COS, Visalia Leadership clothe students with Giant Threads

Visalia Leadership’s 2021-2022 class partners with COS Fashion Department for professional clothing trailer meant to serve job seeking students

VISALIA – The fashion department at College of the Sequoias has partnered with the Visalia Chamber of Commerce’s 2021-2022 Leadership Class to present Giant Threads, a mobile clothing trailer that provides new professional clothing to COS students on the job hunt. 

Giant Threads was founded by COS fashion professor Tiffany Wainwright, who says the mobile closet has been a longtime dream of hers. 

“My hope was to develop this program, and we were looking for a space, but just didn’t have an actual empty classroom to open it,” Wainwright said. “So last April, our provost at Hanford called me and said, ‘I have this really crazy idea: I have this old police trailer, it’s a 22 foot trailer that’s been sitting here, what if you used it for the clothing closet?’ And I was like, oh, my gosh, this is the best idea ever.”

With the help of a carpenter, Wainwright then turned the trailer into a posh mobile boutique. Clothes were purchased brand new, some out-of-pocket and some with help from a few sponsors. Their first event was held March 1 and helped roughly 15 students to find new clothes for an upcoming college conference. 

“The students were just beyond happy when they put on those outfits and looked professional,” Wainwright said. “So it’s just it’s been a great experience we’ve had.”

Giant Threads has events planned throughout each semester, and hopes to hold open hours in the future. 

“I just think it’s really beneficial to the students to have a brand new outfit because they’re going out into this world,” Wainwright said. “It’s their first impression, and to have something new that fits them, it’s gonna make a world of difference.”

Giant Threads is looking for sponsors to help fund future events. Anyone interested can contact Wainwright at [email protected]

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