Smart Thinking. Baartmans and Siegel for Marks & Spencer

by Katie on November 9, 2016

Zip Rib Jacket -ú59, Formal Jacket -ú120, Formal Flat Front Trousers -ú79, Leather Trainers -ú89

With the recent release of sales figures from retail giant Marks & Spencer that saw the biggest clothing & homes sales fall in 10 years, many have sought to say what’s wrong about the retailer and failed to focus on what’s right.

Smaller stores, focussed streamlined collections and less confusion for the consumer as well as keener, more competitive pricing modules all sound like an answer as well as the current brave decision to back great British menswear designers at LCM.

Zip Rib Jacket -ú59, Price of Wales Check Mac -ú199

Wouter Baartmans and Amber Siegel’s luxurious menswear caught KatieChutzpah’s eye early on in their label’s life, and we’ve championed the London-based brand since those early days.

With a River Island Design Forum collection already under their belts, the London College of Fashion graduates’ talent for high-end-yet-accessible clothing has now been snapped up by iconic British high street retailer Marks & Spencer for a capsule collection of winter staples.

Plain Stretch Shirt -ú39.50, Colour Block Crew Neck Jumper -ú49.50, Boucle Coat -ú199, Formal Flat Front Trouser -ú79, Leather Trainers -ú89

Carrying their focus for texture and tailoring over from their signature line, the self-described “modern traditionalists” collaboration with M&S includes block stripe knitwear, high-shine leather trainers and some seriously statement-making outerwear, including a navy-and-black Prince of Wales check raincoat.

Zip Rib Jacket -ú59, Prince of Wales Check Bomber Jacket -ú149, Formal Flat Front Trousers -ú79

Tapping into the luxury sportswear trend, but still ageless and beautifully crafted, the twelve-piece collection is available from Marks & Spencer stores across the country and www.marksandspencer.com Prices start from £49.

Reviewed by Lee Clatworthy (@bombfashion) & @katiechutzpah

 

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