Baystate Rug & Flooring dresses up Suit Up Springfield

Date: 6/11/2015

SPRINGFIELD – The idea that “clothes make the man” is not too far off base, according to a new study cited in The Atlantic, which determined that formalwear elicits feelings of power and changes a person’s thought processes.

The release of the study coincides with the recent opening of Suit Up Springfield, a community organization founded by Justin Roberts, development officer of American International College. Suit Up Springfield helps the young men of Springfield obtain professional attire and become professionally minded.

Through suit drives and donations, Suit Up Springfield collects and launders formalwear for men and distributes them free of charge to eligible men in the community.

The new facility, located at 296 Worthington St., Springfield, celebrated a grand opening and ribbon cutting ceremony May 13.

Baystate Rug & Flooring, a local, family-owned provider of flooring at affordable prices, based in East Longmeadow and Chicopee, donated over 300 square feet of luxury vinyl tile flooring for the Suit Up Springfield location; it was installed by TNT General Contracting, of Westfield, who donated their labor.

“We understand the importance of dressing for success and the impact that a suit can have on a first impression,” Joseph Montemagni, president of Baystate Rug & Flooring, said. “Suit Up Springfield donates professional attire to the young men who need it in order for them to grow as local professionals; it was only natural for Baystate Rug & Flooring to aid their mission by donating the flooring for their new facility.”

To learn more about Suit Up Springfield, or to hold a suit drive to benefit the local community, visit

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