The Smart Set

The Duchess of Sussex and Smart Works have collaborated with leading fashion brands John Lewis & Partners, Marks & Spencer, Jigsaw and Misha Nonoo to create a perfect working wardrobe for Smart Works clients.

The Smart Set capsule collection consists of the work wear essentials often needed to attend interviews and enter into the workplace: a perfect white shirt, an elegant blazer, well cut trousers, a dress that flatters everyone and the perfect tote.

For every item bought during the sale of the collection, which will last for at least two weeks, one will be donated to Smart Works. This direct 1:1 model means that for every item bought by a customer, another will be given to help a woman get back into the work place.

We are incredibly grateful to the brands involved for making this possible and to our Patron for bringing together this powerful new community, all dedicated to empowering women. Being involved in and supporting this initiative is to take an active decision to be part of another woman’s success story.

The Smart Set is now available in stores, online and in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK. To ensure the capsule collection is as accessible and inclusive as possible, the pieces are available at a range of different price points and in a range of different sizes and colours.

The Smart Set capsule collection has been informed and inspired by The Duchess’s first-hand insights from her many visits to Smart Works. The Duchess noticed that whilst donations to the charity were plentiful, they weren’t always the right choices or sizes. To help with this, The Duchess and Smart Works collaborated with leading British fashion brands to develop a new and collaborative approach to charitable giving. The Smart Set brings together a powerful community of designers, retailers and customers who are united in a desire to empower women.

The Duchess of Sussex, comments:

“Since moving to the UK, it has been deeply important to me to meet with communities and organisations on the ground doing meaningful work and to try to do whatever I can to help them amplify their impact. When you buy any item in the Smart Set Capsule Collection for Smart Works, the same item will be given to a Smart Works client, and with it, the confidence and support she needs to enter the workforce and take an important step in building a career.  Thank you to the four brands who came together in supporting Smart Works on this special project – placing purpose over profit and community over competition. In convening several companies rather than one, we’ve demonstrated how we can work collectively to empower each other – another layer to this communal success story, that I am so proud to be a part of.” 

We are delighted that the capsule collection is now in Smart Works Dressing Rooms across the UK, complementing our existing wardrobe and helping to ensure we have the right pieces available for our clients.

Watch the Smart Set Launch video below, see photos from the Smart Set launch on our news story here and click here to see our clients dressed in the Smart Set for interview success, as we celebrate our 200th client dressed in the capsule collection.

For full details, read The Smart Set Capsule Collection Press Release

Photography credit: Jenny Zarins.


Our Clients

Andrea’s story

Andrea was referred to Smart Works ahead of multiple interviews. She had been unemployed for nearly 6 months and had applied to 10 jobs. After her appointment, Andrea said “for somebody who comes from a care leavers background, you don’t hear people compliment you every day and actually trying to help you. At my Smart Work appointment, I felt like a celebrity.

Andrea was successful at her interview and is working as an Admin Apprentice. She said that “the best thing about Smart Works is the people. It has given me a lot of confidence and I feel that every time I put on my coat, blazer or shoes on – that is the feeling I carry around with me every time I wear them.”

When wearing the collection, Andrea saidThe dress made me feel stylish and professional.”

Zara’s story

Prior to her appointment at Smart Works, Zara had been out of work for almost a year and had applied to nearly 20 jobs whilst dealing with difficult personal circumstances.

Zara was successful at her interview and got the job she currently holds as a Work Coach. Zara is a great ambassador of the Smart Works service when working with her customers at the Job Centre.

Zara said that her appointment at Smart Works was a “calm and positive experience.”

Kate’s story

Kate was referred to Smart Works ahead of her interview for an Office Manager role. She had been unemployed for almost a year and had applied to over 100 jobs during this time. Before her interview, Kate felt that she had “lost herself and lacked confidence.

Following her appointment, Kate got the job and is loving her new role.

“Smart Works reminded me of all the great qualities I have and why I am a great candidate” Kate said, and that her appointment “restored my confidence and reminded me that I can do it”.

“At Smart Works, you’ll experience people who are passionate about helping you not only to look your best, but to be the best you. It is an experience you won’t forget.”

Whilst wearing the collection, Kate said “my outfit made me feel like a boss – powerful and strong. It made me feel amazing and reminded me how far I have come and the future I have in front of me.”




Photography credit: Jenny Zarins.