We know those hotties of Zuccotti have gotten you all hot and bothered, but the mass of people in weeks-worn cords and matted sweaters is, for certain parts of the country, apparently less hot and just plain bothersome. Seeing the opportunity to mess with perceptions, Professional Business Attire, a nonprofit that provides young people in the justice system with suits for job interviews and court, has started SuitsforWallstreet.org to cloak the protesters in their enemy’s uniform.
Or, at least, ease disdain from sections of Main Street (take, for instance, this Facebook status from a recently unfriended friend “Getting a haircut, shaving your faces/legs, and dressing normally would be a start.”) This Saturday, expert tailors and image stylists will bring donated bizwear to any protester who wants it.The group says the goal is to disrupt the way media portrays the occupiers by offering “images that cannot easily be written off, images that create the evocative confusion it takes to get people to read news articles. Photographs of peaceful anti-corruption protesters in business suits being kettled etc. could be quite effective. People in suits sleeping on the ground would have photographers there every morning.”
Gently worn or new suits can be donated to the PBA Working Group, by mail or drop-off to their Brooklyn offices.
Look sharp, Liberty Park!