It looks like the “Meghan Effect” is at full blast this week. Kate Stephens, the CEO of Smart Works, one of the duchess’s patronages, has tweeted that the organization has been shortlisted for the “Charity Of The Year” honor by the U.K.’s Third Sector Awards.
“The perfect end to a wonderful week – I am so proud that @SmartWorksHQ has been shortlisted by @TSEawards,” Stephens wrote on Twitter. “The recognition from the sector means the world to us.”
The news comes after Meghan’s guest-edited issue of British Vogue hit the stands, and the announcement that she’s collaborating on a capsule collection that will benefit Smart Works.
As Elle Magazine reports, the items in the collection will be donated to Smart Works each time someone buys them. The clothing that Meghan wears has been known to sell out almost as soon as she wears them, so you can probably expect the same reaction to items she’s had a hand in designing.
“Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together,” she wrote.
Meghan will be working with three clothing brands to make the project a reality: Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, and Misha Nonoo. As Elle notes, Nonoo is a friend of Meghan’s and the duchess famously wore the designer’s “Boyfriend” shirt during her first public outing with Prince Harry.
There’s no word on the exact date of the collection’s release just yet, but it’s expected to go on sale later this year.
Smart Works also got a feature in Meghan’s issue of Vogue, and they expressed gratitude for it in a recent tweet from the organization’s official account.
The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue's Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of what we can achieve together, as a collective community.
— Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) July 29, 2019
In the article, Meghan explains why she was interested in working with them, writing that Smart Works redefines charity as “community.”
In the article, The Duchess writes:
“The reason I was drawn to Smart Works is that it reframes the idea of charity as community. It’s a network of women supporting and empowering other women in their professional pursuits.” pic.twitter.com/Ob6c7fvHHu
— Smart Works Charity (@SmartWorksHQ) July 31, 2019
Smart Works helps prepare women from disadvantaged communities for the workplace by providing workwear and interview training. The duchess visited the charity earlier this year and she was seen helping a couple of women to choose outfits.
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Spotlight on: Smart Works We are proud to be supporting a very special initiative this autumn for @SmartWorksCharity! After quiet visits to Smartworks over the last year, The Duchess was moved by the impactful work being done by this non profit organisation that helps women into the workforce, equipping them with both the skills and clothes they need to feel job-ready. Throughout her visits she noticed that while the donations were plentiful, they were also notably a combination of mismatched items and colours which weren’t always the right stylistic choices or sizes that didn’t necessarily “suit” the job at hand: to make a woman feel confident and inspired as she walked into her job interview. As a result, launching this autumn, The Duchess will be supporting a collective to help equip the women of Smart Works with the key workwear essentials they need as they enter into the workplace. This initiative is supported by four generous brands who share the vision to empower the women of Smart Works to look and feel ???? as they bravely venture in to what can often be a daunting environment for those who have been out of the job market. The brands have come together to work towards this united force for good, “[reframing] the idea of charity as community,” as The Duchess writes in a piece for this month’s British Vogue. They will follow the 1:1 model where an item from the collection purchased is an item shared with a woman of Smart Works because “not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story; it reminds us we are in it together.” For more information on how you can be part of another woman’s success story visit @smartworkscharity. Special thanks to: @JohnLewisandPartners, @MarksandSpencer, @MishaNonoo, @InsideJigsaw for supporting this very special organisation. And to find out more, read the September issue of @BritishVogue and stay tuned for more exciting updates this autumn. Photo©️SussexRoyal
It’s clear that she has visited them on a couple of occasions after that, as there are photos showing her getting very hands-on — as she looks through racks of clothes — while she was heavily pregnant with her son, Archie.
Given the work ethic that she’s shown so far, one wonders what plans she has in store for her other patronages. Markle fans will just have to wait and see.