Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.
Dress for Success was started In 1996 by Nancy Lublin. She teamed up with three nuns in her area and, identifying a crucial need that was not being filled, founded Dress for Success in the basement of a church in Manhattan that same year. From that original basement boutique, the mission of Dress for Success spread over all of North America and then across the globe, demonstrating that achieving economic independence is a challenge that all women face regardless of their location, language, customs or culture.
Two years after forming, Dress for Success is now in 22 different cities throughout the United States, and in 1999 they established their first international location. Today, there are more than 149 Dress for Success affiliates in 26 countries — these numbers increase every year.
Dress for Success Worldwide is located in New York and oversees our global affiliate network. Their purpose is to offer long-lasting solutions that enable women to break the cycle of poverty. Dress for Success is part of a global movement for change, empowering women to obtain safer and better futures. They provide each client with professional attire to secure employment, but also focus on more than the clothes. Besides physically equipping the client with apparel and accessories, their programs furnish women with a confidence that she can carry forever and the knowledge that she can actively define her life, the direction she takes and what success means to her.