What:

Key area:

- Fashion Compass works with Luxury, Premium and Commercial Brands, Retailers and Collections from all global territories to enter new markets with agents, distributors and retail partners. All territories; Europe, Asia, Americas, India, M.E., Australia/ NZ and more. Fashion Compass has introduced U.S. brands to Europe and Asia, Canadian Brands to Scandinavia, Asian Brands to EMEA, Australian to U.S. & N.Z., China brands to India, European brands to U.S. and naturally UK entry.

Whether your brand is looking to expand internationally or domestically in its own market with agents, distributors and retail partners please get in touch.

Other Areas:

- Fashion Compass has worked for distributors/ agents/ retailers/ fashion service providers and Ecomm sites to engage and source new collections/ brands/ retailers for their territory. Fashion Compass has worked for large conglomerate retail partners as well as regional distributors and has approached the biggest brands and the most relevant brands for its clients.

- Mentoring. Fashion Compass has mentored several designers, brands as well as ecommerce startups and fashion related businesses.

- Business development with brands. Start-ups and expansion. Global and Local. Retail and online brands who want to increase their awareness or have specific goals to achieve.

- M&A. Fashion Compass has advised large PLC and small investors who want a true "ragtraders" perspective and opinion on brands and fashion retailers that number crunchers/ financials cannot offer. Where potentials and or problems lie, potential growth, internal and International. I also have contact with fashion related investors seeking to acquire brands.

- "An Hour". This is a one-off call/ Skype service offered to all companies, start-up to conglomerate who wish to discuss their brand or troubleshoot a fashion problem. Please request "An Hour" information and references.

Work:

Fashion Compass has worked with 100's of companies, brands, designers, retailers and more. Clients have ranged from small pre-Start-up to Conglomerate giants. References will be supplied relevant to your brand, company request and needs. The following words are all areas Fashion Compass has worked.

Fashion – Luxury – PremiumCommercialAgentsDistributors – PR – Social Media – Celebs – (the myths) – stores – NEW MARKETS – Europe – pop-upsInvestmentFashion HRsourcingbrandinglicensingApproaching brandsUKTI and other country gov bodiesbrand profilesAsiaretail partnersfunding – franchise/ concession/ shop-in-shop – approaching retailersinternational growthsourcing new brands for your territoriestrade fairsfashion investors &ndash service industries to fashionWHOLESALEretail property agentsOUTLET operatorsCONGLOMERATESstart-ups – designersinvestors – finding & approaching AGENTS and Distributors (what's the difference)Africa's and Middle East – Fashion Exhibitions – delivery timesbuyersfashion business development& lets add +++ & chuck in an etc.

How:

Fashion Compass has a process that has evolved over the last 10 years and is continually revised. The approach suits most inquiries, of course all will be treated individually. Please email info@fashioncompass.co.uk with some information/ links to your brand or brief objectives or specific project.

Stephen Laundy will then personally email you with his comments and introduction pack with who Fashion Compass has worked for, references all relevant to your request.

Please be aware 3 to 6 brands/ companies a week contact Fashion Compass for a "chat", "please look at my brand/ project". Fashion Compass generally charges a very small fee for a first Skype/ call which is refunded if Fashion Compass services are used. "Chats" seldom lead anywhere, the call is usually one and a half hours and fully explained in the introduction pack as well as references from companies and brands who have done the call and specific only to the call.

Who:

It's good to know who you are dealing with.
Stephen Laundy, Fashion Compass owner:

Born in London, whilst aged 9 at School Stephen was often selling varied clothing and products to his friends that he purchased from wholesale suppliers, and when the mothers were waiting at the gates with a list thing really picked up until the school came down hard and stopped it. At 12 he was retrieving golf balls from the lake at Trent Park on hole 17 at night and selling them back to the golfers at the weekend. Neatly presented in egg boxes, 6 for £1.00.

At 18 he left school and served a two-year unofficial apprenticeship at Smiley Blue Pta, 30 stores in South Africa. Stephen experienced all aspects; sales/ warehouse/ logistics, display, Assistant buyer, Store Manager, Area Manager and more.

From 1984 to 2007 Stephen had his own or was a partner in various fashion companies. Starting in sales he also ran 3 concessions within the Burton Group PLC (Now Arcadia Group: Topshop/ Dorothy Perkins, Principles) and within two years built it to over 400 shop-in shop/ concessions. At the same time, he was supplying thousands of independents and department stores in the U.K., Europe and more, opening showrooms in, Stockholm, Helsinki, Hamburg, Barcelona and based in London. Stephen sourced and managed over 16 agents and distributors, regionally and locally in the U.K., Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and more.

The nature of the trade was changing, and Stephen had to re-invent himself and change with it. The previous business was part voluntary closed and part sold to a competitor. In May 2007 Stephen founded Fashion Compass and has since worked with 100's of brands globally, as well as projects all involved with fashion which you can read about on this website and also follow him here: LinkedIn with up to date projects, posts and regular articles.

Stephen has been a volunteer & specialist fashion mentor at The Princes Trust Charity for over ten years and has worked unpaid with over 300 young people entering fashion at the Charity. His time and efforts were rewarded with an invitation and attending the 40th Anniversary of The Princes Trust at Buckingham Palace.

Stephen is also brand ambassador to KOCO, Knit One Change One which empowers impoverished women in India. www.KOCO.global hand knits for some of the most famous designers in the world.

Fashion Compass also employs several people through internship and outsourcing for admin & IT assistance.

Luxury, Premium, Commercial and High Street. Apparel, Accessories, Footwear and Outdoor.

Fashion Compass fees are as competitive as the industry it is in. Fashion Compass gives a bespoke quotation for all work. Over the last 6 years Fashion Compass has not had a period without less than three clients and has, considering strong client retention.

Contact:

As well as clients we are always keen to hear from new agents and distributors interested to take on brands for their territory.

Thank you for viewing the site and whatever you decide, do connect and follow Stephen Laundy of Fashion Compass here: LinkedIn.

Fashion Compass London Ltd.
Studio: Stratford Workshops, London E15 2SP
Admin & Registered at: Glamis Street, Bognor Regis PO21 1DQ
For delivery instructions of Postage, Parcels, Samples please enquire.

The Photographs on this site have all been supplied by clients past and present. Inquiries as to any of them will be gladly passed to the brand or designer. Customellow (Korea), Okayla (U.K.), Via Calzabigi (Italy), UMMOK (Australia), 1980 Voguish (Italy), Ultra Tee (U.K./ France), Napo Gloves (Poland), Vica Custom (U.K.), Lior Boroda (U.S.), Snug Bud (South Africa), Mikyri  (Italy), Kitu Kali (Kenya/ U.K.), Cadogan World (U.S.), Alisa Smirnova London (UK), Black Velvet (UK).