NEW YORK, Jan. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Natural French beauty retailer L'OCCITANE has donated $120,000 to Dress for Success, a gift that will help up to 2,400 women begin their journey to achieving their professional goals in 2016. L'OCCITANE U.S. Managing Director Maddie Smith presented the check to Dress for Success Worldwide CEO Joi Gordon during a ceremony in New York City yesterday.
L'OCCITANE had pledged to donate $10 for every gift set purchased during the 2015 holiday season (up to $120,000) to Dress for Success to help prepare women for job interviews.
"Presenting our donation to Dress for Success was an extremely emotional and gratifying experience," said Smith. "Philanthropy is at the heart of everything L'OCCITANE stands for, and knowing our funds will make a difference in the lives of so many women is deeply meaningful and inspiring."
L'OCCITANE has been a long-time advocate for the economic independence of women supporting women's leadership programs in West Africa for over 20 years. In 2015, the brand's North American headquarters partnered with Dress for Success to empower women on a local level and deepen the brand's commitment to female empowerment on a global scale.
"We are grateful to L'OCCITANE for choosing to support our women and for also providing an easy, fun way for their customers to get involved this holiday season as well," said Gordon.
Since 1997, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women throughout the world achieve their professional goals through career-advancing services. From suiting to mock interviews to employment retention and money management programs, the nonprofit helps provide women with the tools they need to secure a job and become a successful employee.
Founded by Olivier Baussan 40 years ago, L'OCCITANE captures the true art de vivre of Provence, offering a sensorial immersion in the natural beauty, fragrance and lifestyle of the south of France. From the texture of L'OCCITANE products to their scent, each skincare, body care and fragrance formula promises pleasure through beauty and well-being—a moment rich in enjoyment and discovery that goes beyond tangible benefits to create a different experience of Provence.
About Dress for Success®:
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. Since starting operations in 1997, Dress for Success has expanded to almost 150 cities in 20 countries. To date, Dress for Success has helped more than 850,000 women work towards self-sufficiency. Visit www.dressforsuccess.org to learn more.