In a chaotic world when fashion bloggers frantically arrange their flowers, food, coffee and accessories on plain white sheets, The Social Outfit reminds me of what fashion should be about; powerful social change outside squares on Instagram. I walked into the retail store and I saw wooden panels and colourful garment pieces, accessories and homewares neatly displaying on racks. A window into what I was about to discover, I saw students working with sewing machines at the back of the store.
The Social Outfit is a recently opened social enterprise made up of a retail store and fashion design school in Newtown. The design school component provides practical training for new migrants and refugees to learn skills in fashion, design and retail.