On Thursday, 12th September, Meghan unveiled her first step into fashion design with a capsule collection called Smart Works.
This movement marks her first official appearance since going on maternity leave following the birth of baby Archie in May 2019.
Meghan has partnered with Marks & Spencer, John Lewis, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo to create a workwear collection for Smart Works, a charity that helps unemployed women get back into the workplace.
The collection includes a shirt, pants, a blazer, a dress, and a bag and it was unveiled a day before London Fashion Week starts.
For each item bought from the capsule collection, another will be donated to the charity.
For the first post-maternity engagement, Meghan wore the collection’s black Jigsaw trousers and white Misha Nonoo shirt. She paired them with Manolo Blahnik pumps and a Ralph Lauren belt.
Speaking about her collection launch, Meghan 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.”
“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.”
(Smart Works are) about women who are empowering each other, and I’m able to have the opportunity to meet them, get to know them, learn from them and then say what can I do in some small way, how can I try to help amplify this, make this even better, great and more impactful for the women we are trying to help.
The Duchess of Sussex became the royal patron of Smart Works in January 2019.
She had a public engagement at the headquarters that month where she also became inspired after noticing that Smart Works’ clothing donations often lacked the right sizes and choices.