You only get one chance at a first impression, in fact, according to research you only have a tenth of a second. Well for some, this tenth of a second could be the difference between a new job or a life of poverty - that's where Sharp Dressed Man comes in.

The non-profit organization was founded in Baltimore in 2011, as a partnership between the Baltimore Fashion Alliance and the Living Classrooms Foundation, by Christopher Schafer and his son Seth. The goal of the group is to support men re-entering the workforce from prison or rehab. Schafer is a custom tailor in downtown Baltimore, who designs suits with a starting price tag of $3,000. The idea for 'Sharp Dressed Man' came to Schafer when he was looking for a way to dispose of his high-end suits his clients were no longer in need of. During the week he collects donations from clients and locals and then on Wednesday's men can come in for a free suit fitting, haircut, and hot meal before their job interviews.

As someone who battled with addiction himself, he knows the importance of receiving a second chance to make a new impression. "I really think that the biggest thing, though, is a guy who gets treated with respect. And some of these guys have not been. They have not treated themselves with respect, nor have been treated with respect," he told PBS.

Over the years Sharp Dressed Man has established connections with dozens of job agencies, instituted a referral process, and is now looking to expand. Unfortunately, in 2016, their building caught on fire. The company has managed to stay in business thanks to donations, however, they soon hope to receive a $25,000 grant from State Farm in order to carry on helping others in need and positively changing lives.

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incoherent screaming
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2 years ago

He looks like a college professor but a fun one

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SykesDaMan
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2 years ago

He looks good in both!

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Jo Smith
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2 years ago

But why did he cut his hair? The curly hair is lovely!

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Aussie Stace
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2 years ago

The life of class fits him

Aisha La Gatta Pelirroja
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2 years ago

I mean...I don't know...I love that Stormtrooper shirt and I want one for myself. But I also have to admit, that this suit makes him realy classy.

Dorothy Cloud
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2 years ago

So distinguished.

Linda Wanless Knittle
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2 years ago

Look of confidence

SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

I think he looks good in both

Pobin Rice
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2 years ago

But he doesn’t does he be honest...

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Heather Boardman
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4 months ago

Looks more dignified. Stay away from the previous style which should only be worn by 18 year olds

Valentina Vitale
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4 months ago

Looks nice in both - sweet face

Melissa Warburton
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1 year ago

Suits show. So much class!!

Flowergirl Power
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2 years ago

He is standing taller in the suit. People don't realise how important dressing well is good for the ego, how you carry yourself and how you feel about yourself etc.

scrappyrat
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2 years ago

I kind of prefer the first pic. He looks cool in a fun, nerdy way.

Heather Boardman
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4 months ago

Too old for this style which is for kids

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Rick Gonyo
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2 years ago

Good job here.

Mary Dixon
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2 years ago

Mr. Professor!

Alina Nacev
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2 years ago

I don’t like those trousers

Rhon
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2 years ago

Wow!!!

Linda Wanless Knittle
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2 years ago

Looks confidence

Jade Lynn
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2 years ago

Wow!

furious_lover
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2 years ago

very handsome

diane a
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2 years ago

not sure about the light trousers - feel they clash with his top half

Sheila Gaylord
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2 years ago

I think his zipper is open,

Chyppa Homer
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2 years ago

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Left: A fun dude with clearly great taste in movies (and everything else evidently), who refuses to age. Right: Generic, sad, old man in suite

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LOttawa
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2 years ago

Looking chic :)

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Mika N
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2 years ago

The after outfit seems to still suit his personality well, more than some other afters in the list.

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Nancy Jeckells
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2 years ago

love his smile! you look great !

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Aussie Stace
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2 years ago

He looks like a nice guy

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Coco
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2 years ago

nonono, he was way better in the first one.

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Abe
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2 years ago

IS IT ME, OR DOES HE GROW A FEW INCHES

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cwa92464
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2 years ago

rocks it regardless

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Camilo Rivero
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2 years ago

That pose tho

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SandaPanda
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2 years ago

He looks like a nice man! Would hire 10/10

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Laura Ford-Everett
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2 years ago

Amazing! That smile!

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Abe
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2 years ago

DAMN SON

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April DyAnne
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2 years ago

He needs a more taylored suit and something much more edgy to match his tattoos.

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Rhon
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2 years ago

Very stylish

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Aunt Messy
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2 years ago

He looks great, but he needs to lose the facial hair.

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Daria B
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2 years ago

The pose and expression is so same it's impressive. It feels like those dress up games.

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Nicole Rosandich
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2 years ago

This guy is going places. Watch out world!

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Daria B
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2 years ago

He looks like he can read your thoughts.

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Clare Bond
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2 years ago

Boom !!!

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Aunt Messy
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2 years ago

Now THAT'S a nice beard.

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

Looks very professional, earpiece and all!

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

He looks like he wants to change the world!

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Laura Ford-Everett
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2 years ago

Looks Humble

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Lola
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2 years ago

Looks better without the suit. Maybe a different suit.

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

Looks like someone who wants to use his resources to change the world. Love the smile!

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Nicole
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2 years ago

That smile! :)

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Nicole Rosandich
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2 years ago

Another man with a great smile.

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Rhon
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2 years ago

Oh this gorgeous man was born to wear a suit!!

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SnowyLynx
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2 years ago

Looks like an honest politician

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Abigail Kreiss
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2 years ago

Nice smile

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Rebekah
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2 years ago

Handsome.

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Megan O'Neill
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2 years ago

both pictures look nice :)

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