HRH The Duchess of Sussex and Smart Works have collaborated with leading fashion brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo to create a perfect working wardrobe for Smart Works clients.
The Smart Set capsule collection consists of the work wear essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and the perfect tote.
For every item bought during the sale of the collection, which will last for at least two weeks, one will be donated to Smart Works. This direct 1:1 model means that for every item bought by a customer, another will be given to help a woman get back into the work place.
We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible and to our Royal Patron for bringing together this powerful new community, all dedicated to empowering women. Being involved in and supporting this initiative is to take an active decision to be part of another woman’s success story.
The Smart Set is now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK. To ensure the capsule collection is as accessible and inclusive as possible, the pieces are available at a range of different price points and in a range of different sizes and colours.
The Smart Set capsule collection has been informed and inspired by The Duchess’s first-hand insights from her many visits to Smart Works. The Duchess noticed that whilst donations to the charity were plentiful, they weren’t always the right choices or sizes. To help with this, The Duchess and Smart Works collaborated with leading British fashion brands to develop a new and collaborative approach to charitable giving. The Smart Set brings together a powerful community of designers, retailers and customers who are united in a desire to empower women.
“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. When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career. 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.” – HRH The Duchess of Sussex
The Smart Set will be available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK from Thursday 12th September. To ensure the capsule collection is as accessible and inclusive as possible, the pieces will be available at a range of different price points and in a range of different sizes.
[Photo Credit: Courtesy of Smart Works]