Fabric Drive!



Are you planning a bit of a spring clean? Have an old stash of fabric that you've never quite got around to making into something? Why not donate it?! We're running a two week long FABRIC DRIVE from October 8 - 23, and we would LOVE to put your old, unused fabrics to good use! Check out all the details below, and if you have any questions feel free to contact us. You can send or drop your fabric off to us in store - it's as easy at that!   


How to support as individuals and crafters…

Donations should be quality fabrics that are suitable for clothing production and over 1 metre (on rolls are ideal). If you have upholstery fabrics or questions about what you can or can’t donate, please get in touch with us on 02 9550 3691 or at info@thesocialoutfit.org. Sorry, but we are unable to take any fabrics stored with mothballs.


How to support as designers and fabric stores…

We’re seeking both printed and plain fabrics, ideally in manufacturing rolls. We can also discuss donations of manufacturing equipment and clothing production sundries. All clothing brands who support our work are recognised on our website and promotion, and current industry supporters include Seafolly, Carla Zampatti and Ginger & Smart.



In Store: Mon - Sat from 10am-5pm, Sun from 11am-5pm

Fabrics can be delivered or sent to: 
The Social Outfit
353 King Street
Newtown NSW 2042

Thank you, and we can't wait to create with your donations!

x The Social Outfit


October 09, 2015 — Jackie Ruddock

Launching #MakingMoreForGood

We're launching a crowdfunding campaign to grow our creative work, and we'd love your support!

By supporting our #MakingMoreForGood campaign, you will allow us to develop our creative projects and there's some AMAZING rewards, like:

  • A limited-edition fashion print by Australian designer Eloise Rapp, digitally-printed onto silk, and available as a scarf, tunic or dress
  • A limited-edition fashion print created with talented women from the Karen (Burmese) community, digitally-printed onto silk, and available as a scarf, tunic or dress
  • A ticket of entry to our first birthday party, to be held on Wednesday 22 July 2015, 6-8pm at a Sydney central location
  • A ticket to attend a site visit of The Social Outfit, and then hear from Australian designer Eloise Rapp about her own creative work. Held on Wednesday 8 July 2015, 6-8pm at The Social Outfit, 353 King Street Newtown.
  • Plus, if you like our work, and you want to donate money, then that's possible too! All donations will be used for developing our creative digital print programs with people from new migrant and refugee communities.

Note: the two prints available at our #MakingMoreForGood campaign are only available online, and will not be sold in-store. This is your chance to support our work, and also own a limited piece of The Social Outfit's growing fashion label.

Support The Social Outfit and get your reward here... 

    Tell me more about the designers involved?

    THE SOCIAL OUTFIT LOVES RAPP. Eloise Rapp is an art director, textile & graphic designer and product developer based in Sydney.

    After graduating with honours from the University of Technology, Sydney’s renowned fashion design course, Eloise went on to work for three studios as a fashion and textile designer before relocating to Shimokitazawa, Tokyo in 2010. In Japan she began working as a trend forecaster for WGSN, writer for Tokyo Fashion Week and art director on fashion shoots and club events. 

    In 2011 Eloise launched her eponymous scarf label, featured on The Design Files and now stocked in select boutiques across Australia and the US. She currently works part-time as designer and creative coordinator for the Ken Done studio.

    Eloise has worked with Ken Done, WGSN, Vantan Design Institute, IKEA, House of Fraser, Mayamiko, Art & About Sydney, Husk, Aaryn West Design Studio, Japanese Streets, Teto Records, Tokyo Indie, The Social Outfit, The Social Studio, Mink Pink, Seduce, Bluejuice, Suboo, Thread Textiles, Mambo, Cooper St, Country Road, Milk by Lindy Klim, Flinders Lane, Milk&Honey, Coast Clothing, Specialty Fashion Group, Mattel, Target and Tessuti Fabrics.

    THE SOCIAL OUTFIT LOVES OUR COMMUNITY. Be involved and watch as we co-create and design a print with talented women from the Karen (Burmese) community. This work will be taking place live throughout the campaign, so it's a chance for you watch the work developing.

    Plus, you'll get to choose if you want the community print or RAPP print at the close the campaign. Or, perhaps you'd like both! 

    Can I see images of the rewards?

    We'll keep updating you throughout the campaign about all the rewards on offer. On our Facebook page we'll share images, designs and updates as we progress...

    You can see more about the sizing and clothing rewards here too.

    Here's an early look at the design image of 'The Social Outfit Loves RAPP' limited edition abstract print:

    ING Dreamstarter and the StartSomeGood crowdfunding platform

    In order to support us, you'll need to register with StartSomeGood. This will allow us to stay in touch with you over the campaign. It doesn't takes less than 2minutes, and then you can support us by PayPal or securely with your credit card. If you're having any issues, please let us know.

    Campaign link here.

      Making More for Good. The Social Outfit for ING Dreamstarter from The Social Outfit on Vimeo.

      Our campaign in more detail...

      Very soon, on 26 June 2015 The Social Outfit will celebrate one full year of retail operations and community space. We have learnt a lot about how to nurture meaningful participation from refugee communities and what it takes to run a fashion retail store. 

      After a year of proving our social enterprise model, The Social Outfit is ready to grow. We have seen for ourselves the impact of employment and skill development, and are hungry to do more. This campaign will allow us to involve the community in the creative process and therefore generate more employment for refugees and new migrants.

      The Project: Digital Design Training

      People involved with us this year have told us how much they love our creative and strengths-based programs. Digital design training will allow community members to develop new skills and knowledge. In addition to being personally rewarding, the design process encourages creative expression, story telling and the exploration of cultural backgrounds.

      By teaching participants how to create a digital print design, we can invite community members to contribute a design to be featured by The Social Outfit. This is a positive and fun way to celebrate the skills and talents of the diverse cultures in Australia and create belonging through fashion and design.

      8 Good Reasons For You To Support Our Campaign

      1. We’re celebrating creativity. Fostering creative expression is a positive and fun way to learn from and nurture the skills and talents of our incredibly diverse community. By working from traditional and cultural strengths people build up lasting skills.
      2. We can do more. Facilitating community print designs will allow us to grow our impact, encouraging participation from different community groups. This program is focused on developing design skills and cross-cultural communication.
      3. Let’s change the conversation. Refugee and new migrant issues are frequently featured in the media in divisive terms. Our inclusive philosophy focuses on the benefits of a multicultural Australia.
      4. Shop local. Located in Sydney, all our garments are made on site in Newtown. (Side note: You're welcome to visit us during the week to see where our garments are made and the care that is taken with each piece.)
      5. Create employment. Creating community prints will fund garment production and subsequently more employment.
      6. We’ll reward you! We’ve got two incredible limited edition print designs to thank supporters for investing in our future. We want you to wear The Social Outfit with pride!
      7. Endorse ethical fashion. Employment. All our technicians and retail staff are paid in line with relevant award wages and we offer secure employment contracts. Fabric. We use digitally-printed silk, produced by our sister organisation in Melbourne, The Social Studio. Our clothing is also made from excess fabric donated from the fashion industry. This saves quality fabric from landfill, and allows us to use remnants and 'end of rolls' in our work.
      8. Good to wear. Made for good. Do good, feel good, look good.

      Find More Good...

      We're sharing our journey on facebook.com/thesocialoutfit
      Tag and follow us on Instagram @thesocialoutfit
      Keep in touch via Twitter @thesocialoutfit  

      Show your support #makingmoreforgood

      Any other questions? Then be in touch with jackie@thesocialoutfit.org