General merchandise director, Marks & Spencer
Kate Bostock has radically evolved M&S’s clothing offer this year with a string of new sub-brands.
In May, she upped M&S’s menswear open-to-buy spend to help it react to in-season trends, and relaunched the Collezione formalwear range to mirror mature womenswear sub-brand Portfolio, which launched earlier in the year.
Indigo launched in June, offering stylish casualwear basics combined with statement pieces for the 30-plus woman. Bostock expanded the menswear offer for Autograph to launch Autograph Essentials, a collection of modern basics, in August, as well as creating a standalone label for men’s casualwear brand North Coast, previously a sub-section of the Blue Harbour brand.
Although Bostock missed out on the M&S chief executive appointment, which went to Mark Bolland of supermarket chain Morrisons, it will allow her to grasp the nettle and
focus on driving her fashion empire at the retailer.