Meghan Markle To Launch Clothing Line For Charity | Fashion News

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Meghan Markle To Launch Clothing Line For Charity | Fashion News

 

Meghan Markle has announced her partnership with Smart Works, an organisation that helps unemployed women back into the workforce.

 

The Duchess of Sussex is launching a capsule collection of workwear later this year, in support of the partnership.

 

The collection will be sold on a “one-for-one” basis, meaning one item will be donated to Smart Works every time a piece is purchased.

 

“Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together”, Meghan explained in a piece for the September 2019 issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited.

 

She has teamed up with Jigsaw, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and her designer friend Misha Nonoo to create a collection of “classic options for a workwear wardrobe”.

 

The Duchess became a patron of Smart Works in January, visiting their headquarters and helping to style one woman for a job interview.

 

The charity has grown quickly since Meghan got involved, and in February they helped 187 women in London, 50% more than it assisted in the same month last year.

 

Smart Works launched in 2013 with the desire to equip unemployed women with the tools, clothes and confidence necessary to land a job interview.

 

Women receive a session with a stylist, choosing from donated clothes, shoes and bags to wear for their job interview, and they also receive coaching from volunteers on how to ace the interview.

 

Many then return for a second outfit to see them through until they get their first pay cheque.

 

The service now operates across seven locations in the UK: North London, West London, Edinburgh, Greater Manchester, Reading, Newcastle and Birmingham.

 

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