The Duchess of Sussex has unveiled her workwear capsule collection which will raise money for Smart Works. The charity, which is one of Meghan’s royal patronages, provides support for unemployed and disadvantaged women trying to re-enter the workplace.
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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 – which features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today, with the objective of selling 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. Photo © @JennyZarins
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With partners including Jigsaw, Misha Nonoo John Lewis and M&S, the range – named The Smart Set – will be sold on a “one-for-one basis,” meaning an item is donated for each item purchased. The collection features a perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well-cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and a versatile tote.
“I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good,” said the Duchess in a statement today. “When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.
“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,” she added. “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.”
In August, she shared a preview of the offering with a series of Instagram Stories which showed her behind-the-scenes at the collection shoot.
The Duchess herself is known for her polished, yet modern style, favouring oversized shirts, skinny jeans, high-waisted trousers and midi dresses.
From: Harper’s BAZAAR UK