The capsule collection will consist of workwear, after Meghan made several visits to the charity, which helps unemployed women get back into the work force, and realised that the fashion donations weren’t enough.
A statement on the Sussex Royal Instagram read, ‘After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview.’
So the Duchess decided to take matters into her own hands and create workwear essentials that will work for everyone, in collaboration with John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and her designer friend Misha Nonoo.
‘As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market,’ the statement read.
For each piece sold, one piece will be shared with a woman in need. Meghan wrote that ‘not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.’ n.