The Duchess of Sussex has finally unveiled her highly anticipated workwear line: The Smart Set. This latest venture will benefit Smart Works, a charity of which she is patron, that works with unemployed women and helps them re-enter the workplace.
The capsule collection consists of five workwear staples including a blazer, white button-down, tapered trousers, shift dress and tote bag (which sold out almost instantly), designed to provide women with the perfect professional wardrobe. The project has seen a number of brands join forces: Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, John Lewis and Misha Nonoo. The collection is available for a limited time only - we’re talking two weeks - and will be sold on a one-to-one basis: when an item is bought, an identical one is donated.
The royal declared in a statement: “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.”
The Duchess stepped out at the Smart Set launch in London on Thursday, marking her first public engagement since giving birth to her son Archie in May. The launch also comes a year after the former actress released the Together cookbook, an initiative that aided the victims of London’s Grenfell Tower fire.
“As women, it is 100 percent our responsibility, I think, to support and uplift each other, to champion each other as we aim to succeed, to not set each other up for failure - but instead to really be there rallying around each other and say, ‘I want to help you,’” she said, addressing the crowd at Thursday’s launch.
“And you may not ever meet that person, but you’ll know when you put on that blazer or that shirt, or you carry that tote, or you put on those trousers or that dress, that some other woman on the other side of this country is wearing that piece because you made that purchase.”