Soon, the public will be able to say their outfits were styled by Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex.
In the September 2019 issue (out Friday) of British Vogue she co-edited with Edward Enninful, the publication’s editor-in-chief, the 37-year-old announced her partnership with British brands and designers to create a workwear collection to benefit Smart Works, a charity organization she is a patron of which helps unemployed women re-enter the workforce. Keep reading to learn when the collection will be available and how Markle came up with the idea.
How Meghan Markle got the idea for a workwear collection
In an Instagram post today, Markle announced the “very special initiative” providing insight on how the collection came to be.
“Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and [sic] 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,” the caption read.
This observation resulted in the duchess creating “key workwear essentials” with the help of four British brands including John Lewis, Marks and Spencer, Misha Nonoo (Markle’s friend), and Jigsaw.
When will the collection launch?
According to the caption, the workwear collection will be “launching this autumn.” For every item sold, one item will be donated to a woman through Smart Works so she may feel job-ready and confident. Why the 1:1 model? Because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together,” Markle said.
While no details on what items will be in the workwear collection, we can assume “workwear essentials” means a blazer, slacks, a blouse, pencil skirt, and the like.
Markle’s collaboration with Reitmans of Canada proved to be a success when it launched during her pre-duchess years and we can only imagine this collection will do even better given the power of the Meghan Effect — anything she wears sells out almost immediately — and the good cause.
Read the Instagram post in its entirety below:
“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 [sic] 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 @SmartWorksChairty.
Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special [sic] organisation.
And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn.
“The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” Markle wrote in British Vogue.”
We can’t wait to see what other projects Markle unveils in the future!
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