Disposable or fast-fashion is having a profound impact on the planet. Unsustainable production techniques, coupled with the vast amounts that end up as landfill, are devastating for the environment. Plus, unethical manufacturing techniques are an ongoing tragedy for developing nations. One company looking to create change is The Social Outfit, a boutique fashion label based in Newtown, NSW. This sustainable and ethical brand designs, makes and sells unique garments using high-quality excess fabrics donated by some of Australia’s leading fashion brands. But the good doesn’t end there. The Social Outfit also train and employ new migrants and refugees to help produce their beautiful range of designer clothing – all from their Newtown store. With the support of Dreamstarter, they were able to turn a dream into a reality.
"In the right hands, fashion can be a powerful tool for positive change. The Social Outfit has figured out how to harness that power
Fashion writer, Podcaster and author of Wardrobe Crisis
In 2013, The Social Outfit received a grant from ING to help launch their Newtown store. Then, in 2015, they successfully crowdfunded with Dreamstarter and also took part in an ING staff pitch event where they raised another $19,000. And just last year The Social Outfit received a grant for growth from Dreamstarter to employ a full time retail manager to grow the business and continue their good work in the community. The Social Outfit have employed 18 people to date, for eleven of them it was their first paying job in Australia. They also offer sewing programs onsite and regularly collaborate with other passionate local initiatives to really make a difference in the community.
- 50% of the quality fabric used at The Social Outfit is donated by the fashion industry and in turn reducing what ends up in landfill.
- Produce quality, unique and vibrant garments from their Newtown shop using sustainable and ethical practices with profits going back into their training program
- Since 2013, over 150 people from refugee and new migrant communities have received training and greater employment opportunities through The Social Outfit
How to support the work of The Social Outfit:
Check out their online store and support sustainable fashion.
Visit their retail store in Newtown, NSW and see the clothes being made onsite.
Spread the word - follow and share The Social Outfit on social.