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Man receives new wardrobe at mall special event

The Columbian
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VAN MALL: Glen Johnson gets measured for new clothing with menswear designer David Ambrico at the Big Reveal event at Vancouver Mall.
VAN MALL: Glen Johnson gets measured for new clothing with menswear designer David Ambrico at the Big Reveal event at Vancouver Mall. Photo Gallery

VAN MALL — Organizers at Vancouver Mall held a “Big Reveal” event for Glen Johnson, a 24-year-old local man with autism. Johnson, who has an interest in men’s fashion, was surprised with a wardrobe and other gifts during the June 26 event at the shopping center.

A men’s style influencer from Ghana heard about Johnson and brought him to the attention of David Ambrico, a top menswear designer. The group teamed up with Vancouver Mall to help Johnson achieve his dreams of eventually launching an autism awareness group.

Ambrico founded a group called Sartorial Santas that helps build confidence through clothing.

The group surprised Johnson at his home that day before having a personal fitting at the mall’s MyPerks lounge. Vancouver Mayor Anne McEnerny-Ogle thanked Johnson for “being a valued part of the Vancouver community and for shopping at the mall with his new international friends,” according to a news release.

“This was a day that took significant planning by menswear designers, stylists and journalists from around the world to make one young man’s dreams come true,” said Deborah Blackford, a spokesperson for the event.

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