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Meghan Markle Is Launching A Clothing Line To Benefit Charity

This is so awesome!

Not only is Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, known for her chic style, but she is also known for her giving heart. Prince Harry’s wife of one year is dedicated to using her high profile to help disadvantaged women. Now, the former American actress is combining her love of fashion and philanthropy by a creating a clothing line to benefit the Smart Works charity.

Smart Works is an organization in the UK that helps women re-enter the workforce by providing interview training, wardrobes and more. Markle was named a patron of Smart Works in January 2019.

Markle is partnering with the British brand Jigsaw and her fashion designer friend Misha Nonoo to create women’s workwear, according to Tatler. The capsule collection (meaning it will be limited edition) will feature classic options that any working woman could wear.

The collection will be carried by British retailers Marks & Spencer (similar to Target or Walmart) and John Lewis (similar to Bloomingdale’s or Macy’s). The items will operate on a one-for-one system, in which for every piece purchased, one piece is donated to charity.

Markle shared the news herself in the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest-edited.

The clothing items are meant to be “not a hand-me-down, but rather a hand being held,” the Duchess wrote in British Vogue.

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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! 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, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. 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. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear 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 💯 as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal

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There will be more updates about the clothing line announced in the fall.

Editing British Vogue

Markle first announced her role as guest editor for the magazine on Instagram. The issue features articles on groundbreaking women including “Orange Is The New Black” actress Laverne Cox, supermodel and motherhood advocate Christy Turlington-Burns and climate change activist Greta Thunberg. The duchess herself interviewed former First Lady Michelle Obama for the issue.

Reads an Instagram post on the Sussexes Instagram account:

“We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: ‘Forces for Change'”:

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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” – The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange

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Advocating For Women

At her first speaking engagement as a royal, the Duchess of Sussex was already speaking up about women’s empowerment, a cause that is important to her.

“I hear a lot of people speaking about girls’ empowerment … and women’s empowerment — you will hear people saying they are helping women find their voices,” Markle said. “I fundamentally disagree with that because women don’t need to find their voices. They have a voice, and they need to be empowered to use it and people need to be urged to listen.”

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She continued, “Right now with so many campaigns like #MeToo and #TimesUp there’s no better time to continue to shine a light on women feeling empowered and people really helping to support them.”

When she visited Smart Works charity after officially becoming a patron of the organization, she noticed how the support of the organization opened an opportunity to help become apart of each woman’s life in a significant way:

“It’s a part of community that I’m so drawn to here. It’s not just about donating your clothes and seeing where they land – but being a part of each other’s success stories,” she said in this video clip from Instagram:

The reported fashion line will be yet another way she’s working to support and empower women, and it just doesn’t get better than that.

There are no details about whether the fashion line will be available to purchase internationally just yet, but you can always show your support through donating to Smart Works or similar charities such as Women Empowerment International as well.