Meghan, Duchess of Sussex has launched her capsule collection for Smart Works.
In the September 2019 issue of British Vogue magazine, which she guest-edited, Meghan announced she was teaming with executives at U.K. high street retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, and Jigsaw, as well as her fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo, to create a line specialising in professional clothing which will benefit Smart Works, an organisation which helps unemployed women regain the confidence they need to succeed at job interviews.
After teasing the range for the past month, Meghan unveiled the full collection at an event in London on Thursday.
“When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career,” she said in a statement. “Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.”
The Smart Set consists of the essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone, and the perfect tote. Items are now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the U.K., and are offered in a range of different price points, sizes, and colours.
Meghan, who became the patron of Smart Works in January, went on to explain that she was inspired with idea for the line after discovering donations to the charity weren’t always the right choices or sizes.
And Kate Stephens, chief executive officer of Smart Works, is thrilled with the final result.
“We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible. Every woman who walks through our door will know that another woman cares about her and has invested in her future,” she commented.
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