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DAVID GANDY’S
DASHING NEW DESIGNS

Introducing the new formalwear collaboration with our ambassador of tailoring, David Gandy. Here, he talks through the beautifully made pieces he’s designed with us

ON THE INSPIRATION

“The collection evolved from my love of suiting and my experience of working with some incredible designers and tailors, added to the M&S heritage. If you know anything about tailoring you know that M&S are the best on the high street.”

ON THE THREE-PIECE SUIT

“The Prince of Wales check with the red through it (pictured left) from the famous mill Alfred Brown is such a tailoring classic – with the brushed finish, it feels luxurious. It’s one suit with so many different ways to wear it – a roll neck or T-shirt dress it down when a tie is too formal.”

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SHOP THE RANGE

Exquisite details set this DJ apart
£299 for the suit
A fine red check lifts the monochrome tones
£299 for the suit
A waistcoat worn separately adds flair
£89
The long length gives a dramatic look
£249

ON THE FABRICS

“It was essential we used the best fabrics we could find, and the best are British – why would we use anything else? The fabrics used in both suits are from Alfred Brown and the coat material is from Abraham Moon. They’re both British – and Yorkshire – institutions. And we’ve brought in the traditional houndstooth from my other ranges on the linings – it’s the signature pattern of my collections.”

ON THE NAVY OVERCOAT

“I love the coat – it’s inspired by the classic design but we’ve made it a little bit longer. The premium wool we’ve used on the coat is traceable right back to the sheep.”

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ON THE VERSATILITY

“I don’t think men realise the versatility of their tailoring – being able to get so many looks out of one suit is where the value for money comes in. For example, we didn’t put a satin side stripe on the trousers of the dinner suit, which meant we could also style them with a T-shirt and the overcoat. It’s about having some great classic staples. You’re going to have these pieces a long time and they’re not going to go out of fashion but you can always freshen them up with new accessories.”

ON THE DINNER SUIT

“Unlike the tuxedo, an American invention, it has to be midnight blue. And I wanted it double-breasted. DBs have been around a while in the fashion industry and have now come to the high street. It’s a design that looks great on so many people.”

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