She’s back! Marking the end of her maternity leave, Meghan Markle launched the Smart Set capsule collection to benefit her Smart Works patronage. Apropos, the multitasking royal mom made her first official post-leave appearance wearing pieces from the chic, classic collection. Dying for details about how you can get your hands on these amazing Duchess-approved pieces? We’ve got you.
First, a bit of backstory about the collection. Meghan worked with a handful of leading U.K. brands to develop the set, which consists of five pieces of standard yet elegant office attire — “workwear essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace,” as Smart Works puts it. For the launch in London, Meghan wore a “perfect crisp white shirt” from Misha Nonoo along with trousers from Jigsaw. In addition to those pieces, the collection includes a blazer from Jigsaw, a dress from Marks & Spencer and a leather tote from John Lewis & Partners.
Of course, the collection exists for a charitable purpose. For every item sold, one item will be donated to Smart Works — an organization that helps women who are entering or trying to enter the workforce by supplying resources such as clothing for the workplace and interview-skills training. In a statement to the press, Meghan explained, “When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.”
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Last month, The Duchess of Sussex surprised Smart Works clients during the capsule collection shoot in west London…Today, The Duchess, alongside @SmartWorksCharity – in partnership with @InsideJigsaw, @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer and @MishaNonoo – are incredibly proud to reveal to everyone, #TheSmartSet – a five piece capsule collection that will equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilise back into the work space. • “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell. Today, a year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good. Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of” – The Duchess of Sussex The collection – which features a shirt, trousers, blazer, dress and tote bag – will be on sale for two weeks starting today, with the objective of selling enough units to give Smart Works the essentials they need to help dress clients for the coming year! For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, this 1:1 model allows customers to directly support the Smart Works women by playing a part in their success story – how they look and more importantly, how they feel. Photo © @JennyZarins
This brings us to some bittersweet news. The sale of the collection will only last two weeks, starting today, and it’s already proving to be extremely popular. The tote bag has sold out, but you can join the waiting list to be notified when it’s back in stock. Click through the slideshow to shop the whole line — plus, discover tons of behind-the-scenes images of three women, Andrea, Kate and Zara, who went through Smart Works’ training program with great success and modeled the items for the campaign. That’s what we call fashion with a purpose.