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Bags of Success! 1,040 handbags for Dress for Success

Bags of Success! 1,040 handbags for Dress for Success!

Caci has partnered with Dress for Success to support their mission of helping women achieve economic independence, and helping them back into the workforce.

Dress for Success has a handbag shortage, and it’s an important accessory when fitting a client for a job interview. So, for two weeks, Caci invited Kiwis to have a look in the wardrobe; find a new or gently used handbag, donate it to Dress for Success and swap it for a facial!

Over the two week period; 40 Caci clinics from around NZ received over 1,040 handbags. One client donated 29 handbags from her own collection, and Caci Merrivale in Christchurch received the most donations, with 73 handbags in total!

“We are ecstatic with the result - it far exceeded our expectations, we can’t thank everyone enough for their support” Emily Stevenson, Marketing and Communications Manager, FAB Group.

A team of ‘handbag experts’ from Dress for Success has been sorting through all the bags and they will be donated to their 8 locations throughout NZ, to support their mission of helping women achieve economic independence and helping them back into the workforce.

“We will have enough handbags for nearly every client, it’s amazing!” Michelle Pleydell, President, Dress for Success Bay of Plenty (Rotorua and Tauranga).

Any bags that aren’t quite up to scratch for job interviews, will be donated to other charities.

Since launching in NZ in 1999, Dress for Success has assisted nearly 45,000 and up to 72% of their clients gain employment. They empower women with skills, confidence and clothing to make it happen – and this includes dressing them for an interview, from top to bottom, handbag included.

L-R: Judi Hartley; Founder of Dress for Success NZ, Chelsea Cresswell; Caci, and Sue Lewis-O’Halloran; Regional Director of NZ & Australia Dress for Success Worldwide.


About us: At Caci our business is driven by women: we employ over 200 women in New Zealand and 90% of our customers are women. Our purpose is to give women confidence, and we believe that investing in women’s confidence has the power to drive economic growth and strengthen families and societies. We have partnered with Dress for Success to support their mission of helping women achieve economic independence.

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