Big news for royal style fans: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, is launching a clothing collection!
The former Meghan Markle revealed the news in the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest-edited this year.
The capsule collection will feature “classic options for a workwear wardrobe,” she revealed.
The duchess asked the British brands Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners and Jigsaw to work together to design the collection. She also enlisted the help of her friend, designer Misha Nonoo.
There are no details yet on the specific pieces the collection will include, but it sounds like there will be plenty of versatile yet chic basics for the office.
Sales of the collection will benefit Smart Works, a charity that provides unemployed women with the tools and clothing they need to land job interviews.
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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
“Many of the brands agreed to use the one-for-one model: for each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” the duchess wrote in British Vogue. “Not only does this allow us to be a part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
The duchess recently became the royal patron of Smart Works, and she has clearly been inspired by her work with the organization.
“It’s the enthusiasm of the volunteers, the earnestness of the staff and, most of all, the blushing, bashful and beautiful smile that crosses a client’s face when she sees herself in the mirror, that I have found so profoundly compelling,” she wrote in British Vogue. “Because in that moment, she feels special and emboldened.”
It’s no surprise that the duchess has partnered with these brands to design the collection. She has been spotted in the past wearing items from Marks & Spencer, a popular British department store that sells clothing as well as home items and groceries.
The leather gloves she wore during her first Christmas with the royal family in 2017 turned out to be from M&S, retailing for about $28.
She also wore this $42 wool-blend sweater from M&S last January.
That same day, she wore a scarf by Jigsaw, the luxury British brand that collaborated on her new collection.
The former Meghan Markle no doubt drew on her past design experience when creating her upcoming clothing line. Back in 2017, she helped design a capsule collection for the Canadian retailer Reitmans, creating five versatile work-to-weekend pieces.
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#MMxReitmans look reveal no. 2! Introducing the #Poncho! Crafted in a super-soft #cashmere blend, this is THE poncho you’ll be reaching for. Available in select stores and online as of November 3. Sign up for the exclusive pre-sale, link in bio! // Look du Jour #MMxReitmans ! Voici le poncho mélange de cachemire. Une matière ultra-douce que vous allez adorer. Disponible dans les magasins sélectionnés et en ligne dès le 3 novembre. Inscrivez-vous pour être la première informée de notre prévente exclusive en ligne, lien en bio! #MeghanMarkle #Reitmans
The duchess didn’t reveal when her new collection will go on sale, or whether it will be available online as well as in stores, but one thing is certain: when the collection drops, it won’t take long to sell out!