• December 11, 2017
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Meghan Markle’s engagement coat crashes designer website

Line the Label’s wrap coat with oversized collars is an instant online hit

Reuters
09:57 November 28, 2017

Canadian designer Line the Label shot to prominence on Monday after US actress Meghan Markle wore a coat from the brand in her first public appearance after her engagement to Britain’s Prince Harry.

Markle appeared in the sunken garden at Kensington Palace on Monday in the late November chill, donning the C$799 (Dh2,934) white wrap coat with oversized collars and cinched at the waist with a knotted belt.

The surge in interest in the coat caused the style to quickly sell out and crashed the Toronto-based knitwear label’s website in some parts of the world, including in London.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle pose for the media in the grounds of Kensington Palace in London. Photo: AP

The company is taking reorders on the coat, an external spokeswoman said by email.

Line has since named the coat “Meghan,” company President and co-founder John Muscat said in a statement, adding it was one of her favourite pieces from the fashion label.

“We are incredibly honoured that Meghan chose to wear a Line coat to mark this very special occasion,” Muscat said. “We are elated for Meghan and wish her a lifetime of happiness with Prince Harry.”

Markle, who has a starring role in the Toronto-filmed US TV show Suits, has lived in the Canadian city for several years.

Markle also wore a Line coat to the closing ceremony of the Invictus Games in Toronto in September, days after the pair made their first public appearance together.

Celebrities including Sandra Bullock, Jennifer Garner and Kate Hudson have also been photographed wearing the brand.

Line was founded in 2000 by Muscat and designer Jennifer Wells. It was acquired a few years later by Canadian fashion house and importer PYA, which is based in a north Toronto suburb.