three women standing in front of a cutting table at the social outfit workroom in newtown

The Social Outfit is a fashion label with a difference. 

We are a registered charity operating a work-integrated social enterprise.
Our mission is to support refugee women to kick-start their Australian careers via our manufacturing studio and retail clothing store.

By our tenth anniversary in June 2024, we aim to have provided 1000+ training outcomes, 100+ refugee jobs and paid over $1.8M in wages to the refugee and new migrant community. You can help us reach this goal by making a donation to support our community programs!
Note: The Social Outfit is a registered charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible
Ready to donate? Select the program you want to fund and your monthly donation amount, below.
Keen to learn more? Scroll on to learn about our impact, programs and Giving Circle member perks!!

 

Our Impact

Since opening our doors in 2014, we have created ethical employment for 73 for people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds, paying over 1 million dollars in wages for over 50,000 labour hours worked. For 60 of these people, it was their first Australian job and 48 people have transitioned to ongoing employment. Additionally, over 700 people have been trained through our sewing school, 63 have participated in our digital print projects and over 800 people have engaged with us through other various community art programs and events we run.

infographic displaying the different impact figures from The Social Outfit

Our Community Programs

Our community programs focus on sewing and textile crafts enabling participants to build on their existing skills while learning new ones, strengthening confidence and social connections in a supportive environment. We offer entry level community engagement activities, intermediate sewing training programs, paid work experience (in retail and textile manufacturing) and ongoing employment within our social enterprise.

  • Retail Training Program – Whenever you pop into the store you will most likely get to meet one of our retail trainees. Our trainees are given paid work experience in our Newtown store, where 'on the job' learning is consolidated through our 12-module training manual and video classes in our online school. Trainees have a dedicated mentor and access to our network of volunteer recruiters to support them as they apply for ongoing employment at the conclusion of our program. We graduate up to 16 young women from refugee and new migrant backgrounds each year. To date 24 young women have done our Retail Training Program and 85% have transitioned to ongoing employment. 

 Sewing Technician, Wissam   /   Head Sewing Technician, Naw Esther
  • Community Sewing Classes  - Working in collaboration with our non-profit partners in Western Sydney, we meet women in their local community to offer sewing and textile craft classes. These programs are primarily about community engagement and are designed to build confidence, social cohesion, networks and connections for the students. Typically our students are extremely isolated, suffer complex barriers to employment and severe disadvantage. Participants are supporter to progress from these entry level programs to more advanced training, paid work experience and employment, depending on their interests, skills and needs. Many of our students have gone on to secure external employment, work placements or paid designer agreements through us. We also offer online sewing classes, making these skills and community connections even more accessible.
  • "Earn and Learn" Paid Work Experience Programs- Working on an industrial sewing machine in our Marrickville workroom, more experienced students are trained to produce items to be sold via through our fashion label. They gain exposure to a professional garment manufacturing workroom and are paid the textile award casual rate for their work. 
  • Community Print Projects – Art is good for the soul! Our signature digital print projects are designed to offer creative arts and self-expression opportunities for people who may not other wise have access to such programs. We partner with schools and community groups to reach at risk refugee and new migrant youth to create a collaborative digital print, which is then featured in our signature clothing collections. Participating young artists are given opportunities to see how creative skills can translate in to careers.

Patternmaking students in The Social Outfit workroom   /   Sewing Technician, Janette

Why Support Us:

The Social Outfit brings to the table 8+ years of experience with supported, refugee employment. We bring our fabulous Newtown store and ethical Marrickville workroom, our strong networks with settlement services partners, a talented, hard-working team and strong governance from our Board.

We've got a lot of strengths, but at this difficult time, we simply cannot do it alone. We cannot deliver these community programs without the support of our amazing donors! 


Become a member of The Social Outfit’s Giving Circle for as little as $10/month to show your support for refugees, women’s empowerment and job creation. Giving Circle members receive the following benefits:

  • 10% off our clothing online and in-store.
  • Quarterly donor news
  • Priority invites to our events and a first view of new collections.

Together we can strengthen our communities, celebrate our diversity and help people from refugee and new migrant backgrounds to thrive through employment!

 
Liverpool Digital Print Project participants (left to right), Wurood, Reem Hind & Balsam, with model Nya (centre).
First image: CEO Camilla (centre), with Head Sewing Technician Naw Esther (far left), and (left to right) Sewing Technicians Janette, Shiva & Wissam.