Duchess Meghan returns from maternity leave, launches capsule collection for Smart Works charity

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FILE – In this July 13, 2019 file photo, Kate, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex smiles while sitting in the Royal Box on Centre Court to watch the women’s singles final match between Serena Williams, of the United States, and Romania’s Simona Halep on at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London. Meghan has guest edited the September issue of British Vogue with the theme “Forces for Change.” Royal officials say the issue coming out Aug. 2 features “change-makers united by their fearlessness in breaking barriers” and includes a conversation between Meghan and former U.S. first lady Michelle Obama. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis, File)

(ABC News)– Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, has debuted her latest project, a capsule fashion collection for charity.

The Smart Set capsule collection of “workwear essentials” is on sale in stores and online for at least two weeks starting Thursday. It benefits Smart Works, a U.K. charity for women of which Meghan is patron.

“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,” Meghan, 38, said in a statement. “It was just last September that we launched the ‘Together’ cookbook with the women of the Hubb Kitchen in Grenfell.”

“Now, one year later, I am excited to celebrate the launch of another initiative of women supporting women, and communities working together for the greater good,” she said in an Instagram post showing the behind-the-scenes of a photo shoot for the collection.

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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

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Meghan also thanked her partners on the collection, her friend and designer Misha Nonoo, as well as Jigsaw, a British fashion line, and U.K.-based retailers John Lewis & Partners and Marks & Spencer.

The collection’s blazer and trousers were designed and are available at Jigsaw; the tote bag “which fits all the essentials needed for an interview” is from John Lewis & Partners; a “classic dress, flattering to all sizes” is from Marks & Spencer; and the “perfect crisp white shirt” is by Misha Nonoo, according to Buckingham Palace. Each item is available in stores and on the web.

“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,” Meghan said. “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.”

Meghan launched the capsule collection at an event Thursday in London. She was greeted at the launch by Jo Bennett, head of buying women’s wear & accessories at John Lewis & Partners, and Kate Stephens, CEO of Smart Works.

PHOTO: Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to launch the Smart Works capsule collection on Sept. 12, 2019 in London.
Meghan, Duchess of Sussex arrives to launch the Smart Works capsule collection on Sept. 12, 2019 in London.

For each item purchased from the collection, one item will be shared with a woman at Smart Works. Meghan described the five-piece collection as one that will “equip the Smart Works clients with the classic wardrobe pieces to help them feel confident as they mobilize back into the work space.”

Meghan chose Smart Works as the first charity she visited after announcing her first four royal patronages in January. The London-based charity helps unemployed women get back on their feet and into the workforce through dressing and coaching services.

When Meghan visited the charity in January, she personally helped a woman style an outfit for her new job. The duchess saw during visits prior to her appointment as patron that the right choices or sizes were not always available for women helped by Smart Works, prompting her idea for the capsule collection, according to Buckingham Palace.

Meghan’s newest initiative to help the women’s charity comes just days after she flew from London to New York to help cheer on her good friend Serena Williams in the U.S. Open women’s final.

It also comes as she appears to be ending her maternity leave with her 4-month-old son Archie and stepping back full-time into royal duties.

Meghan has technically been on maternity leave since Archie’s birth in May but has continued to work behind the scenes on initiatives, including the British Vogue issue and thecapsule collection.

Meghan, Harry and Archie will travel to South Africa later this month for their first official overseas tour as a family of three.

The family will visit South Africa on behalf of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, according to Buckingham Palace.

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