They say you only get one chance to make a first impression, and with job interviews often this can be the most intimidating prospect of the whole ordeal.

But a new clothes borrowing scheme which has opened in Brixton is making this daunting decision a little easier.

Ihateironing is an on-demand laundry delivery service and it is through their partnership base that Brixton Library will receive, and store, donations of clothing for people to borrow for their interviews. 

Created to offer support to the local community, the new partnership allows job seekers to borrow smart clothes from the Library for their next interview to help them dress for success.

Abibat Olulode from Brixton Library and Matt Connelly, ihateironing Founder and CEO (ihateironing)

According to the latest ONS figures, the number of unemployed across the UK increased by 22,000 in the last quarter of this year to reach 1.3 million, while the number of job vacancies fell to the lowest level since 2017.

“We understand that clothes for an interview can be expensive and not everyone can afford a smart outfit that they may only wear a couple of times, so we’re building a collection of clothes at Brixton Library that can be borrowed by the local community to help everyone dress for success, whatever their circumstances” ihateironing founder and CEO Matt Connelly commented. 

The workwear scheme at Brixton Library has also been chosen as one of the 16 charities and not-for-profit organisations from across London to benefit from support from London City Airport’s Community Fund.

The grant awarded will go towards the purchase of additional clothes and accessories to supplement the items already donated, to help the scheme support as many people as possible.

The scheme is in a similar vein to Meghan Markle‘s initiative which she launched with Smart Works, which saw her design a capsule collection of four pieces, with a percentage of proceeds being donated to the charity.

Smart Works is a community-focussed project which aims to get women back into work, providing them with an outfit and coaching for interviews. Since 2014, it has helped over 11,000 women across the UK get back into work.

ihateironing’s range of smart clothing donations is now available to borrow from Brixton Library. 



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