The Duchess of Sussex will mark her return from maternity leave with the launch of the Smart Works capsule collection next week in support of Smart Work, of which the Duchess is Patron.
The Smart Works capsule collection is in partnership with leading British fashion designers Jigsaw, John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo. It will include workwear items that will help equip the clients of Smart Works with the essentials to attend interviews and their entry into the workplace. The essentials include a shirt, trousers, a blazer, a dress and a bag.
For every item bought during the sale of the capsule collection, one item will be donated to Smart Works. The sale will last for at least two weeks.
Smart Works was created in September 2013 and help unemployed women gain the confidence they need for a successful job interview so they can transform their lives. Half of Smart Works’ clients are from an ethnic minority, have been unemployed long-term and have been unsuccessful despite a large number of applications for jobs. With the support of Smart Works, 64% of them go on to get a job. Clients also have access to interview training and the Smart Works Network.
The Duchess of Sussex became Patron of Smart Works in January 2019 and worked with them to developed the capsule collection.