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 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.