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SOFFA-Social Fashion Factory

Κεφαλληνίας 46, Αθήνα, Greece, 112 51, Greece
0030 6972279862
Lab Audience
  • Designers
  • Textile Designers
  • Fashion Designers
  • Artists
  • Students
  • Teachers
  • Engineers
  • Curators
  • Researchers
  • Entrepeneurs
  • Makers
  • Artisans
  • SME
  • Unemployed

SOFFA- Social Fashion Factory is a cooperative of fashion designers and professionals that provides for the livelihoods of refugees, survivors victims of human trafficking and Greek unemployed living in risk of survival through integration into work and micro-entrepreneurism. We create value for everyone involved!
• SOFFA provides training to trafficked survivors and refugees
• SOFFA produces from natural, man-made or recycled biodegradable materials
• SOFFA provides to its global community of fashion designers access to machinery and training on how to be an ethical and sustainable fashion entrepreneur through SOFE HUB
• SOFFA is the result of co-creation among various stakeholder groups, incorporating NGOs and the excluded populations themselves as shareholders and co-creators.

SOFFA offers transparency across the entire platform. SOFFA produces made to order customized bespoken shoes, clothes, uniforms and accessories for its customers. Social Factory of Zurich, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, Microsoft Hellas, Zita sneakers label, are some of its customers who have chosen to produce in SOFFA from sustainable textiles.
SOFFA together with refugees and other professionals developed, an online platform to provide refugees access to the workplace.
SOFFA performs weekly sewing trainings. The first one took place at Lavrio refugee camp, a second one was co-organized in collaboration with the NGO METAdrasi, and other training workshops are under way with other frontline NGOs and camp managers to identify the skilled refugees in fashion manufacturing.
SOFFA is the founding team of Fashion Revolution, a global movement active in 102 countries. Through children and adult workshops, movie screenings, seminars and various public events on sustainable and socially inclusive fashion, all over Greece, SOFFA raises awareness and trains the ethical consumers of tomorrow.
SOFFA produces a TV show Social Growth which follows the lives of various social enterprises. It is the first show in Greece for social entrepreneurship and startups. SOFFA has been invited at the Parliament TV Broadcasting Show on Social Entrepreneurship and has been interviewed by both Printed and Online Media. Furthermore, SOFFA has been invited to present its model in Startup Europe Week 2016 and various public events such as the International Conference of TCBL, the European Union funded project that aims to transform the Textile & Clothing sector and the Youth Speak Forum powered by AIESEC.
The story of SOFFA was presented in a documentary filmed by the Swiss director Daphne Bengoa produced by the Fluxum Foundation and it will be broadcasted worldwide in international festivals.
SOFFA has been shortlisted in the semifinals of Skoll Impact Award’16 of Oxford University Said Business School, of The Venture Chivas ’17 Competition and an Alpha Team of WebSummit’16.