Duchess of Sussex launches fashion collection to help unemployed women
Meghan has been hailed as the driving force behind the ‘amazing initiative’.
The Duchess of Sussex has been praised for being the driving force behind an “amazing initiative” in which high street shoppers support unemployed women through their purchases.
At the flagship London store of John Lewis and Partners – one of the project’s retail partners – Meghan launched the Smart Set capsule collection for Smart Works, a charity that provides training and interview clothes to women.
Meghan, who is Smart Works’ royal patron, approached a group of retailers and her designer friend Misha Nonoo to create a collection of timeless work pieces as she realised the right sizes or items were not always available for the charity’s clients.
Kate Stephens, chief executive officer of Smart Works, said: “It’s just the most amazing initiative.
“It’s a new kind of charitable endeavour, really bringing together brands from across the sector to launch this campaign.
“It’s incredibly generous of them but also really exciting – it’s almost like a new community of brands and retailers and the customer.”
A classic dress, flattering to all sizes from Marks & Spencer, and a crisp white shirt from womenswear designer and the Meghan’s friend Ms Nonoo, also feature.
The duchess launched the collection from the store’s sixth floor open-air terrace, where the clothes and accessories were on display as part of a reception.
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