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The late Congressman Louis Stokes was known as a sharp-dressed man.

His daughter Lori, a New York City newscaster, says, “Everything had to be pressed. Everything had to be fresh. There was, I think, a Stokes look.”

Joseph Scafidi, the haberdasher /tailor who helped Stokes pick out and make his suits, said the look was “traditional, classic with a little flair. But not too much flair, just enough to look good…He was a very meticulous person.”

Stokes’ widow Jay and daughter Lori came up with a winning idea about how to re-purpose his suits and other parts of his wardrobe.

They are giving them to the Lutheran Metropolitan Ministry.

“As a Stokes, there is a responsibility to give back, that’s what was taught in our household,” Lori Stokes said.

“I feel this is what he would want. He’s want his clothes in Cleveland. He was C-Town’s baby boy,” she explained.

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