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Marks & Spencer latest to phase out alpaca wool

17 June 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK retailer Marks & Spencer is said to be the latest fashion retailer to phase out the use of alpaca wool in all future product developments.... read more


Retailers begin to outline store reopening plans – Update

16 June 2020 | just-style

Debenhams, Brooks Brothers, and J.Crew Group are among the latest apparel brands and retailers to outline reopening plans after stores and online operations were closed temporarily worldwide as part of efforts to help limit the spread of the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak.... read more


M&S plans near-sourcing after 75% clothing sales hit

20 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Marks & Spencer is to accelerate a number of changes within the business after taking a 75% sales hit on clothing sales during the coronavirus lockdown – with plans to bring in third-party clothing brands, and introduce a faster, 'near-sourcing' supply chain.... read more


New M&S clothing boss to start role earlier than planned

14 May 2020 | Michelle Russell

Marks & Spencer's new head of clothing and home is due to start his role three months earlier, meaning plans for a transformation of the division could be fast-forwarded.... read more


M&S cuts clothing orders by GBP100m as Covid-19 hits sales

20 March 2020 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has warned trading over the next nine to 12 months in its clothing and homewares business is likely to be severely impacted by the coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak and that it is "taking all possible steps" to defer supply ahead of what it expects to be a prolonged downturn in demand.... read more


New M&S bra-fit tool to help track lingerie trends

26 February 2020 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has developed a new digital tool to assist with bra fittings, in a move that grants it access to customer data and will help to better track lingerie shopping trends and buying habits in the long term. ... read more


M&S moves closer to national distribution network

14 February 2020 | Beth Wright

UK retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) is to close two of its clothing and homewares distribution centres, putting some 662 jobs at risk, as it moves to a nationally connected distribution network. ... read more


M&S appoints Alex Dimitriu head buyer for menswear

13 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

UK clothing, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Miss Selfridge buyer Alex Dimitriu as head of purchasing for menswear.... read more


M&S continues leadership shakeup in new finance boss appointment

11 February 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer has named Eoin Tonge, former finance boss at Greencore Group, as its new chief financial officer in its second executive appointment in under a week, as the high street giant ploughs on in its quest to return the business to a stable footing.... read more


M&S appoints chief strategy and transformation director in turnaround bid

6 February 2020 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer has named non-executive director Katie Bickerstaffe as chief strategy and transformation director as the UK fashion and homeware retailer looks to accelerate its turnaround efforts. ... read more


M&S clothing needs "change at pace" say industry onlookers

4 February 2020 | Michelle Russell

Much work is still required to fix and position Marks & Spencer for a "brighter", sustainable future, with clothing needing "change at pace" to stabilise revenues, analysts say, but the outlook is positive.... read more


M&S shakes up kidswear in effort to grow sales

24 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

UK fashion and homeware retailer Marks & Spencer is shaking up its kidswear range as part of efforts to broaden its apparel and grow its share of the childrenswear market.... read more


M&S Q3 clothing and home sales fail to impress

9 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing sales have once again dived at UK High Street chain Marks & Spencer as the retailer reported its third-quarter trading results to 28 December.... read more


M&S looks to breathe new life into clothing division with athleisure brand launch

6 January 2020 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer has launched Goodmove — its new dedicated activewear range — in an apparent nod to the recent growth of the athleisure market.... read more


M&S Founders Factory invests in three fashion start-ups

11 December 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

UK retailer M&S has started working with six fast-growth start-ups selected from 100 new businesses as part of its Founders Factory joint venture.... read more


M&S adds new creative director to clothing team

28 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

UK fashion, food and home retailer Marks & Spencer has appointed former Arcadia director Anthony Cassidy as its head of brand creative for the clothing and home division.... read more


M&S turns to Tesco's F&F for new clothing boss

22 November 2019 | Leonie Barrie

British retailer Marks & Spencer has re-hired Richard Price, currently CEO of Tesco’s F&F Clothing, as managing director of its struggling clothing and home division.... read more


Brands still failing to deliver on responsible viscose sourcing

20 November 2019 | Michelle Russell

A new report has found that while the issue of responsible viscose production is now firmly on the agenda of the fashion industry, there are still brands and retailers failing to deliver on responsible sourcing.... read more


M&S clothing woes continue to weigh on profits

6 November 2019 | Beth Wright

Shares in Marks & Spencer Group (M&S) remained up by more than 3.5% today (6 November) as the retailer said it is "making up for lost time" in its clothing and home business despite a fall in the segment's sales in the first half of its financial year.... read more


Clothing firms progress on preventing plastic pollution

30 October 2019 | Michelle Russell

A progress report on global efforts to prevent plastic pollution has praised clothing retailers Ganni, Marks & Spencer and Woolworths Holdings for their efforts so far to reduce plastic packaging.... read more


DeSL launches dynamic purchasing platform for buyers

8 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Discover e-Solutions Ltd (DeSL) has launched a new purchasing platform designed to provide fashion companies of any size with the tools to more effectively manage and control product purchases from initial requisition through to delivery.... read more


M&S simplifies sub-brands and relaunches Per Una

8 October 2019 | Beth Wright

Marks & Spencer (M&S) has relaunched its Per Una brand following a "significant refresh" that comes just a week after the British retailer's management team admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.... read more


M&S bosses admit clothing turnaround plan is 18 months behind schedule

2 October 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

The Marks and Spencer management team has admitted it is 18 months behind schedule on a turnaround plan for its clothing and home business.... read more


ETI launches tool to tackle language barriers in supply chain

1 October 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

ETI members Marks & Spencer and Coop have collaborated on a toolkit aimed at offering businesses practical support in tackling the common challenges associated with multiple cultures and languages among supply chain workers. ... read more


Pilot project to pay garment workers digitally in Egypt & Cambodia

27 September 2019 | Beth Wright

Levi Strauss & Co, Marks & Spencer, and VF Corporation have partnered with Mastercard on a global effort to pay garment factory workers digitally with the group coordinating pilots in Egypt and Cambodia.... read more


M&S clothing supply chain boss departs amid FTSE100 exit

24 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer has confirmed the departure of its head of supply chain for clothing and home, Gordon Mowat, as it continues to look to return the division to profitable growth.... read more


M&S to fall out of FTSE100 for first time?

4 September 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Marks & Spencer is reportedly set to drop out of the FTSE100 index of Britain's biggest listed companies later today (4 August) – a move that would mark the first time the retailer has not been a member since the index launched in 1984.... read more


DeSL launches PLM for small-medium businesses

23 July 2019 | Beth Wright

Discover e-Solutions Ltd (DeSL) has expanded its line-up with the addition of a new Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) tool for small-medium businesses in the fashion and footwear sector.... read more


Marks & Spencer's journey to sourcing more sustainable cotton

17 July 2019 | Beth Wright

British retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) has this season seen its entire clothing range made from 100% sustainable cotton – one of the first retailers to reach this milestone. Key to its achievement is the Better Cotton Initiative, the largest sustainable cotton programme in the world, according to Phil Townsend, technical lead, environmental sustainability and technical services at M&S. He also believes the transformation of the cotton sector should be a blueprint for other raw material initiatives.... read more


M&S clothing director Jill McDonald to leave

12 July 2019 | Beth Wright

M&S clothing and home boss Jill McDonald has been ousted after less than two years the role, with CEO Steve Rowe poised to take over the segment amid what he calls its "long-standing" supply chain issues.... read more


M&S unveils apparel line for children with sensitive skin

27 June 2019 | Beth Wright

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has partnered with medical technology company DreamSkin on a new range of products across baby, nightwear and underwear to alleviate sensitive skin conditions.... read more


H&M and Gap Inc top Better Cotton sourcing leaderboard

18 June 2019 | Beth Wright

Swedish apparel giant Hennes & Mauritz (H&M), furniture giant Ikea, and US speciality apparel retailer Gap Inc have topped a new ranking by the Better Cotton Initiative (BCI) based on their total Better Cotton sourcing volumes in 2018. ... read more


M&S Plan A chief Mike Barry announces resignation

6 June 2019 | Beth Wright

Mike Barry, director of sustainable business at Marks and Spencer, has announced he is to leave the UK retailer later this month.... read more


M&S announces further store closures amid FY profit tumble

22 May 2019 | Hannah Abdulla

Clothing, homewares and food retailer M&S has revealed plans to shutter a further 85 full-line stores amid a 9.9% drop in full-year profit.... read more


M&S confirms departure of buying, merchandising heads

29 March 2019 | Beth Wright

UK retailer Marks & Spencer has confirmed that both its head of buying for womenswear, and its head of merchandising for lingerie, are to leave the company.... read more


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