How Kate Middleton Is Attached To Meghan Markle’s New Capsule Collection
Meghan Markle’s capsule collection with Smart Works has an interesting link to Kate Middleton. The Duchess of Sussex’s collaboration with Smart Works focuses on workwear for women who are looking to start new careers, and one of the company’s partners is Middleton’s old employer.
Inside Middleton’s connection to Markle’s capsule collection
Meghan Markle recently appeared in London for the launch of her new collection. The appearance was the Suits star’s first public outing since giving birth to baby Archie this past spring. A part of the sales from her collection goes towards Smart Works, a charitable organization that aids women in the search for gainful employment.
The lineup includes a variety of business-inspired clothing appearing in stores like Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw, and John Lewis & Partners. Jigsaw, of course, is the same brand that employed Middleton when she was still Prince William’s girlfriend.
According to People, Middleton was a part of the Jigsaw team in 2006. The founder of the company, Belle Robinson, is a friend of Middleton’s family and gave her the job after talking to the future Duchess of Cambridge in person.
Middleton worked for the company for a couple of weeks and reportedly behaved like a typical employee. Back in 2008, Robinson opened up about Middleton’s time with the company and revealed that there was nothing special about her employment.
“She sat in the kitchen at lunchtime and chatted with everyone from the van drivers to the account girls. She wasn’t precious,” Robinson shared.
Robinson noted that she was very impressed with how Middleton handled herself at the office. Middleton did not last long at the company. She left her position in 2006 to start working for her mom and dad’s business, Party Pieces.
Meghan Markle launches her new capsule collection
Markle is an official patron for Smart Works and revealed that a portion of the proceeds from her capsule collection will go towards the charity. For every piece she sells, an item will be donated to the organization, helping women succeed in finding work.
During the launch event, Markle explained that she teamed up with Smart Works when she first moved to London because she wanted to connect with citizens around the country. She was also looking forward to working with a community-based initiative.
“When I first moved to the U.K. it was incredibly important to me personally to be able to connect with people on the ground who were doing really important work. One of the places that I went to really early on was Smart Works,” Meghan Markle stated.
The former actress also stated that she loves working on smaller projects that have a bigger impact in the community. Her collaboration with Smart Works is also similar to what her husband, Prince Harry, does in the charitable world.
In fact, Markle is looking forward to working on more community-minded projects, especially now that she and Harry have their own charitable organization, Sussex Royal. The couple launched the charity this year after separating from Middleton and William’s establishment, The Royal Foundation.
Markle’s capsule collection, meanwhile, will feature key elements that are required in business interviews. This includes items like fashionable trousers, modern blazers, and a gorgeous tote bag. The pieces range anywhere from $32 to $125.
Markle set for her tour of South Africa
The launch of her new capsule collection comes as Markle and Harry prep for their big tour of South Africa. The Sussex’s will be visiting several countries during their tour and are expected to bring along their new son, Archie.
In honor of her new collection, Meghan Markle has purchased all the items in her lineup and will wear them during the tour. Markle hopes what wearing her own line will encourage women to give it a try and raise awareness about everything Smart Works does in the community.
Markle teamed up with her good friend and fashion expert, Misha Nonoo, to create the capsule collection. Markle previously revealed that her goal was to create items that complemented each other and fit a wide range of shapes and sizes.
Middleton has not commented on her connection to Markle’s newest endeavor. When she worked for Jigsaw, Middleton helped design a charm necklace with Claudia Bradby. The jewelry featured a silver chain, rose quartz crystal, a pink pearl, and a silver bean.
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are scheduled to tour South Africa this fall, so it will not be long before we see some of the items in her capsule collection in action.