Romance Was Born is the latest brand to collaborate with The Social Outfit.

The Social Outfit provides fashion employment and training opportunities to people from refugee and new migrant communities.

It has the ability to train over 70 new migrants and refugees over each year.

For spring/summer 2017, it has teamed up with three partners to produce artworks and products reflecting a hopeful Australian spirit.

Romance Was Born has re-released a pattern from its archives as part of the collaboration, featuring artwork by Linda Jackson which appears throughout the collection.

The Social Outfit has also worked with two Melbourne-based Burmese artists, whose colourful tapestries have been digitally worked into silk fabrics.

Lastly, the brand has worked with Merrylands Community Artists, inviting young people from the new migrant and refugee community in Merrylands to create collaged artworks.

These artworks were made during creative workshops into a collaborative print design.

With its retail store in Newtown (Sydney), The Social Outfit manufactures and retails its product locally, in collaboration with industry supporters and designers.

In the past this, has included the likes of Ken Done and Carla Zampatti.

The Social Outfit in numbers

Manufacturing and the retail store operations account for 70% of activity across the organisation.

The Social Outfit currently employs nine people from the community.

30% of The Social Outfit business is for 100% charitable purposes with a focus on training and education.

The Social Outfit has the ability to train over 70 new migrants and refugees over each year.

The Social Outfit have collaborated with over 23 Australian fashion brands to date.

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