In 2009, Wardrobe Boutique in Philadelphia opened as a stand-alone resale store to support Career Wardrobe’s mission of providing clothing for people in transition. This year Career Wardrobe celebrates the 10th anniversary of resale by opening a second public shopping and service location this summer at 62 West Marshall Road in Lansdowne, PA.
In line with the Philadelphia location, the Delaware County site will offer high-end resale clothing and accessories for all genders, as well as provide free apparel and services to clients from referral partners. A soft opening is planned for mid-August with a Grand Opening on Monday, September 16, the 10-year anniversary of The Wardrobe Resale ribbon cutting in Philadelphia.
Career Wardrobe also marks this occasion by realizing a long-term goal – using the retail store as a training environment for those interested in careers in fashion, retail, or customer service. With funding from corporate and foundation partners, both boutiques are able to offer paid internships where participants will learn valuable job skills in a supportive environment.
Wardrobe Careers Internships are open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in retail and customer service, especially those who have had difficulty successfully transitioning to permanent employment.
During the 12-weeks, interns will learn the importance of workplace norms and behaviors, specific retail and customer service skills, and employer expectations and responsibilities. Career Wardrobe plans to run three cohorts of the Wardrobe Careers Internship Program annually - February 1 - April 30; June 1- August 30; and October 1 - December 31.
Internship positions are available with two concentrations: customer service and online sales. Applications are available online.
Career Wardrobe’s expansion in Delaware County is supported by PA Department of Human Services PA WORKWEAR program along with State Senator Tim Kearney and Representatives Margo Davidson and Mike Zabel.
Career Wardrobe is one of the nation’s largest independent organizations empowering individuals transitioning to work with professional clothing, job search support, and professional development. Over its 24-year history, Career Wardrobe has empowered more than 90,000 people struggling with poverty, violence, or incarceration on their journeys to employment and independence. In 2016, Career Wardrobe expanded its successful Philadelphia model to the five-county area including Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, Bucks, and Berks Counties, providing professional clothing to unemployed Pennsylvanians receiving public assistance..