The mother-of-one has partnered with British brand Marks & Spencer to launch a capsule collection of workwear, as well as with her fashion designer friend Misha Nonoo, John Lewis and Jigsaw.
The Smart Set capsule collection consists of the workwear essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and the perfect tote.
The four items, which cost between £19.50 and £199, will be sold online and in stores for two weeks and for every item purchased, an equivalent will be donated to Smart Works.
Meghan took to her Instagram account to share images of the full campaign, writing: “Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London…Today, The Duchess, alongside @SmartWorksCharity – in partnership with @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo – are incredibly proud to reveal to everyone, #TheSmartSet – a five piece capsule collection that will equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilise back into the work space.
Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Today, a year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good.
‘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 Duchess of Sussex”
The collection will aid Smart Works, a charity that supports unemployed women trying to enter the workforce. The charity has over 2,000 women every year across two offices in London, with over one in two clients succeeding at their job interview.
Meghan said: “When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.
“Taking the idea further, many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to the charity. Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
But this is not Meghan’s first venture into the fashion industry, while working as an actress on the popular drama series, Suits, before her marriage to Prince Harry, she had her own clothing line with local retailer, Reitmans. Ever since the Duchess came into the public eye the ‘Meghan Markle Effect’ has taken the world by storm.