The Duchess of Sussex is on a roll with her fashionable projects this week. Days after revealing that she guest-edited the September issue of British Vogue, Meghan Markle has announced that she’s launching a capsule collection of workwear to benefit her royal patronage Smart Works, a charity that benefits disadvantaged and unemployed women who are entering or returning to the workforce.
Meghan broke the news in her Vogue UK issue, according to royal reporter Omid Scobie. She recruited an impressive set of collaborators for the project: British department stores Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, the Google tech incubator Jigsaw and her close friend and fashion designer Misha Nonoo.
The collection will launch later this year and will be sold on a ‘one-for-one basis’, meaning one item is donated for each item purchased. ‘Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together,’ Duchess Meghan explained in the magazine.
The Duchess of Sussex became the royal patron of Smart Works in January, and has a public engagement at the headquarters that month. During her visit, she helped style one woman for a job interview.
Meghan said during the trip ‘It’s not just donating your clothes and see where they land, it’s really being part of each other’s success stories as women.’
Smart Works has grown quickly ever since Duchess Meghan became involved. In February, the organisation helped 187 women in London, which is almost 50% more than it assisted in the same month last year. Considering the ever-persistent ‘Meghan effect’ – the phenomenom where an article of clothing will sell out after the Duchess wears it in public – we can only imagine the impact her upcoming collection will have on Smart Works.
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