Is Marks & Spencer A Fast Fashion Brand?

Screenshot of Marks & Spencer website

Yes, Marks & Spencer is a fast fashion brand.

Marks & Spencer (a.k.a M&S or if you’re fancy, Marks & Sparks) is a British retailer that sells own-brand fashion (Autograph, Goodmove, Per Una, Rosie for M&S) as well as third-party fashion, homeware, and food. It was founded by Michael Marks and Thomas Spencer in 1884 and today is owned by shareholders. It operates 1463 stores with 78,000 employees and made £10,181 million in revenue in 2020.

Marks & Spencer is a fast fashion brand due to the speed of production and scale of the clothing that it sells.

Fashion Revolution Transparency Rating: 48/100
Ethical Consumer Score: 3/15
Good On You Sustainability Rating: 3/5

Additional Reasons Why Marks & Spencer Is A Fast Fashion Brand

Sustainable Alternatives To Marks & Spencer

If you’re looking to stop shopping at Marks & Spencer, I recommend checking out the mid-range brands listed in my guide to 150+ sustainable fashion brands, as well as my favourite second-hand fashion sites.

This post is part of a larger guide to UK fast fashion brands, which goes into more detail about the issues with fast fashion, why it will never be sustainable, and how to make your wardrobe more sustainable.

Data for this review is taken from the brand’s website, corporate website, Wikipedia, and sites linked throughout. The Transparency Rating is from Fashion Transparency Index 2021. All information is assumed correct at date of publication.


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