Meghan Markle launching clothing line to be sold in John Lewis and M&S in aid of charity

The Duchess of Sussex is teaming up with John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, Misha Nonoo and Jigsaw to create a clothing line that will launch in September and benefit one of her patronages, Smart Works.

The charity provides women with an outfit, confidence and the coaching they need to succeed at a job interview.

Writing in the September issue of Vogue, which she guest edited, Meghan explained: "When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes.

"Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colours, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.

"To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friend, the designer Misha 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."

A post on the Sussex Royal Instagram page has revealed further details, along with pictures of Meghan visiting Smart Works while still pregnant with baby son, Archie, earlier this year.

The post read: “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 [100] 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.

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"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.”

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