If you haven’t yet had the pleasure, I encourage you to wander on down to The Social Studio at 128 Smith St. Collingwood, Melbourne.
You will soon discover that this place is not just a shop, it’s an inspirational fashion hotspot where you can buy original designs made onsite from reclaimed and up-cycled fabrics. The masters behind the clothes come from Melbourne’s refugee community who design and sew these fabulous creations you see hanging on the racks.
There’s a lot going on in the studio – people hard at work behind industrial sized sewing machines, fabric dyeing and a great little cafe next door where you can have coffee and lunch.
This is Ava, the Yves Saint Laurent of the Social Studio, working hard on next season’s menswear range which I am told will reference Africana colour and prints.
And the good news is that the Social Studio is franchising. Genius social entrepreneur and leader of the fashpack Jackie Ruddock will be starting a sister organisation to the Social Studio called the Social Outfit in Sydney. Follow her blog here which will tell you all about it.