UK’s Marks & Spencer (M&S) has announced that it is the official tailor to the England senior men’s and women’s football teams. Spanning three years, the partnership builds on the retailer’s longstanding relationship with The Football Association, dating back to 2007 when M&S became the Official Suit Supplier to the England Senior Men’s Team.
The in-house designed collections will be worn by the England teams with the 67-piece menswear collection available for customers to shop at the company’s website and in selected stores from August 18, ahead of the upcoming tournament schedule. The womenswear collection will debut next year, M&S said in a press release.
The collection brings together performance separates, knitwear and suiting to footwear and accessories. Hero styles include double and single-breasted jackets, a performance trouser with four-way stretch, relaxed half zip polos, a bomber, and Harrington jackets.
The FA menswear collection includes cotton sourced through the Better Cotton programme, the use of natural fibres such as wool (woven in UK mills), Responsible Wool Standard Merino wool and the use of recycled materials such as recycled polyester. M&S’s unique innovations, including Stormwear and Cool Comfort and Dura Heel technology.
The collection complements M&S’s broader formal offer that brings together more relaxed items alongside formalwear to show how they can be dressed together. The retailer’s Smart Edit, ‘Smart, Redefined’, comprises items that can be worn as separates or together for a variety of occasions, with the Flex Trouser with a half elasticated waist, the jersey smart separates, and slim fit blazers all proving increasingly popular.