NIU business students launch affordable clothing store

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DEKALB, Ill. (WIFR) -- Students working tirelessly toward their dream careers may not have extra cash for clothes to match their aspirations.

That's where Northern Illinois University students Emma Stettner and Cordnei Gibson come in. They're seniors at the school's College of Business.

Stettner, from Crystal Lake, says she realized the need for a stepped-up wardrobe when she was a freshman interviewing to be in Delta Sigma Pi - a professional business fraternity.

"I was not prepared to go out and buy expensive business clothing, I ended up wearing the closest thing I could find in my closet," Stettner said.

That experience inspired her to propose the idea of opening an affordable business clothing store during a Student Advisory meeting in 2017.

Joined by fellow colleague Cordnei Gibson from Canton, Michigan, the idea turned into reality.

Stettner and Gibson did their research and presented their findings to faculty members at the College of Business.

Two years later, Barsema's Closet, located in Barsema Hall at the DeKalb campus, is set to open Wednesday.

The gently-used clothing store will offer suits for men and woman, ties, blazers, blouses, dress shirts and other clothing items ranging between $1 and $25.

Donations are welcome. Contact the owners by emailing