12th Sep 2019
Meghan Markle new capsule collection
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, has launched a new capsule collection called ‘The Smart Set’ to support the women’s charity, Smart Works
Meghan Markle has just unveiled her brand new capsule collection. Aptly named ‘The Smart Set’, the collection includes five, classic wardrobe pieces to help women feel confident as they mobilise back into the workplace.
The Duchess of Sussex worked on the collection with Smart Works, a charity providing clothing and coaching for unemployed women with upcoming interviews. She also worked on the pieces in partnership with some of the biggest players in the fashion industry, including Jigsaw, John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, and Misha Nonoo.
‘Proud to be part of’
Announcing the news via the Sussex Royal Instagram page, Meghan Markle said, “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,” she continued, “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,” she said.
The capsule collection
The statement went on to say Meghan Markle’s collection will feature a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag; all of which will be on sale for two weeks starting September 12. The objective of the collection is to sell enough units to give Smart Works the essentials they need to help dress clients for the coming year.
“For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, this 1:1 model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story – how they look and more importantly, how they feel.”
Writing recently in British Vogue, the mother-of-one 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. To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe”.
Needless to say, the brands agreed, and the rest is history.
Shop ‘The Smart Set’
M&S Collection Petite Crepe Shift Dress, £19.50 from MarksandSpencer.com
The Smart Set Shirt, $125 from MishaNoNoo.com
Leather Smart Set Tote Bag, £109 from JohnLewis.com
Paris One-Button Blazer, £199 from jigsaw-online.com
Paris Slim-Fit Tapered Trouser, £120 from jigsaw-online.com
Photos: Jenny Zarins for Sussex Royal
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