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As quintessentially British as a double decker bus, Tower of London beefeater, or red telephone box, well-known UK brand Marks & Spencer is loved by millions of people across the world, offering high quality fashion, stylish homeware, and even award-winning food. Such is the power of the Marks and Spencer brand, its footprint has spread all around the world, with franchises and stores in countries ranging from Belgium to France, Armenia to Vietnam, to Hong Kong, India, Greece, and Romania.

Marks and Spencer has grown over the last century to become one of the biggest and best loved retailers from the United Kingdom. Offering an ever-changing line of award winning products, from clothes and homewares to food and drink, Marks and Spencer are renowned for continually providing the highest quality goods with a genuinely fantastic level of customer service.

Range

Discover the latest on-trend fashion designs for women, whether it’s a staple pair of jeans or a classic occasion dress, and for men, you can look no further for made to measure shirts, stylish suits, and classic casual items like block colour tees. Or why not spruce your home up a little with their range of furniture, bedding, and kitchenware.

One of the leading retailers from the UK, Marks and Spencer creates and sells stylish and great value clothing and home products of only the highest quality. They have one of the biggest ranges available anywhere for everything including womenswear, menswear, childrenswear, lingerie, beauty products, homeware, furniture, giftware, and wine.

From button-up shirts to chino shorts, denim jeans to winter jerseys, Marks and Spencer has range of men’s and women’s apparel to suit every style. They have an elegant selection of women’s dresses, from glamorous gowns to cocktail dresses and party-perfect skirts, or maybe their collection of blazers and suits are more your style for that smart formal look. 

Protect yourself from the harsh elements while looking great at the same time with the range of jackets, coats, and knitwear from Marks and Spencer. Whether they are brightly patterned pieces or classic monochrome designs, you can choose a style which can easily be coordinated into your existing wardrobe. 

Marks and Spencer has a wide variety of accessories for men and women, so you can keep it casual with soft knitted scarves or beanies, or otherwise lend a look of instant elegance to your outfit with designer sunglasses or a premium leather bag.

Small Beginnings

From small beginnings, Marks and Spencer has grown from a small single market stall in Leeds to the multi-channel and international retail powerhouse it is today. 

Originally founded all the way back in 1884, Marks & Spencer started life more than 130 years ago when Polish immigrant refugee Michael Marks arrived from his hometown of Slonim, Belarus to the north of England with little money and even less English. Initially he was a pedlar, but it didn’t take long before he owned a little market stall in Kirkgate Market. Everything he sold was categorized by price, but he soon decided to stop selling expensive products when he saw how well his penny section was selling with his simple slogan “don’t ask the price, everything is a penny”. 

Michael decided he needed a partner who could help him manage his growing business. The man who loaned him some money to go towards the original start-up costs, Isaac Dewhirst recommended his senior cashier Tom Spencer. Tom agreed, investing £300 and Marks & Spencer was officially born, a decade after Michael opened his little market stall on the 28th of September 1894.

Along with his cash investment, Tom also brought considerable skills in accounts and administration, which perfectly complemented Michael’s flair for selling, merchandising and dealing with customers. Marks & Spencer named their stores “Penny Bazaars”, while also keeping their slogan of the penny price, but adding “Admission Free”. Whilst it has been the shopping norm for a long time now, encouraging their customers to browse with absolutely no obligation to buy was certainly unheard of then, and became a very successful marketing ploy. They also displayed their items on trays allowing their customers to browse, while most other retailers kept their items behind the counter on shelves.

The early 1900s were a period of growth for Marks & Spencer after buying a number of its competitors and expanding to 36 Penny Bazaar outlets, which included 12 stores on High Street. The company’s first address was registered in Derby Street, Manchester and was also the first warehouse which had been built for the company, and it helped increase their reach to 145 stores by the year 1915. It was sometime in the early 1920’s that Marks & Spencer began to sell underwear, by far their most famous product, as 1 in 3 women today wear an M&S bra.

Since then, Marks and Spencer has grown into a global brand with almost 1000 stores all over the world. While the company continues to face new challenges in the digital age, M&S have begun to restructure so that they can ensure their business can survive for another century.

Marks and Spencer Dresses

With the ability to flatter, accentuate, and really turn some heads, a dress can embody your personal style like nothing else. Boasting a seemingly endless supply of dress designs, from flowing, feminine maxi dresses to softly draped wrap dresses, Marks and Spencer have a selection that is sure to put your style on show. 

Whether it’s a bold red dress that needs no accessories, a lace dress that can be delicately dressed up or down, or a classic clean-lined dress in white that becomes picture-perfect when you pair it with a pair of statement heels, the collection by Marks and Spencer spans the range from flirty and playful all the way to boldly structured and dramatic.

Marks and Spencer Suits 

Nothing looks as sophisticates as a man wearing a well-fitting suit. Offering a diverse selection of designs and styles, Marks and Spencer have the latest in tailored pants and jackets, from classic slim cuts to skinny fits, which are all available in contemporary colours and timeless shades. Get that vintage, debonair flair with double breast styles, or for the epitome of modern charisma you can always go for a slim cut suits. Classic colours can always have a pop of colour with a colourful tie or a bright pair of socks.

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