BRANDS AT M&S: M&S OFFERS A ONE-STOP-SHOP FOR BACK TO SCHOOL AS CLARKS AND SMIGGLE OPEN IN MORE THAN 25 STORES ACROSS THE UK
M&S expands presence of children’s clothing brands at M&S by introducing Clarks to 27 M&S stores and Smiggle to 60 stores, all in time for back to school
M&S also welcomes Hype to 8 M&S stores and Kickers and Jansport to the M&S.com online platform
Today M&S announces the expansion of ‘Brands at M&S’ childrenswear brands, welcoming iconic footwear brand Clarks and popular school supplies brand Smiggle and Hype to more stores across the UK , as well as Kickers and Jansport on M&S.com. This summer, M&S is the one stop shop for back to school, offering everything from school clothes to accessories for a seamless shopping experience.
At M&S, we are known for our durable and reliable quality school uniform. As a go-to back-to-school retailer, we leverage the strength of our in-house offering and make it easy to remember the ‘extras’ by offering a carefully curated choice of third-party brands that appeal to our customers. The brands offer convenient in-store services, such as free shoe measurement and fitting, as well as complementary accessories for the new school – a category in which M&S does not have an extensive own-brand offering.
Brands at M&S
The third-party back-to-school offer is part of the broader ‘Brands at M&S’ strategy, which gives customers access to a carefully selected pool of brands and all the benefits of shopping with the platform. M&S, from the next day Click for free & Collect at our Sparks loyalty program.
Although primarily an online platform, the store expansion of Clarks, Hype and Smiggle follows the success of a trial in 8 stores across the UK for the back to school l ‘last year. Stores that offered Clarks’ complementary measuring and fitting service saw an average 8% increase in in-store customers, increasing total children’s clothing sales by 13% while continuing to increase their share of market.
Back to school is the third most important business event of the year. With 1 in 4 M&S Clothing & Home customers now buying children’s clothing, attracting family shoppers is a key strategic focus. Earlier in the year, M&S also welcomed award-winning early childhood toy specialist, Early Learning Center to 10 stores across the UK.
Neil Harrison, Director of Brands at M&S said “We are truly proud to be the UK market leader in children’s school wear, known for our trusted quality and everyday value. Back to school is a busy time for families and we want to make the shopping experience even easier for our customers by putting some of their favorite brands of shoes and accessories alongside our strong school clothing offering. It’s just one of the many ways we’re giving our 22 million apparel and home customers more reasons to buy from M&S.”
M&S brands are available in select M&S stores across the UK. The full range of Back to School products is available on M&S.com and available for next day delivery or free Click & Collect at over 700 M&S locations. Customers can book an appointment for Clark’s measuring and fitting service at M&S stores in the UK via Clarks.com.
Brands at M&S Timeline
September 2020 – First clothing brand goes live on M&S.com – Nobody’s Child
November 2020 – Launch of the Early Learning Center on M&S.com
January 2021 – M&S bought its first brand – Jaeger – for £6m (Jaeger was later relaunched under Fiona Lambert in October 2021)
March 2021 – Official launch of ‘Brands at M&S’ showcasing several clothing brands including Seasalt, Sloggi and Sosandar
June 2021 – Clarks and Hype footwear brand launched on M&S.com and 8 stores across the UK
September 2021 – Launch of school and leisure essentials retailer Smiggle on M&S.com and 8 stores across the UK
November 2021 – M&S acquired a minority stake in eco-friendly fashion brand, Nobody’s Child
March 2022 – M&S invests in The Sports Edit
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