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M&S announces new menswear partnership with England rugby star Maro Itoje

Tom Bottomley
30 September 2021

England rugby star Maro Itoje has been announced as the face of the M&S Collection and Autograph menswear ranges for AW21.

The ranges feature a number of more relaxed silhouettes and stretch fabrics, with smart separate options to cater for the continued shift towards smart/casual dressing.

Itoje is known for his love of style as well as his prowess on the pitch, as he “brings his sharp dressing to the new season”.

He wears sizes from M&S’s "Big & Tall" offer, suitably designed for larger frames. All "Big & Tall" products are available online for next day collection from over 700 M&S stores and customers can access styling advice via video call seven days a week from M&S menswear experts.

Wes Taylor, Director of M&S Menswear, said: “Maro’s undeniable style and passion for clothing is evident, and with his shared values that we hold as a brand, he was an obvious choice to represent M&S – we are delighted that he has come on board to highlight our stylish new collections for autumn.”

Itoje added: “I’m delighted to be teaming up with M&S, a brand that I have grown-up with and loved wearing over the years, and that shares the same important values that I do. Style is a passion of mine, so to be asked to work with M&S to wear the new collections was an honour. There are so many great, stylish pieces from the new season that I can’t wait to wear again!”

Itoje is also a patron for the Black Curriculum, an organisation which aims to teach Black British history in schools and support teachers through training. For Black History Month this October, M&S has selected Black Curriculum as its Sparks charity, which will see the retailer donate 2p every time a customer shops, double the usual 1p donation on every purchase.

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