In 2001, TAF Buying Service was founded by Edward Angelo Enrique in his living room to work as a freelance U.S. buying agent for Fenwick Ltd. in the UK. In 2005, TAF opened a commercial office in NY’s garment district. TAF expanded its international presence to include Europe, Asia and the Middle East by adding clients such as Harvey Nichols Riyadh in Saudi Arabia, Little Nolita in Japan, Salam in the UAE and Oman and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. Prior to opening his own buying office, Edward worked for Actis-Grande Associates, the prestigious international buying office for stores such as Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman and Holt Renfrew. Edward managed the accounts of Lane Crawford and House of Fraser. In 2005, Edward also served as Creative Director of Access USA, scouting designers from Southeast Asia and helping to launch their U.S. business through merchandising and market consulting. Edward has also attended the fashion weeks of emerging markets such as Brazil, Singapore and Toronto as a designer scout.
TAF finds the best designers and products in the market, both emerging and established. We vet designers and brands to ensure proper alignment with our clients in terms of distribution, market profile and positioning.
TAF presents edited reports on the up and coming trends in runway and street fashion, colors and silhouettes.
TAF keeps tabs on the latest retail, restaurant and bar openings as well as lifestyle trends.
TAF advises clients on the best times of the year to visit in order to attend the right market weeks and trade shows. We help our clients determine the length of their trips to maximize time and cost. We book and coordinate multiple appointments and layout detailed schedules with sufficient time for market appointments with current and new brands, walking trade shows as well as comparative shopping. We lay out schedules geographically to minimize transit time, and coordinate schedules so that buying managers can move seamlessly from one buyer to another. We organize fashion week invitations and trade show badges for our clients.
A TAF representative can escort clients in the marketplace, making introductions to new designers and showrooms, walking trade fairs and pointing out new brands, helping them to maintain their schedule, assisting them with selection and detailing, and accommodating any changes or special needs they might have. We also can detail collections for our clients with pictures and notes when they are unable to view the collections themselves.
TAF manages suppliers in order to ensure the timely and proper invoicing and shipment of our client’s orders. We help determine the most cost and time efficient method of shipping. We regularly follow up with warehouses on our clients’ orders and shipments. If there are any changes, we inform our clients of any delays, cancelations, substitutions, etc. We work closely with our client’s freight forwarders in order to successfully coordinate and/or consolidate shipments in order to save time and cost.
TAF negotiates favorable payment terms, trade discounts, exclusivity, stock swaps and mark-downs. We use every opportunity in our communications to educate the marketplace about our client’s brand and promote their image.
TAF works with prestigious established retailers around the world. We have extensive experience working in the UK, Middle East and Asia markets.
11 store retail group in the UK. Established in 1882, the Newcastle store is the largest department store in Northern England. The Bond Street store, established in 1891, is located on one of the most coveted retail streets in the world. Each Fenwick store is unique in size and brand mix
TAF Buying Service
545 8th Avenue, Suite 14NC
New York, NY 10018