The Social Outfit is a fashion label with a difference.
We’re an independently-accredited, ethical trading social enterprise that provides employment and training in the fashion industry to people from refugee and new migrant communities in clothing production, retail, design and marketing.
We believe that by tapping into the creativity of refugee communities it can lead to empowerment and social inclusion.
The Social Outfit is a registered Incorporated Association, and recognised as a Public Benevolent Institution Charity. As we hold Deductible Gift Recipient Status, any donation made to us over AU$2.00 is tax deductible. Further, as a trading social enterprise, any income generated from product sales is directed back into the organisation in order to deliver on our social mission. We are registered with, and report regularly to, the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).
We are also ethically accredited by Ethical Clothing Australia and the Good On You app. The Social Outfit is accredited and licensed to display the Ethical Clothing Australia trademark on its Australian-made garments.
Ultimately, we want to continue to make and sell quality products that help financially empower people, and provide customers with unique pieces that tell amazing human stories.
Photo by Kimberly Low for Broadsheet
More about our Social Enterprise Model:
Research shows that there continues to be a critical need to provide alternate methods of training and employment pathways to ensure that people from refugee and new migrant communities have the greatest chance of success as they settle in Sydney. People from our community often face complex barriers to social inclusion and skills development. Our model effectively deals with these issues by:
- starting from existing skills so people can contribute
- as a trading social enterprise we interface daily with the broader communities
- our ‘fashion-label with a difference’ proudly showcases a talented multicultural Australia.
We focus on supporting refugee and new migrant women and young people to be work ready or develop goals for their future so they can feel a sense of belonging and purpose.
By working from the traditional and cultural strengths of our diverse community, we aim to build-up lasting skills.
We run a clothing retail store, onsite manufacturing and sewing school from 353 King Street, Newtown, founded in June 2014.
By working with fashion and community partners to create our clothing collections, we support refugees and new migrants to gain vital skills and work experience, develop social connections and feel empowered to transform their lives.
70% of our activities go into running our store and workroom, where we provide employment opportunities for refugees and new migrants in ethical clothing manufacturing and retailing. 30% of our work goes towards running free training and education programs that expand social connections and provide positive experiences for refugees and new migrants.
Our operational model is based on the award-winning and successful social enterprise, The Social Studio, launched in Melbourne in December 2009. The Social Studio supported our start-up, and the two organisations operate in a supportive partnership while maintaining separate legal entities and governance processes.
We work in partnership with the following specialist organisations:
- Asylum Seekers Centre
- Community Migrant Resource Centre
- Fairfield High School / Parents’ Cafe
- House of Welcome
- NSW Service for the Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture and Trauma Survivors (STARTTS)
- Red Cross Migration Support Programs
- Settlement Services International