After just a few short years in the public eye, Meghan Markle has already become one of the biggest fashion icons of the 21st century. So, it’s only fitting (fashion pun!) that the Duchess of Sussex is now launching her own line. And since it’s a Meghan Markle fashion line, there’s a charity attached to it. Our fashionable philanthropic kween strikes again.
According to reporter and royal expert Omid Scobie, Markle is planning to release a capsule collection of workwear items. Partnering with British department stores Marks and Spencer and John Lewis, as well as the brand Jigsaw and fashion designer Misha Nonoo, the new line will support the charity Smart Works HQ, which helps women in vulnerable situations access clothing and the necessary tools to reenter the workforce and find suitable employment.
Markle made history this year as the first guest editor for British Vogue, with the Duchess debuting the cover for the Forces of Change issue earlier this week. Working with editor Edward Enninful, Markle spent seven months putting it all together. In the issue, the Duchess included her own interview about motherhood with former first lady Michelle Obama, as well as a candid conversation between her husband Prince Harry and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall. It appears that Scobie received an early copy of the issue, with the journalist quoting Markle on his Twitter page.
In the magazine, due on newsstands on August 2, Scobie says that Markle will reveal that her upcoming fashion line will sell on a one-for-one basis. “For each item purchased by a customer, one is donated to charity,” writes Meghan in the upcoming issue of Vogue. “Not only does this allow us to be part of each other’s story, it reminds us we are in it together.”
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We are proud to announce that Her Royal Highness, The Duchess of Sussex is the Guest Editor for the September issue of @BritishVogue. For the past seven months, The Duchess has curated the content with British Vogue’s Editor-in-Chief Edward Enninful to create an issue that highlights the power of the collective. They have named the issue: “Forces for Change” For the cover, The Duchess chose a diverse selection of women from all walks of life, each driving impact and raising the bar for equality, kindness, justice and open mindedness. The sixteenth space on the cover, a mirror, was included so that when you hold the issue in your hands, you see yourself as part of this collective. The women on the cover include: @AdwoaAboah @AdutAkech @SomaliBoxer @JacindaArdern @TheSineadBurke @Gemma_Chan @LaverneCox @JaneFonda @SalmaHayek @FrankieGoesToHayward @JameelaJamilOfficial @Chimamanda_Adichie @YaraShahidi @GretaThunberg @CTurlington We are excited to announce that within the issue you’ll find: an exclusive interview between The Duchess and former First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama, a candid conversation between The Duke of Sussex and Dr Jane Goodall, inspirational articles written by Brené Brown, Jameela Jamil and many others. Equally, you’ll find grassroots organisations and incredible trailblazers working tirelessly behind the scenes to change the world for the better. • “Guest Editing the September issue of British Vogue has been rewarding, educational and inspiring. To deep dive into this process, working quietly behind the scenes for so many months, I am happy to now be able to share what we have created. A huge thanks to all of the friends who supported me in this endeavour, lending their time and energy to help within these pages and on the cover. Thank you for saying “Yes!” – and to Edward, thank you for this wonderful opportunity.” – The Duchess of Sussex #ForcesForChange
Markle has previously worked with the Smart Works HQ, including a public outing in January when she helped to style one woman for an upcoming job interview. “It’s not just donating your clothes and seeing where they land. It’s really being part of each other’s success stories as women,” Markle said.
The upcoming line isn’t Meghan’s first time on the design side of fashion. While living in Canada and filming her Bravo drama Suits in Toronto, Markle was the face of Quebec chain Reitmans and even helped to design some of the pieces included in her collection. Speaking to Best Health in 2016, Markle said “I’m really excited. It’s the first time I’ve ever designed and we’re launching with a dress collection of four signature, staple dresses. I’ve been involved in every facet of [the design process], so it’s really personal.” Prior to meeting Prince Harry, Markle also had her own blog called The Tig, where she wrote about several topics, including fashion.
According to Scobie, Markle’s new line will arrive before the end of the year. Get ready for those international shipping fees, because we are definitely going to buy everything