Meghan Markle’s eagerly anticipated charity clothing collection has just dropped.
The Duchess of Sussex’s first appointment since the birth of baby Archie brings keen shoppers a range of dresses, workwear and a bag.
Meghan’s collection is in support of Smart Works – a charity that helps unemployed women get back into work by providing them with clothing and interview training.
It officially launched this afternoon but prior to the drop, M&S and John Lewis & Partners put up a few of the staples online. The other labels involve are Jigsaw and Meghan’s fashion designer pal Misha Nonoo.
You can get your hands on the Marks & Spencer’s affordable £19.50 ‘Smart Set’ crepe shift dress with a V-neck in blue or red.
The capsule collection also includes a tote bag which fits all the essentials needed for an interview. But it is on the pricer side, at £109.
The tote bag has a pocket on the outside, two detachable straps and two pockets on the inside to store phones and wallets.
An elegant blazer and well-cut trousers from Jigsaw is also up for grabs.
Meghan Markle’s new charity line with Smart Works
Crepe Shift Dress, £19.50 from M&S
Smart Set Leather Tote Bag in Tan, £109 from John Lewis & Partners
Paris slim-fit tapered trouser, £120 and jacket, £199 from Jigsaw
Husband white shirt, £125 from Misha Nonoo
For every item bought during the sale of the collection, one will be donated to Smart Works, of which Meghan is Patron.
Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority background and have been unemployed long-term.
The Duchess of Sussex said: ‘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.
‘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.’
Thanks to the charity’s support, 64% are reported to have gone back to employment.
Anyone who donates to the charity can also meet every month with the women to further their professional and personal development.
The Duchess of Sussex has visited the works several times and noted that while donations were plentiful, there weren’t enough size options.
So she selected British brands and designers that appeal to many British women.
A month ago, she teased fans with a behind the scenes video where she met some of the women working with Smart Works.
The Meghan Markle Smart Set will be available in stores and online from today, Thursday 12 September for at least two weeks, as well as in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK.
Sales and donations should allow Smart Works to dress its clients for the coming year.