Wednesday, January 28, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Fashion Law and the Local Economy--

Fashion law is in fact taking over the globe.  But, its impact is local in nature, too.  Despite there being an ongoing battle for protection of fashion designs at the national level in the U.S., many large cities, are doing their part to protect brands as well as their local economies.


While fashion trends change almost faster than the seasons, brands are made to last forever.  Creators set out to achieve longevity.  In recent years, there have been a number of efforts to curb harm to brands.  Whether it be through the sale of fakes, thereby infringing on trademarks, or even penalizing the consumers of fakes, local governments are taking no prisoners in preserving the integrity of fashion.

What's been happening?!

  • Both coasts are equipped with amazing fashion law programs to help train upcoming lawyers in this billion-dollar industry.  The Fashion Law Institute at Fordham and the Fashion Law Project at Loyola dig deeply into fashion law issues.  Being in the garment districts of the nation's 2 largest cities doesn't hurt either.
  • In 2011, the New York City Bar Association established a fashion law committee.  Many bar associations across the country have held symposiums on the topic since then.  
  • In 2013, NY Councilwoman Margaret Chin introduced an ordinance to penalize counterfeit purchasers.  It's not far-fetched--Italy, France, and England all penalize consumers for purchasing fakes.  The NYC measure didn't pass, but it definitely got the attention of counterfeiters and the impact tax avoidance has on the local economy.  She introduces a subsequent effort to prohibit the storage or sale of fake goods in any NYC building.  She's not giving up on this. 
  • Chicago makes necessary use of its Trademark Violation Ordinance, which revokes the business licenses of retailers possessing and selling counterfeits.  O'Hare Airport, recently named the busiest in the U.S. has uncovered millions in fakes at their international gates as well.  
  • North Carolina isn't playing any games either.  The Secretary of State's office led police throughout NC on Operation Faux Pas, seizing more than $12million in fakes across the state.  


What's set to happen next?
Local governments are pressed to keep up the services they've been able to provide.  We need smooth streets and snow plowed, right?  Losing out on tax revenue is no help. Locales with counterfeit districts, like Canal St. in NYC are watching for dealers who skimp residents of their service money and are issuing penalties left and right.  Cities with flea markets are heavily watching the products coming through their borders, too.  Many large flea markets have been the scene of busts when local or federal authorities uncover fakes sold by vendors.  

Surely fashion industry leaders like Susan Scafidi and Diane von Furstenberg will continue working with the CFDA on federal legislation as well.  

We'll continue watching the counterfeit scene.  You should do the same.  Fakes are never in fashion.  




Monday, January 26, 2015

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

The Latest in Fashion Law: News & Updates--

A lot has been going on in fashion law lately, so we want to make sure you're up to speed.  Here's the latest:

Ralph Lauren forced to destroy knockoffs
In October, Converse sued a bunch of designers who infringed on their famous Chuck Taylor shoe.  Now, as part of their settlement, RL has decided to destroy their 36 infringing styles, along with all molds and materials used to make them.  Trademark protection is everything.  Even big brands get caught up in it.

Seahawks are protecting their fans
Just in time for the Super Bowl, the Seattle Seahawks are working to trademark the number "12" and "boom".  After successfully registering "Legion of Boom", efforts to secure "12th man"and just the number "12" in jersey font have proven a bit more difficult because of marks already in use.  The Seahawks aren't giving up, though.  They're working to find as much specificity as possible to protect what's pushed them to their 2nd Super Bowl in 2 years.  Good luck!

Federal Agents Seize Super Bowl Fakes
While Seattle is trying to protect their brand, the NFL is working to do the same for theirs.  Just this past weekend, near Phoenix, about $1million in knockoff NFL merchandise was seized by the feds.  Merchandise included watches, other jewelry, and even flasks.  Yikes.

"Faking It" exhibit continues at FIT
New York's Fashion Institute of Technology recently launched an exhibit in their museum examining the history of copying, both authorized and unauthorized, as the $600billion counterfeit industry continues to threaten designers.  Faking It: Originals, Copies and Counterfeits displays genuine and copied items from designers like Louis Vuitton and Coco Chanel--2 designers who have actually stood on opposite sides of the issue.  Following Charles Fredrick Worth's debut of a label in his designs in 1903, brands like Louis Vuitton have worked tirelessly to protect themselves against fakes.  Meanwhile Madam Chanel once said "One should not bother to protect that which dies the minute it is born".  Is she right?

Afternoon Dress by Charles Fredrick Worth (1903)

Patrons of the exhibit get to check out bags, suits, dresses and more, all while comparing the real to the fake.  A little fashion law history is laid out as well.  The exhibit lasts until April 25th.  

Louis Vuitton and Google partner to fight fakes
Continuing their quest to forever protect their well-known brand, LVMH is now working with Google to keep the conglomerate safe on the internet.  After filing many lawsuits against Google for harboring ads and sales of infringing merchandise, the 2 major brands have signed a cooperation agreement, promising to end their legal dispute.  The deal provides for each side to combine their resources to keep counterfeit LV items from being marketed and sold via the internet giant.  

Is this the start of stronger crackdowns?  Let's keep watching.


Wednesday, December 31, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Sports

NBA Fashion:  The Year In Review-

We love hoops, and are addicted to fashion.  It wouldn't be a proper year-end without a post like this.  Today, we're highlighitng...or maybe lowlighting, some of the most eye-catching NBA fashion looks of the year.  Some were good looks, some risks, pretty much all of it was eye candy in one way or another.


Enjoy!
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Andrew Wiggins came into the league making a splash.  Some people weren't feeling this look, but it's really not too bad--it's draft night, right?! Come on, we've seen worse.  This one gets a thumbs up.


Told you we've seen worse.  There are other ways to have a holly, jolly Christmas.This isn't one of them...

Not a fan of the sleeved jersey, either.  What do you guys think?!


 Some players took the risky route...






No.


But rightfully so, the Turner NBA Family took the fashion in risk, honoring sideline analyst, Craig Sager.  



Others kept it classic, but took it up a level.  The extra effort is everything!!

            He calls himself a cowboy, but this suit makes him quite the smooth gent. 




Steph Curry played his style so well he got a deal with Express



 While Russell Westbrook started his own fashion eyewear brand.  





He, Wade, Durant, and Rondo tend to be frequent flyers in style. 










 Gotta miss this smooth, low haircut.  We'll take the healthy knees and wins in exchange, though!


 Dwyane Wade...or Dwayne Wayne?!

...eye candy!










Can't wait to see the 2015 hooper styles!


Monday, December 29, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Spotlights

Skin Deep Bodycare!

This post is long beyond overdue, but we are so excited to bring this Spotlight your way.  Skin Deep Bodycare is an amazing brand, created by an attorney making moves and changing lives all across the country.  See, out of the box J.D.s do big things!  Dominique is not only bringing us healthy, luxurious products, but refreshing feelings about ourselves and our skin when we use it.  




Check her out in her own words...


1.     How did you get started in fashion and beauty?  What sparked your interest?
I got started in the beauty industry because of my own issues with my skin and beauty products. I had suffered for years with eczema and dry skin issues. I wasn't able to find any products that were both healthy and effective. Also a lot of the natural products and healthier for my skin were not feminine and luxurious. So I decided to create my own. In college I started playing around with formulas and making my own body creams. It wasn't until a few years later in law school that I actually started the company with the goal of helping other women who were looking for healthy affordable and chic body care options. 

2.     What do you just adore about the Chicago beauty market?
 I love that the Chicago beauty market has awesome small and unique beauty businesses. Chicago is an awesome balance of luxe beauty and practical beauty. I also really like that smaller boutiques and even our larger retailers like Target are really beginning to take notice of the beauty trend and are offering more diverse beauty products.

3.     What are some legal issues or challenges you have faced in the industry, if any?
We haven't faced any legal issues. (knock on wood). Because of my background in law, I was very diligent in researching proper licenses, regulations and requirements before I officially launched the company. But like any small business, finding affordable legal advise (outside of myself) can be a challenge. 

4.     How do you work to protect your brand?  What sets your brand apart from the others? 
I protect the brand by keeping our recipes and manufacturing techniques closely guarded. While I am transparent about our ingredients and the quality of our ingredients, I try to keep our exact formulas private. Also we make sure our products and company is trademarked. Also I believe, an important part of protecting the brand is consistent branding and messaging. Our customers know what the Skin Deep brand is, this is accomplished by being visually consistent and keeping our messaging consistent as well.
What sets Skin Deep apart from other brands is that we are committed to providing Healthy and effective body products for women of color. We provide solutions for skin conditions and we do it with a bit of luxury and health, at an affordable price. 

5.     What would you consider your stamp on the Chicago beauty industry?
 I would like to think that Skin Deep is helping to usher in the "Green" beauty movement in Chicago. Making healthy more mainstream and interesting. 

6.     What do you feel the Chicago fashion and beauty industry needs most?  What do you plan to do to help achieve those needs?
The Chicago fashion and  beauty industry definitely needs more diversity. We need brands that cater to the needs of all women and we need to see those women represented. Skin Deep helps achieve those needs by making products tailored to issues that women of color face with their skin as well as promoting diversity and inclusion within the beauty industry. 

7.     What's next for the Skin Deep Bodycare Brand?
The sky is the limit for Skin Deep; we are exciting about launching new Soy Candle/Massage Oil products coming soon. As well as continuing to create great new body and skin care products.

8.     What are your favorite types of products to create? What is your favorite client segment?
Personally, I love making our Shea Body Souffles, which is a buttery soft moisturizer. As a person who suffers with dry skin, this is the product that most immediately speaks to my skin needs. I love all client segments, but it is especially awesome when women & men who have suffered with eczema symptoms for a long time tell me that our Souffles have helped alleviate their symptoms and their skin is so much better. That's really why I do this! 

9.    What might your clients not know about you?
Let's see. Most people are surprised to know that I have a law/legal background. Also, I am a food nut. I love good food especially when I can find/cook something that is healthy and savory, ahhh Heaven! 

10.    What should people know about the Skin Deep Bodycare brand?
Skin Deep Natural Bodycare is a brand that really is committed to health and well-being. Women should not have to sacrifice their health for beauty and with Skin Deep they don't. All of our products are handcrafted in small batches to ensure quality and freshness, so when you order Skin Deep you are getting fresh, customized products. 
11.  Why law and beauty?
I get that a lot. My concentration in law school was civil rights and human rights law. So my passion is service. To me, I feel my company is service. I am able to educate people about the importance of healthy ingredients in their body and skin care products. I am also able to provide those products at an affordable price and great quality. I am contributing to my customers overall health and well-being and that is the ultimate service. 

WE are so glad we got to Spotlight Dominique and her wonderful Skin Deep Bodycare Brand.  Although the Cocoa Almond scrub is one of my favorites, I really love and encourage you all to check out the souffles and face washes.  You can't go wrong with any of her items.

Can't wait to see what she has coming next!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Fix

The Modcloth Holiday Sweater Guide!!

We've been on a slight hiatus, but this is the perfect return.  Not only is it the holiday season, but the temperatures are just right for cute sweaters without the mummified look to stay warm.  In our holiday partnership with Modcloth, we're giving you one of our favorite looks in this drummer boy sweater, paired with a few other MC faves.  

Let's pick this casual holiday party look apart:
The Sweater--this is a classic holiday staple and perfect for an "ugly" seater party--although this pick is quite cute!  The colors are neutral, so they'd go well with leggings, as shown, or jeans--colored or blue denim.

The Fun Hat--the bow is festive and fun.  This hat takes the outfit to a new level.  The piece serves as fashion and function.

The Scarf--simply complementary because of the colors, but let us not forget, it's cold!

The Statement Glasses--these are fun, too.  Why not add a fun accessory to jazz things up a bit?!


ModCloth Style Board



Holiday sweater
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Black tight
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Ankle boots
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Silver ring
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Tartan shawl
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Beret cap
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Retro eyeglass
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The Booties--they're just plain cute.  The zippers are nice accents to the ruffles, while the pop of red at the feet keeps the outfit spirited from head to tow.

The Cheveron Ring--big, fun rings are our fashionmark, so they're a must.  Why leave the hands unattended!?


Check out more from ModCloth in their Holiday Gift Guide and their full sweater collection, and share looks you like with us!

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Fashion Law

Start-Up Design: Tools for Fashion Designers--

The Fashion Law Society at John Marshall Law School in Chicago is at it again.  After putting on their 2nd Annual Fashion Law Symposium this past Spring, they are once again making their mark in the Windy City fashion industry.

This seminar is sure to be a necessity for designers--and a fun networking opportunity, too.  Check it out!

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Starting a business in the fashion industry? Are you a designer or wishing to open a retail shop or both? What rights do you have to your designs? What protections do you need as a business owner of a retail shop? It is more than a creative vision. Assortments of legal issues come in every size and in a variety of different colors.  From structuring your company, agreements with buyers even registering the related Trademarks. There are numerous legal considerations someone interested in starting a business in the fashion industry should take.  Understanding these legal considerations will allow you to plan for the future and structure and strengthen your business in a way that will help you to succeed.
 
Join the John Marshall Fashion Law Society for ‘Design Business’ on November 20th at 5:30 at the John Marshall Law School. The event will feature presentation from the John Marshall Trademark Clinic and Patent Clinic regarding Intellectual Property issues as they relate to design, as well as a presentation from the Business Enterprise Law Clinic regarding business entities and essential agreements for business dealings within the industry.  After the presentations there will be an opportunity to participate in client intake interviews with the legal clinics at possibly get your legal concerns handled. The event will equip you with the knowledge you need to take your business to the next step. Please join us and lets talk business!
RSVP here!

 


Monday, November 10, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Health

November is Diabetes Awareness Month--  

We always find it extremely important to discuss diabetes, as it affects million of Americans. Diabetes is a group of diseases, characterized by high blood glucose levels, resulting from the body's deficiency in producing insulin.


As we all work to raise awareness about diabetes, there are some essential things you should know:

There are three types of diabetes:
-Type 1 diabetes is usually diagnosed in childhood. Many patients are diagnosed when they are older than age 20. In this disease, the body makes little or no insulin. Daily injections of insulin are needed. The exact cause is unknown. Genetics, viruses, and autoimmune problems may play a role.
-Type 2 diabetes is far more common than Type 1. It makes up most of diabetes cases. It usually occurs in adulthood, but young people are increasingly being diagnosed with this disease. The pancreas does not make enough insulin to keep blood glucose levels normal, often because the body does not respond well to insulin. Many people with Type 2 diabetes do not know they have it, although it is a serious condition. 
  *Type 2 diabetes is becoming more common due to increasing obesity and failure to exercise.
-Gestational diabetes is high blood glucose that develops at any time during pregnancy in a woman who does not have diabetes. Diabetes affects more than 20 million Americans.

Diabetes can be from a number of sources. 
Diabetes can based on diet, genetics, access to health care and healthy food, or a combination of the 3.

Diabetes does not have a cure and needs continued awareness.   
As greater efforts and funding is put into diabetes research, we can get closer to combating its prevalence.  

Awareness and action make diabetes manageable.
Visit your doctor regularly and make sure you are doing the right things to remain healthy.  Eating right, watching your sugar intake, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle--including physical activity, will keep you in control of diabetes--not the other way around.

Diabetes is an everyday condition, impacting people we all know and love.  
Well-known fighters include Patti LaBelle, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, Halle Berry, Bret Michaels, Nick Jonas, and Larry King.  They don't let it stop them.  No one should.


Take diabetes seriously.  It could be your condition or the condition of someone close to you, but it affects us all.

Here's some helpful resources:
Diabetes Efforts in Your Area
Diabetes Blog 
Diabetes Research Tool 
American Diabetes Association 
Diabetes for Your Life

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