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M&S’s formal menswear buyer heads to John Lewis

Marks & Spencer’s head of buying for formal menswear, Nick Keyte, has left to join department store chain John Lewis.

Keyte started as head of buying for menswear at John Lewis this week, taking over from Matt McCormack,
who has been formally promoted to buying director of fashion after acting in the role for a year.

Keyte will report into McCormack and work across John Lewis’s range of own-brand menswear, as well as collaborations with the department store’s designers.

Keyte was at M&S for three years, with responsibility for formalwear, accessories, footwear and luggage. As a result of his departure, his former role has been merged with the casualwear buyer’s, with David Binns taking on the full menswear buying brief.

This forms part of M&S’s restructuring that has taken place since John Dixon was appointed executive director of general merchandising last year, which has also seen the kids and homeware departments merged under Stephanie Chen.

As a result, former homeware head Damian Guha is now director of business strategy, reporting to Patrick Bousquet-Chavanne, director of strategic implementation, while former kidswear director Karl Doyle joined Shop Direct last month.

M&S has also reduced the number of heads of design since the departure of Per Una and Limited Collection boss Carole Boyes-Weston late last year.

Karen Peacock, head of design for the Autograph, Classic and Indigo Collection ranges, took the role on an interim basis but is now expected to fill the position permanently. Neil Hendy continues as head of design for M&S Woman.

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