The Smart Set
A capsule collection of workwear essentials brought to you in partnership with Jigsaw, John Lewis and Partners, Marks & Spencer and Misha Nonoo. For every dedicated jacket or trouser from our European-sourced Paris range, another is donated to Smart Works, a charity that dresses and coaches unemployed women for job success.
HRH The Duchess of Sussex
Smart Works is a UK charity that provides high quality interview clothes and interview training to unemployed women in need. It harnesses the power of clothes and confidence to allow a woman to be her best at a crucial moment in her life, giving her the confidence, the self-belief and the practical tools required to succeed at interview and transform her life.
Empower another woman and be part of her success story. Not a handout, a hand held.
– HRH The Duchess of Sussex
Our Smart Set
Kate, Zara and Andrea's Story
Kate's StoryKate was referred to Smart Works by the NHS 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.” After her interview, Kate got the job and loves her new role. She said coming to Smart Works “reminded me of all the great qualities I have and why I am a great candidate.” Kate said her appointment “restored my confidence and reminded me that I can do it. At Smart Works, you’ll experience people who are passionate in helping you, not only to look your best but be the best you. It’s an experience you won’t forget.” Whilst wearing the collection, Kate said “my outfit made me feel like a boss - powerful and strong! It just made me feel amazing, reminded me how far I've come and the future I have in front of me.”
Zara's StoryZara came to Smart Works ahead of her interview to become a work coach and was referrered by her local job centre. Prior to her appointment, Zara had been out of work for almost a year and had applied to nearly 20 jobs whilst dealing with some very difficult personal circumstances. Zara was successful at her interview and got the job as a Work Coach. She is now a great ambassador of our service to the clients she works with at the Job Centre. Zara said that her appointment was a “calm and positive experience.”
Andrea's StoryAndrea’s story Andrea was referred to Smart Works by the local council leaving care team ahead of multiple interviews. She had been unemployed for nearly six months and had applied to 10 jobs. After her interview, Andrea said: “for somebody who comes from a care leavers’ background, you don’t hear people compliment you every day and actually try to help you. 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’s given me a lot of confidence. I feel that every time I put on my coat, or blazer or shoes – that’s the feeling I carry around with me every time I wear them.”