Duchess Meghan is doing great things this year! From becoming a first-time mother, to guest-editing the 2019 September issue of British Vogue which comes out tomorrow, August 2nd, to now becoming a fashion designer! The goal is to create a clothing line that will benefit her royal patronage, Smart Works, which is a charity that helps women get jobs.
Duchess Meghan: Fashion Designer
"When you walk into a Smart Works space you're met with rack of clothing and an array of bags and shoes," Meghan writes in British Vogue. "Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes."
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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
Duchess Meghan Launches Fashion Line for Smart Works
"To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Mischa Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe. 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."
Meghan Markle and Mischa Nonoo: Friends for years
Meghan and Nonoo have been friends for years and so their partnership seems incredibly fitting. Mischa Nonoo attended Meghan and Harry's wedding as well as Meghan's New York baby shower earlier this year. They were also quite close always posting pictures of each other on Meghan's Instagram account before she deleted it when she got engaged to Prince Harry.
We are so proud of Duchess Meghan's continued work that is truly making a difference. We can't wait to see her new fashion line and to see how it benefits those who use the charity Smart Works.