there is the funding that is required to run services such as interview preparation, resume writing, career coaching, skills development and more.”

The co-owners of Vincent are currently collecting women’s clothing that will be taken to Toronto where Ukrainian refugees will be to select items that will work for them. “It really helps with closet cleansing but also helps two really great organizations,” said Angie Cambareri, co-owner of Vincent. “We will be accepting more everyday pieces for the Ukrainian group,” she added.

For more information, you can reach out to the sisters that co-own Vincent through their website www.shopvincent.ca. For more information on Dress for Success Ottawa, you can go to their website at https://ottawa.dressforsuccess.org.

Alison Sochasky, development and programming manager of Dress for Success Ottawa, says the organization helps women from all walks of life by providing professional clothing attire and a support network. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
Vincent co-owners Angie Cambareri and her sister Amanda Papalia. “They have an incredible program; it’s a pillar in our community,” Papalia said of Dress for Success Ottawa. “They help women get back on their feet. We really want to help keep empowerment going.”
Vincent co-owners Angie Cambareri and her sister Amanda Papalia. “They have an incredible program; it’s a pillar in our community,” Papalia said of Dress for Success Ottawa. “They help women get back on their feet. We really want to help keep empowerment going.” Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia
“We hit above our weight class,” Sochasky jokes. “We have very limited storage so we can only accept what we can immediately dress a woman in.” Dress for Success Ottawa lists on their website the items they are currently able to accept. Scheduled drop-offs can be arranged if you have unneeded interview-ready clothing.
“We hit above our weight class,” Sochasky jokes. “We have very limited storage so we can only accept what we can immediately dress a woman in.” Dress for Success Ottawa lists on their website the items they are currently able to accept. Scheduled drop-offs can be arranged if you have unneeded interview-ready clothing. Photo by Ashley Fraser /Postmedia

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