Meghan Markle Returns To Work After Maternity Leave, Launches Charity Clothing Collection

Meghan Markle made her return to work Thursday after maternity leave, launching her capsule collection with Smart Works charity The Smart Set.

The Duchess of Sussex certainly knows a thing or two about the perfect working wardrobe and she proved that as she unveiled the new collection on the rooftop of John Lewis in London.

This marks her first solo engagement since giving birth to son Archie in May.

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The collection is brought in partnership with leading British fashion designers Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, and Misha Nonoo. It includes essentials to help get Smart Works’ clients work-ready as they attend interviews and enter the workplace.

The royal shared a statement and a series of snaps on Instagram of Smart Works clients — women who have successfully found jobs with the help of Smart Works.

All the items worn are from 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, who became the patron of Smart Works in January, said in a statement: “Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organizations 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.

“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.”

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