Meghan Markle Launches Smart Works Fashion Line Wearing Designs She Helped Create

Clay Curtis
September 12, 2019

© Catalyst LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 12: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex launches the Smart Works capsule collection on September 12, 2019 in London, England.

Britain's Duchess Meghan returned to work on Thursday for the first time following the birth of her first child with husband Prince Harry to launch a new fashion range whose sales will help a charity supporting unemployed women.

The Duchess of Sussex held a press conference in London to launch the new line while wearing two pieces from the collection, a white button-down shirt from Misha Nonoo and some slim-fit black trousers from Jigsaw.

"The reason I was drawn to Smart Works is that it re-frames the idea of charity as community, which, for me, is incredibly important: it's a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits". After quiet visits to Smartworks over the a year ago, 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.

Smart Works has helped more than 11,000 women and aims to dress 3,500 this year across their two London offices, and additional bases in Edinburgh, Manchester, Reading, Birmingham and Newcastle.

Explaining what she loved regarding the charity, she acknowledged: "There is in total a misunderstanding about Trim Works being a makeover, a manner level to of "before and after", where a woman is magically transformed into something greater than she used to be before". Meghan became its royal patron in January.

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Bringing together leading British brands and fashion designers Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo, the collection features work wear essentials and classic pieces which women need for interviews and the workplace.

Smart Works client Kate said wearing the collection "made me feel like a boss - powerful and strong". Our Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Sussex, @sussexroyal and Smart Works have collaborated with leading British fashion designers @johnlewisandpartners, @marksandspencer, @insidejigsaw and @mishanonoo to create a flawless working wardrobe for our Smart Works clients.

It also comes as she appears to be ending her maternity leave with her 4-month-old son Archie and stepping back full-time into royal duties.

For the press conference and photo call, today, Markle teamed the white shirt by Misha Nonoo ($155) with black trousers by Jigsaw ($150) from the five-piece line that she helped to conceive.

'That said, she's made a clever, well-advised move; all the items in her capsule collection can be worn by women of any age'. More precisely it's about the launch of a work capsule wardrobe range for the not-for-profit organisation Smart Works.

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