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The Duchess of Sussex launches Smart Set

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At her first official engagement following her maternity leave, The Duchess of Sussex launched the capsule collection she helped designed. The collection, which was done in partnership with Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, Misha Nonoo and John Lewis & Partners, was designed in support of the Duchess's patronage, Smart Works.

The items will sell on a 1 for 1 basis meaning every item bought, another is donated to Smart Works which assists women who are entering the work force. The Duchess became patron of the organization in early 2019, the organization fell in line with the Duchess's interest of women empowerment.

During the launch the Duchess spoke to attendees, explaining the origin of the idea came during one of her visits to the organization. She said that there were roughly forty to fifty lilac colored blazers and she saw the need to establish some of the 'work basics' that are found in the collection such as a shift dress, black blazer and trousers. Since Smart Works operates off of donations received, many of the items were donations were not the traditional basics that many women wear.

Working with Jigsaw, Marks & Spencer, Misha NoNoo and John Lewis & Partners on this capsule collection, Smart Works will, hopefully, have enough of the 'basics' that women who are entering the workforce are looking for. The Duchess sported several pieces from the collection including the white Misha Nonoo button down shirt and Jigsaw trousers to the event.

Towards the end of the launch, the Duchess was heard telling a visitor that it was "baby feed time" as her son, Archie, is only five months old. The Duchess will likely not be seen again until kicking off their South Africa tour next week as their is likely plenty of preparation still to be done. xx

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