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M&S streamlines design team in menswear rejig

Marks & Spencer has restructured its menswear design department as part of a move to integrate its design and buying operations.

The five-strong team of menswear design managers has been cut to three, with Collezione design manager Stephen Trigg and David Rix, who looked after Blue Harbour Vintage, leaving the business.

Design management responsibilities for Collezione, the premium suiting label, will be incorporated with the Autograph label in a new formalwear division, which will be headed by John Harrison.

Blue Harbour design manager Anthony Bradnam now has charge of the casualwear division of M&S menswear. Underwear, nightwear and accessories, known as Essentials, will be the responsibility of design manager Pauline Ainsley.

The restructure aims to give the design managers greater responsibility. Each design manager will report to head of design Jeremy Armstrong.

Director of menswear Julian Kilmartin said: "In menswear we're currently realigning design responsibilities to ensure a seamless integration with the other disciplines of buying and merchandising. We constantly monitor the structure of our business units to ensure that they are meeting the needs of our business."

It is understood the graphic design team has also been cut, as menswear trends move towards cleaner styles. M&S is also seeking a design manager for boyswear.

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