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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! 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. 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 brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal
Meghan Markle definitely has style. From her wedding dress to her maternity wardrobe, she’s been setting trends left and right. But now the duchess is taking things one step further.
In the latest issue of British Vogue (which she co-edited), Meghan discloses that she’s been working on a fashion line. She even enlisted one of her BFFs, designer Misha Nonoo, to help. And while we’re sure the clothes will be super stylish, there’s something else to consider.
The fashion line will benefit her royal patronage Smart Works, a charity focused on helping women join the workforce by providing clothes and guidance. But the variety of donated clothes available at the charity is a little lacking. We’re talking mismatched colors and a narrow range of sizes. So Meghan decided to do something about it.
The way it will work is for each item a customer purchases from the capsule collection, one piece will be donated to Smart Works. That works for us. You’ll have to wait until fall to find out more about the collection. But we’re pretty confident it’ll be worth the wait.