FREMONT, Calif., Nov. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Men's Wearhouse and Kenneth Cole Productions launched the "AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole" collection in November 2015 with the mission to create tailored clothing so the modern man can "look good, for good." This Veteran's Day, Men's Wearhouse and Kenneth Cole Productions are proud to announce that the "AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole" collection generated over $870,000 in donations over a 12-month period to support two U.S. nonprofit partners: Hire Heroes USA and HELP USA. The funds, split evenly between the two charities, support their mission to assist U.S. military veterans. "Our efforts to build a product line synonymous with a charitable give back have been successful. We see this initiative as part of our continued company-wide goal of giving back to the communities in which we serve," says Scott Norris, Brand President of Men's Wearhouse and Moores.
Since the launch of the collection, a one percent contribution from all gross sales of "AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole" products sold exclusively at Men's Wearhouse have been allocated towards these charities. "This collection was created to continue our ongoing initiative to raise social awareness around the United States Military Veteran population and their transition into the civilian workforce," said Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole Productions. "We look forward to the continued success of the AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole line and to continue to support our charitable partners."
The benefitting charities partnering in this mission have a strong history supporting veterans. Hire Heroes USA transforms military service into civilian success through its free, best-in-class career counseling programs and services, generating an estimated economic impact of nearly $70 million in the veteran employment space through 5,500 clients confirmed hired since January. HELP USA is one of the nation's largest homeless service providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. Among its more than 50 programs and residences, HELP USA serves more than 1,500 veterans annually, providing supportive services such as job training and employment search in addition to safe, stable housing.
On November 11, Men's Wearhouse and Kenneth Cole Productions participated in the New York City 2016 America's Parade. Produced by the UNITED WAR VETERANS COUNCIL, the parade is the largest Veteran's Day Parade in the United States. The AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole float featured military veterans and representatives from Men's Wearhouse, Kenneth Cole Productions, HELP USA, and Hire Heroes USA, as well as over a hundred marchers in support of the partnership. Kenneth Cole, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Kenneth Cole Productions, awarded Brian Stann, President and CEO of Hire Heroes USA and Marine combat veteran, and HELP USA's Jahmila Vincent, Program Director at HELP Hollis Garden Apartments, and Linson Baily Alexander, Executive Director of HELP USA's National Supportive Services for Veteran Families, with their donation checks.
About Men's Wearhouse
Founded in 1973 and a subsidiary of Tailored Brands, Inc. (NYSE:TLRD), Men's Wearhouse is the largest specialty retailer of men's apparel and rental product in the U.S. with over 850 stores nationwide. Men's Wearhouse carries a full selection of suits, sport coats, slacks, formalwear, sportswear, outerwear, dress shirts, footwear and accessories in non-exclusive and exclusive merchandise brands such as Joseph Abboud, AWEARNESS Kenneth Cole, BLACK by Vera Wang, among others. Tuxedo and suit rentals are available at both Men's Wearhouse and Tux stores, which also offers a limited selection of retail merchandise, and Men's Wearhouse stores nationwide.
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About Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
Kenneth Cole is an American designer, social activist, and visionary who believes business and philanthropy are interdependent. His global company, Kenneth Cole Productions, creates modern, functional, clothing, shoes, and accessories for inspirational urban lifestyles under the brand names Kenneth Cole New York, Kenneth Cole Reaction and Unlisted, as well as footwear under the name Gentle Souls. The company has also granted a wide variety of third party licenses for the production of men's and women's apparel, fragrances, watches, jewelry, eyewear, and several other accessory categories, including children's footwear. The company's products are distributed through department stores, better specialty stores, company-owned retail stores and its e-commerce website. Over 30 years ago, Kenneth Cole leveraged his passion and unique brand platform to make a meaningful impact on people's wardrobes, as well as communities in need. He did what others didn't and said what others wouldn't. Today, The Kenneth Cole Foundation remains committed to helping communities in need by supporting Collective Health, Civil Liberties, and Artistic Activism.
About Hire Heroes USA
Headquartered just north of Atlanta, in Alpharetta, Ga., with seven additional branch offices around the country, Hire Heroes USA is a Charity Navigator 4-Star rated nonprofit that provides consistently effective, individualized career coaching services to transitioning military members, veterans and military spouses with an uncompromising focus on results. For more information about our mission, our services, and how to get involved as a corporate partner, employment partner, donor, or volunteer, please visit us online at hireheroesusa.org and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
About HELP USA
HELP USA is one of the nation's largest homeless service providers and low-income housing developers serving at-risk populations including families, veterans, and victims of domestic violence. HELP USA currently serves more than 8,000 people every day at over 50 programs and residences across four states. Founded in 1986, HELP USA has served more than 375,000 men, women, and children and provides over 3,500 units of permanent and transitional housing.
Additional supportive services offered by HELP USA include: employment training; veterans services; medical services; HIV/AIDS services; early childhood education; mental health services, and domestic violence counseling. For more information, please visit www.helpusa.org.
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Released November 14, 2016