Meghan Markle partners with favorite fashion brand for charity

Meghan Markle is totes ready to give back this holiday season.

Ahead of Giving Tuesday, the Duchess of Sussex has teamed up with one of her favorite fashion brands, Cuyana, and her patronage, Smart Works, to help women get back into the workforce with style.

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Cuyana will donate 500 of its Classic Structured Totes ($248) to the UK-based women’s empowerment charity, of which Markle has served as patron since 2019 — and the design is one the California duchess loves to carry herself.

“Smart Works invests in women so they know they can thrive in any workplace, and Cuyana is a company that is by women and for women, so this feels like the perfect fit,” Markle said in a statement.

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Cuyana’s classic tote comes in four neutral colorways.
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The organization, which runs nine centers across the United Kingdom, helps unemployed women with career coaching and wardrobe consultations, providing them with an interview outfit and, after employment, a capsule wardrobe of workwear items — and now, the luxurious leather bags will be part of the charity’s offerings.

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Markle has been spotted carrying one of Cuyana’s black leather totes on several occasions, including during an appearance at Wimbledon in 2019, and while visiting a women’s center in Vancouver in 2020. She even gifted one of the brand’s bags to each of the guests at her 2019 baby shower.

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Markle carried her Cuyana bag to Wimbledon in 2019, pairing it with jeans and a white blazer.
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The Duchess of Sussex also owns a host of other items from the direct-to-consumer company, including the Wool Cashmere Short Wrap Coat ($296, originally $348), the Wide Brim Panama Hat ($128), the Luna Ear Jacket Earrings ($198) and the Pleat-Back Anorak ($298).

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The Cuyana tote Markle has carried is crafted from Italian leather in a woman-owned factory in Turkey.
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Cuyana Classic Structured Tote ($248)

Referencing the clothing line she created in 2019 to benefit the charity in conjunction with several UK retailers, Markle added in her statement, “Similar to the Smart Set collection we created many years ago for Smart Works, this collaboration will support women in the UK as they mobilize back into the workforce.”

Along with launching the Smart Set initiative, the Duchess of Sussex has helped dress clients for job interviews at Smart Works, and has taken part in video sessions from her new home in California as she continues her role as the charity’s patron.

“We know that when a woman looks and feels great about who she is, she can change her life,” said Smart Works CEO Kate Stephens in a statement, adding that the donated tote bags “will bring joy and confidence to hundreds of the women we support.”

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