Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex visits the Smart Works career centre in West London, Thursday Jan. 10, 2019. Meghan on Thursday has become patron of the Smart Works charity that supports unemployed women to return to work. (Clodagh Kilcoyne/Pool via AP)Image Credit: AP
Published in Gulf on Aug 01st, 2019,
Smart Works helps unemployed women find work
The Duchess of Sussex is launching a clothing line to support a charity that helps unemployed women find work.
Meghan said the workwear collection would provide the charity, Smart Works, with continuity. The racks of clothing and array of shoes and bags Smart Work has now come in mismatched sizes and colours, she said.
She has teamed up with designer and friend Misha Nonoo and British retailers Marks & Spencer, John Lewis & Partners and Jigsaw to create the collection.
“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,” Meghan wrote in the September issue of British Vogue, which she guest edited.
“Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
She said Smart Works is seen wrongly as a “makeover” programme that transforms a woman into a new person with donated clothes. Meghan described it in the magazine, which comes out this week, as a network of women seeing to empower other women.
“This is not a fairy tale,” she wrote. “If it’s a cultural reference you’re after, forget Cinderella -this is a story of Wonder Woman, ready to take on the world in her metaphorical and literal cape.”
Designer Nonoo is the person credited with organising the blind date that introduced Meghan and her future husband, Prince Harry.