Meghan Markle to launch her own line of women's clothing in collaboration with John Lewis and M&S for charity
Meghan Markle has persuaded retailers John Lewis, M&S, and Jigsaw, along with designer friend Mischa Nonoo, to create a capsule collection of women's wear which will benefit a charity named Smart Works
The Duchess of Sussex Meghan Markle is all set to bring out her very own women's clothing line in aid of charity. She revealed the news in the new issue of British Vogue.
According to a report in the Daily Mail, Meghan has persuaded British retailers John Lewis, Marks & Spencer, and Jigsaw, along with designer friend Mischa Nonoo, to create a capsule collection of women's wear which will benefit Smart Works, a charity that helps women back into the workplace. The charity helps women belonging to disadvantaged backgrounds get prepared for interviews by providing them with clothes, confidence and the coaching they need to succeed.
Each time a piece is bought from one of the retailers, a 'like for like' product will be donated to charity, the report said.
In the magazine, Meghan explained, "Not only does this allow us to be part of each other's story, it reminds us we are in it together."
The mother of one had become the royal patron of Smart Works in January and had a public engagement at the charity organization's headquarters at London the same month.
She had helped style one woman for a job interview. During her trip, Meghan had shared, "It's not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land, it's really being part of each other's success stories as women."
Ever since Meghan got involved, the charity has been growing fast. By February, the organization had managed to help 187 women in London.
Writing in the September issue of Vogue, which Markle guest-edited - the 37-year-old explained, "When you walk into a Smart Works space you’re met with racks of clothing and an array of bags and shoes. 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. 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," she wrote.
More details of the clothing line will be released in autumn, a spokesman for the Duchess revealed.
However, this is not Meghan's first fashion venture. Before marrying Prince Harry, she had her own clothing line with local retailer Reitmans which featured vegan leather trousers.