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High-End Shirtmaker Seeks Donations For Suit Drive

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) - A Center City suit-and-shirt maker that normally caters to the well-heeled is working to outfit those most in need this holiday season -- and they're looking for your help. 

For men who are trying to turn their lives around -- maybe they've just gotten out of prison, or are coming off welfare -- not having the right clothes can be a big barrier to scoring a new job.

Brian Lipstein, president of custom clothier Henry A. Davidsen, is working to change that.  He's partnered with charities MenzFit and Back On My Feet to collect gently used suits, sport jackets, slacks, and shirts.  They're given to those who show a commitment to change.

Lipstein says, "So they can walk in looking appropriate and having the confidence they need to really get themselves back on their feet."

Lipstein is collecting through the end of January.  Those who donate get a tax receipt and a 20% off coupon for his custom clothing shop.

Drop-off locations include:

- Camden Riversharks Stadium, 401 Delaware Ave., Camden, NJ

- St. Edmonds Federal Savings Bank, 20 Woodside Rd., Ardmore, PA

- SAP, 3999 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA

- American Male Salon, 10 Waterloo Ave., Berwyn, PA

- American Male Salon, 37 South 16th Street, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia, PA

- by appointment at Henry A. Davidsen, 17th and Spruce, Philadelphia, PA (call 215-253-5905)

Reported by Ian Bush, KYW Newsradio

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