Holiday Season Sending Dates!
When it comes to shopping for the holidays, we're of the opinion that preparation is key!
That's why we wanted to let you know ahead of time the dates we can ship by and still get your gorgeous ethical gifts to where they need to be.
We've got gorgeous jewellery, perfect purses and all manner of stocking fillers available in-store and online for that special person!
If we have your item in stock at our shop, we are able to ship express up until Sunday December 19 and it should arrive in time for Christmas as per Australia Post's guidelines. If you're not sure whether your item is in stock , please feel free to give our store a call or send us an email and we'll happily confirm whether your item is in stock for you!
However, if your order is not in stock at our shop and needs to be produced, please order express shipping by COB Wednesday December 15th if you're looking to put something Social Outfit under the tree this Christmas, or regular shipping by COB Sunday December 8th.
Please note that we are no longer able to guarantee delivery by the 25th if you are shipping to/from WA or NT as per Australia Post's guidelines.
Please note that orders over $250 qualify for free REGULAR post. If you require your order to come before Christmas, please note the above date and nominate express shipping at checkout.
You can find more information at Australia Post: https://auspost.com.au/sending/christmas-sending-dates
Announcing our soft re-open!
It might seem like déjà vu, but that doesn't mean we're any less joyful to announce that we are re-opening our Newtown shopfront to fully vaccinated customers from Saturday, 16 October!
It's been a tricky and challenging lockdown, but the team has been working away in the (socially distanced and COVID-safe) workroom to bring you a whole variety of beautiful new products.
The health and safety of our staff, our community and our supporters is the most important thing for us - that's why all staff in the store will be fully vaccinated and wearing a mask, so we ask that you help us by following all of the current regulation set out by the NSW Government. Supporters that visit the store will need to provide proof of vaccination and check in at the door, and masks are mandatory within the shop (we've got our own gorgeous reusable ones if you're looking for some!)
We'll be doing a soft re-open on Saturday, 16 October & Sunday, 17 October. We'll be closed during the week (18th Oct - 22nd Oct), but will be open with our regular trading hours from Saturday 23rd October! Check out the re-opening schedule below for more info.
We can't wait to have you back in the store and amongst all the beautiful clothing that our wonderful refugee and new migrant sewing technicians have been working on. If you can't make it into the store - fear not, you can get your ethical shopping fix online!
Satuday, 16 October: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, 17 October: 11AM - 5PM
Monday, 18 October - Friday, 22 October: CLOSED
From 23 October, trading hours will resume as usual.
Satuday, 23 October: 10AM - 6PM
Sunday, 24 October: 11AM - 5PM
Monday, 25 October: 11AM - 5PM
Tuesday, 26 October: CLOSED
Wednesday, 27 October: 10AM - 6PM
Thursday, 28 October: 11AM - 7PM
Friday, 29 October: 10AM - 6PM
Dear Prime Minister,
TO: The Hon. Scott Morrison, MP Prime Minister of Australia
FROM: The Australian Fashion Industry
Dear Prime Minister,
As members of the Australian fashion and textile industry, we, the 52 companies listed below, write to express our deep concern for the evolving situation in Afghanistan and to call on the Australian Government to urgently increase its efforts to resettle Afghan refugees.
The fashion and textile industry represents an important sector of the Australian economy having contributed more than $27.2 billion to Australia’s economy last year.
As a sector, we stand ready to support refugees from Afghanistan to build safe and fulfilling lives in Australia. This is something we have done before. Australia has a long tradition of responding decisively and generously to humanitarian crises, as demonstrated by special intakes of Albanian Kosovars in 1999 and Vietnamese refugees following the Vietnam war as well as more recently, with the intake of refugees from Syria and Iraq. Numerous members of these communities have been employed by the Australian fashion sector, especially in manufacturing. We can do it again.
Fashion labels such as The Social Outfit have made it their raison d'être to train and employ refugees to put them on a path to successful integration and the Australian fashion and textile industry is committed to continue supporting this work.
The enormity of the present crisis and the threat it poses to life and freedom cannot be underestimated and warrants a similar increased humanitarian intake as has been extended in previous crises. This has been recognised by Canada and the United Kingdom with each committing to taking 20,000 Afghan refugees.
In addition, it is critical that family reunion, especially for immediate family, be prioritised and urgently expedited. There are many Australian residents and citizens with immediate family in Afghanistan. Many of them are employed in our sector and we have seen first-hand how settlement cannot be achieved without family reunion. The current situation calls for a renewed action in facilitating family reunion.
Further, all Afghan refugees and asylum seekers in Australia must be granted permanent protection in light of the changed circumstances in Afghanistan. These individuals will not be able to return to Afghanistan with the Taliban in power. Given they are likely to be in Australia indefinitely, they should be granted permanency as this is critical in being able to fully participate and contribute to life in Australia.
In closing, we wish to reiterate to the government our willingness to support all Afghans seeking safety in Australia, and our readiness to support Australia in increasing its humanitarian commitment to the people of Afghanistan.
Artisans of Fashion
Australian Fashion Council
Cloth and Co
Corban & Blair
Doodad and Fandango
Ginger and Smart
Juju and Co
Luna and Sun
Peter Simon Phillips
Romance was Born
The Common Good
The Social Outfit
The Very Good Bra
#WeWearAustralian was born from a need to create a sense of commitment to our community, unite the Australian fashion industry and in the process uplift local Australians in need.
Ethical, sustainable and local production sits at the heart of everything we do at The Social Outfit. The on-going pandemic deeply impacted the our local fashion industry and the brands that have committed to employing and supporting Australians. #WeWearAustralian is a rallying cry of support for our community that needs your support right now.
All of our garments are produced right in the heart of the inner-west of Sydney in our on-site Newtown workroom. Our garments are crafted by refugee and new migrant women that we support and empower through employment.
By supporting brands that manufacture locally just like us, you're ensuring that sewing technicians and makers, many of them women, are and will continue to be employed during this difficult time.
The campaign asks - as do we - of the Australian public to back Australian made, to support local employment and production, to look to local industry for inspiration and use your money to make a difference!
If you'd like to find out more, click here.
And the best way you can support us? By buying our wonderful ethically made products - created on-site by refugee and new migrant sewing technicians, of course!
By purchasing our gorgeous garments and accessories, you provide us with the means to support, employ and upskill more women just like our Retail Trainees and Sewing Technicians.
Click here to shop some of our incredible garments, all locally and ethically made in Newtown.
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