Who we are & what we do
The Social Outfit is a fashion label with a difference.
We believe in an Australia where refugees and new migrants are warmly welcomed and settle well, celebrating our diversity and collective skills and strengths.
Founded in 2014, we are a registered charity operating a work-integration social enterprise. Our mission is to support refugee women to kick-start their Australian careers via our manufacturing studio and retail clothing store.
We create ethical and sustainable clothing collections that are celebratory by design, showcasing the skills, creativity and strengths of refugee and new migrant women. We participate in the circular economy and reduce the environmental impact of our clothing collections by using remnant/deadstock fabrics, saving tonnes of fabric from landfill. Our retail store connects our diverse community and contributes to positive discourse about multicultural Australia.
Our training and employment 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. As of November 2022, we have trained over 700 and employed 74 people from refugee and migrant backgrounds. For 85% of those who worked with us, The Social Outfit was their first Australian job.