In Septembers issue of British Vogue Meghan Markle, who also guest edited this issue, reviled she is partnering with designer and friends Misha Nonoo. They will create a collection dedicatied to working women. The line will be released in September and will benefit her patronage Smart Works, a charity that helps women obtain jobs.
“When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes,” Meghan shares in Vogue. “Sometimes, however, it can be a potpourri of mismatched sizes and colors, not always the right stylistic choices or range of sizes.”
“To help with this, I asked Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and my friends, the designer Mischa Nonoo, if they were willing to design a capsule collection of more classic options for a workwear wardrobe,” she added. “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.”
Nonoo and Meghan have had years of friendship far before she became the Duchess of Sussex. When Megan still had an Instagram she and Nonoo posted many photos of each other. Nonoo has also been in attendance to both the royal wedding and Meghan’s NYC baby shower.
How Smart Works runs is by giving clients one-on-one interview prep and an outfit that will help them secure employment. Once a client receives a job, they then are given five more pieces to get them through .
“The reason why I was drawn to Smart Works is that it reframed the idea of charity as community…..it’s a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits,” wrote Meghan.
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