The Duchess of Sussex Calls Confidence The "Best Accessory" In Smart Works Video Call

BY Harper's BAZAAR U.K. / Sep 14 2020 / 12:05 PM

Meghan was celebrating the first anniversary of her workwear capsule collection

The Duchess of Sussex Calls Confidence The "Best Accessory" In Smart Works Video Call

The Duchess of Sussex celebrated the first anniversary of the launch of the Smart Set, a capsule collection of workwear aimed at supporting women re-joining the workforce.

Meghan is the patron of Smart Works, which helps prepare women for job interviews and to return to work, and worked in collaboration with the charity Smart Works to create the collection.

In honour of the anniversary, Meghan joined a video chat with three women who have been helped to secure new jobs, as the charity helps to prepare and dress women for success.

Speaking with three Smart Works clients, Karla, Charlene, and Agnieszka, Meghan said: "People can say that so much of Smart Works is about the clothes themselves but it's really not ... all of that stuff is the exterior but it's what it does for you on the inside that ends up being the best accessory. It's the confidence, it's what is built within, that is the piece that you walk out of that room with and walk into the interview with."

In a press release, the charity said: "The team at Smart Works would like to take this opportunity to thank The Duchess of Sussex for her continued support of our charity, the retail partners who came together to help create the original collection and the wonderful supporters who purchased pieces and helped fill our wardrobes."

The collection was launched in partnership with four leading fashion brands; John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo - a close friend of Meghan's - and designed to create a perfect working wardrobe for Smart Works clients.

Meanwhile, the duchess also gave fans a sneak peek into her new palatial new home with Prince Harry and baby Archie in Santa Barbara. She sat in front of a stunning stone fireplace during the video chat, on top of which was a vintage print of a bear holding the state of California.

The artwork is taken from the cover of the sheet music for "I Love You, California," the regional anthem of the state, originally published in 1913. The duchess was born and raised in California.

The couple's spokesperson recently confirmed that the family had moved to their new home over the summer, stating via People: "They have settled into the quiet privacy of their community since their arrival and hope that this will be respected for their neighbors, as well as for them as a family."

Written by Amy Mackelden. Lead image courtesy of Instagram/sussexroyal