Meghan urges women to champion each other as she launches clothing collection

Esequiel Farfan
Setiembre 13, 2019

That white shirt in particular - a fashion item frequently worn by Meghan Markle herself - happens to be made in partnership with Misha Nonoo, a fashion designer with a documented friendship with Markle.

"I think it's really key in this day and age that we remember it's not just about the people you know you're supporting, it's about the people you don't know - that you may never know, may never meet", she said.

I've spent an afternoon listening in on the conversations Meghan has enjoyed with dressing volunteers, interview coaches, patrons and clients at Smart Works, the charity which has helped more than 15,000 British women back into employment via a two-pronged approach of personal styling and interview training.

Andrea Ayivi, 21, who now has a job with the civil service after support from Smart Works, said after meeting Meghan and the other women: "It was awesome, it was great seeing the whole team". 'She's really interested in empowering women around the world'.

After her speech, Meghan jetted right out of there.

When asked if their relationship had changed at least logistically, however, she said, "I definitely can't speak about logistics".

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The duchess seen during a photo shoot for the Smart Set collection.

Meghan said: "As women, it is 100 per cent our responsibility, I think, to support and uplift each other".

Until now that is, as she returned to work today to launch her new capsule collection with high street fashion brands. She's been extremely hands-on in the project.

Her return from maternity leave coincides with the beginning of London fashion week, but after the furore that surrounded her trip on Elton John's private jet, the Duchess of Sussex was not about to make the mistake of facing photographers from the glitz of a catwalk front row.

Many of Meghan's friends have taken to Instagram to share congratulatory messages for the Duchess, including Misha, who announced her Smart Set collaboration in a post on Thursday. For each piece sold on the shopfloor, one will be donated to Smart Works.

'Here at Misha Nonoo, our mission has always been to provide women everywhere with a stylish work-ready wardrobe. The Smart Set collection - comprising a trouser suit, a white shirt, a dress and a leather bag - goes beyond awareness-raising with an ambitious plan to improve the quantity and quality of clothing stock at the charity.

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