The Social Outfit will continue to trade thanks to community donations.

The social enterprise, which assists migrants and refugees, faced an uncertain future following issues with developers.

After a necessary move, made possible via community donations, The Social Outfit has opened a new store-front and manufacturing space at 188 King Street, Newtown.

The Social Outfit each season partners with leading Australian designers including Romance Was Born and Carla Zampatti to divert excess and unused textiles.

Founder Jackie Ruddock said the enterprise will continue to trade.

“With community support from some of Australia’s leading fashion designers, we are able to divert excess and unused textiles otherwise headed to landfill to make our collections each season and we wanted to carry this sustainability story throughout our new store fit-out as part of this move."

The new site was created by interior designer Nina Maya, with a focus on sustainability.

“The concept behind the fit out was to create a soft, neutral background in which The Social Outfit’s collections could shine season after season. We stuck to a strict colour palette of white, nude and natural stone,” she said.

The shop floor, the hero of the space has been made using off-cuts of marble and exotic stones left over from residential jobs in the industry, which would otherwise be destined for landfill.

Donated to The Social Outfit via marble supplier Granite Marble Works; a mix of coloured and printed marble off-cuts have been laid to create a captivating and inspired design by Maya.

“Working with The Social Outfit on their store fit-out was the perfect way for me to give back in a purposeful way. I designed the shop fit out of their first store in 2014, and it is an honour to design their new home and be a part of this next chapter”," she said.

Maya has converted cardboard fabric rolls into display pods and the sales counter, which she has painted a soft nude blush pink. While the clothes displays have been made from recycled timber and painted white.

Blush velvet curtains and curved feature mirrors complete the space.

Photos:  Luisa Brimble

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