Any Brits walking past the huge Marks & Spencer store on Nanjing Xi Lu (near Wujiang Lu) have spent the last few weeks dreaming of the clothes, accessories and food (but not weather) that they miss from back home.
Thanks to leaked documents delivered on Microfiche to Shanghaiist HQ (good job 007), we can give you a few sneak previews.
First of all, Womens wear (including the bedrock of M&S’s reputation: underwear) will be available in UK sizes 8-18 with some items up to a size 20. Trousers and skirts will come in short, standard and long lengths, and bra sizes will range from 32AA to 40D.
Shoes will go run up to a UK 11 for men and UK 8 for women, and men’s shirts from a 14.5 to 18 inch neck.
The list of available foods is causing mass outbreaks of saliva gland spasms amongst certain sections of the ex-pat community, selected highlights from the spread include:
- Fisherman’s Pie
- Eton Mess
- Strawberry Cheesecake
- Lemon Meringue
- Biscuits (over 100 kinds including M&S Jaffa Cakes, Custard Creams & Chocolate Digestives)
- Crisps (including Salt & Vinegar, Cheese & Red Onion)
- Double Devon Toffees
- 6 kinds of Marmalade
- 17 kinds of Tea
- Yorkshire Bitter, Organic Cider
(It may not mean much to you, but we built an empire on this stuff goddamn it!)