Meghan Markle has dropped some major news: she’s starting a clothing line.
Making the announcement on Thursday, the Duchess of Sussex revealed she’s partnering with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners, Jigsaw and her designer friend Misha Nonoo to create a range that will raise money for a British charity.
The charity is SmartWorks, a non-profit that provides underprivileged women with professional clothing and other essentials to help them get job interview-ready. Meghan was pictured making a visit to SmartWorks in London back in January.
A statement shared to the @sussexroyal Instagram account explained that for every piece purchased from Meghan’s fashion line, a piece will be donated to SmartWorks.
“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 … [but] 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.”
Revealing that Meghan’s fashion line will launch in the Northern Hemisphere autumn (Australian spring), the statement said:
“The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key work-wear 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 100% as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market.”
Meghan and Misha will work together to design the capsule collection. You might remember Misha is rumoured to have first introduced Meghan and Harry.