The Social Outfit has launched a fundraising campaign to sustain its future.

The ethical fashion label, based in Newtown, provides fashion employment and training to refugee and migrant communities.

It regularly collaborates with high-profile fashion brands, including Romance Was Born and Carla Zampatti.

While the The Social Outfit has been operating out of its premises for four years, this has now changed.

"We are now being forced to move," the fundraising page reads.

"After four years at 353 King Street, our landlord has decided to redevelop the property and we need to find a new home.

"Moving is never easy. Commercial rent is highly competitive in Newtown and we need to ensure we are accessible to both people from refugee and new migrant communities, and to people wanting to buy ethically-produced, locally made fashion."

After much searching and negotiation, the business has now found a new home: 188 King Street Newtown.

While the site is almost double in size, the label is hoping to raise funds to help with the disruptive move.

"Our new rent is 40% higher, and the moving itself comes with necessary and significant costs.

"Moving our retail store and re-establishing our workroom and studio all come with unavoidable expenses.

"Most importantly, we don’t want this move to impact our ability to continue offering our sewing training and community programs with women and young people from the refugee and new migrant community."

The Social Outfit hopes the campaign will allow it to continue trade, as well as training and employment programs.

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