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Meghan Markle announced on Tuesday that, in addition to guest-editing the September issue of British Vogue, she’s been hard at work on another special project. Later this year she’s launching a workwear collection with four brands—Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo—to benefit her patronage Smart Works, a U.K. charity that helps unemployed women get back into the work force.
On Wednesday, Markle provided a little more insight into the effort by sharing several photos of visits she made to Smart Works while she was pregnant with Baby Archie, whom she gave birth to in May. The images were posted to the official Sussex Royal Instagram account, and the caption states that Markle was moved by the “impactful work” she saw when she met with the charity. The organization not only helps women get the skills they need to feel job-ready, it also provides them with donated clothes they can use in their place of business. This is where Markle thought she could help.
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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