Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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

The West Coast Debut--

Earlier this year, Loyola Law School in California debuted the Fashion Law Project.  This program brought fashion law to the west side of the country, following the lead of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham School of Law in NYC.

The Fashion Law Project stylishly stepped into some high stilettos with its Fashion Law Summer Intensive--a weeklong course diving deep into the swatches of the industry. Led by Staci Riordan, participants got a dose of licensing law, networking, and intriguing presentations by panelists.  We could tell you more, but Fashion Law Friend Victoria Burke was there and has all the details on the program.  

Check out her fabulous review of the you prepare plans to register for next year, of course!

Monday, September 15, 2014

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

The Fanatic Apparel Collection!

Fanatics is a leader in sports apparel, and their hat collection is no different.  To let you know how awesome their brand is, we're highlighting one of our favorite items as the centerpiece of a game day look.  
Comeback Snapback Adjustable Hat

We love this vintage Chicago White Sox hat for so many reasons.  The throwback logo is timeless.  It's still a favorite for many Sox fans.  The hat also represents Chicago well-- classic, stylish and bold.  

To complete our game look, we added a striped peplum top, black scarf for these unpredictable September days, black jeans, and a "We Wear Black" bracelet, giving a nod to the Sox motto.  To add a pop of color to the canvas color scheme, we paired Pedro Lourenco lipstick by MAC, red flats, and Blanc nail polish by Essie.  A cocktail ring and hoop earrings are staples.  With this look, you're ready for any home game Comiskey Park (U.S. Cellular Field) throws your way!

Check out Fanatics for this classic hat, and a bunch of other pro sports styles for your wardrobe!

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

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

The Latest in Fashion and Fashion Law:

Sometimes we just need to give you a briefing of what's happening in our favorite industries.  Here's some news to keep you going:

Chanel, Inc., has filed a lawsuit against a small time salon infringing on their ever popular mark. The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana,. Chanel noted in its lawsuit the salon owner's name is, in fact also Chanel (Jones), but allege Chanel’s Salon is infringing and benefiting from the reputation of the luxury brand’s name. Coco's line claims Chanel Jones uses only her first name in the salon’s name and she does not have the right to market her name at the expense of the Chanel’s trademark. 
This case does have a wrinkle because of the "same name" situation.  But, Chanel alleges Chanel Jones has ignored several cease and desist letters.  That part definitely isn't good.  

Chanel is seeking that Chanel Jones and the salon be barred from using any of the company’s trademarks. We'll be watching this one for sure.  
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow was sued over copyright infringement on her lifestyle website, Goop.  Filed in the Southern District of New York, the suit alleges Goop engaged in "deliberate and unconscionable actions in infringing on Plaintiff`s trademarks".  Charles Platkin, a health expert, claimed Paltrow's site infringed on his "Diet Detective" copyright, by using the same title and tool on Goop.  He wants monetary damages and use to cease and desist.
The NFL is going on a Fan Style Tour!  Get ready football fans and fashionistas.  You can soon experience the NFL like never before in a stylish 53' trailer that explodes with NFL gear, games, and good fun.Stations on the truck include:
NFL's Virtual Dressing Room
NFL Auction Area with signed jerseys, helmets, and other memorabilia on display
EA Madden NFL gamer experience
NFL Trivia
Here's the map of where they'll be. Dates, too.

Fan style tour dates
Aug. 14
Soldier Field
Aug. 17
Six Flags Great Adventure (NJ)
Aug. 22
Sports Authority (Oak Lawn, IL)
Sept. 3-4
CenturyLink Field
Sept. 13
Sports Authority (Issaquah, WA)
Sept. 20
Sports Authority (Sunnyvale, CA)
Sept. 23
Union Square Macy's (S.F.)
Sept. 27
HEB (Pearland, TX)
Oct. 2
Mall of America (Bloomington, MN)
Oct. 7
Kohl's (Ashwaubenon, WI)
Oct. 11
Kohl's (Highland, IN)
Oct. 16
Kohl's (Indianapolis, IN)
Oct. 26
Westfield Mall (Paramus, NJ)
Oct. 30
Sports Authority (Clifton, NJ)
Nov. 15
Kohl's (Hingham, MA)
Nov. 22
Galleria Mall (Cheektowaga, NY)
Dec. 6
Lehigh Valley Mall (Whitehall, PA)
Dec. 13
Kohl's (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jan. 8
Northlake Mall (Charlotte, NC)
Jan. 14
Sports Authority (Houston, TX)
Jan. 25
Feb. 1

Up and coming shoe designer sues Louis Vuitton for infringement!
A lawsuit was filed in the U.S. Southern District Court of New York by Harlem shoe designer, Antonio Brown and his LVL XIII Brands Inc. The case claims LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton has infringed on his trademark by placing metal nameplates across the toe boxes of its On the Road footwear collection.

Brown alleges the “inherently distinctive” nameplate that was launched in early 2013 has already become a recognizable product signature, thanks to celebs including Tyson Beckford and Jason Derulo wearing the LVL XIII shoes on TV and in other major coverage appearances.
The lawsuit claims that in February 2014, Vuitton, a 160-year-old French company with an international presence, began “to compete unfairly with LVL XIII by selling footwear using trade dress that is confusingly similar to the LVL XIII toe plate and which impinges on the goodwill in it.”

Louis Vuitton has been accused of borrowing a shoe design before. In 2009, LV settled a lawsuit with New Balance, which claimed LV's Minstrel shoe was a ripoff of the NB 574.  Louis settled and stopped selling the Minstrel.  

When asked about the Antonio Brown lawsuit, a representative for Louis Vuitton stated, “The lawsuit is entirely without merit, and the company will vigorously defend itself.”

It's hard to believe it's always the little guy doing the infringing.  We'll keep a watch on this one for sure.  

Monday, September 1, 2014

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

Ready to Stare--New Lookbook and Collection!

RTS is one of our favorite jewelry lines, and watching it grow into an empowerment catalyst has been encouraging and refreshing.  After launching the #ReadytoStareWokeUpLikeDis Movement, creator Alysse Dalessandro came up with a new 90s-themed collection.  It's fun and nostalgic with all kinds of items reminding you of what was cool in pop culture during the era.

We know Alysse has limited free time, but she gave us a few minutes to answer some questions about the new line.

Here goes...

1.  What inspired this collection?

This collection was truly inspired by the women of the 90s from TV and film that I looked up to as a kid. I saw these women confidently wear bold colors, patterns, excessive accessories, crop tops and miniskirts. I wanted to recreate that feeling of confidence that I saw on these women. 

2.  Who is your target audience?

My target audience is always confident individuals unafraid to be themselves despite what other people may think. My products are available in sizes S-4X so my products are for confident men and women of every size. I believe in making innovative fashion for all sizes not simply recreating products in plus sizes. 

3.  What advice would you give to an aspiring designer?

My best advice to an aspiring designer would be to love yourself first. Spend time developing your own creative voice and finding out what makes you special as an artist. After doing that,  ask for help from others who are doing what you want to do. When you are confident in yourself, you won't see other artists as competitors, you will see them as potential supporters. When you believe in what you do, others will too! 

She's telling it!!!!

4.  What do you hope people say about this collection?

I hope that people love this collection. I hope that it brings them back to the 90s and the great women of fashion that the era brought us. I hope that people see my growth as a brand and as a designer. This is my first collection to include skirts and dresses so for me, it's a huge deal! 

Go Alysse!

Of course we know you're ready to peruse the lookbook and place an order, so...
You an find the collection at:
You can view the lookbook at:
PLUS there's also a 10% off coupon code for B.A.F.F.L.E.D. readers. The coupon code is: BLOGGERPREVIEW

Order now!!

Friday, August 29, 2014

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Celebrates

Michael Jackson:  Happy Birthday King of Pop!

The music world hasn't been the same since we lost the King, but he left us with tons of tunes to keep his legacy alive.  Michael's work was the soundtrack of so many of our lives. His music not only made us dance, but offered messages for being and living a righteous life.  Let's celebrate his life through music and song, while keeping his memory alive.

Rest in Peace, MJ!



Remember the Time


Man in the Mirror

I Want You Back

Rock With You

Working Day and Night


You Rock My World

I Like (The Way You Love Me)

I'll Be There  


Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'  

The Way You Make Me Feel

Smooth Criminal  

Love Never Felt So Good

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

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

Chicago Fashion Week--

Hello Chicago Fashion Professionals!

It's almost time for Fashion Focus Chicago, and we find it our duty to share this call for fashion programming with you.  Fashion is major in Chicago.  Check out these opportunities to participate in October.

See you there!

What a summer it has been! Congratulations to all Fashion Focus Chicago vendors at the Divvy Style Pop-Up during Bike Week Chicago, the 1st ever Made in Chicago Market at Taste of Chicago, and the 8th Annual Sidewalk Sale on Daley Plaza. Thinking ahead to fall...

Fashion Week, October 14-19
A press release regarding activities/programming for Fashion Focus Chicago Fashion Week will be sent out later in August. In the interim, please save the date for the FASHION TOWN HALL, 6-9pm, October 14, 2014, kicking off Chicago's Fashion Week! Please note that there will be no Call for Vendors sent by Fashion Focus Chicago for Fashion Week programming. 

Call for Programs
Are you hosting a trunk show, runway event, open studio, art walk/exhibition, or other selling event for your fashion business between October-December? Showcase your fashion event! The Call for Fashion Programs for the 2014 Chicago Fall Fashion Online Guide is now OPEN through August 24, 5pm! 

Fashion Focus Chicago will produce an online Chicago Guide to Fashion - Fall 2014 to highlight Fashion-specific events in neighborhoods throughout Chicago this fall, October-December. This marketing campaign will launch prior to and be linked with Chicago Fashion Week, October 14-19, 2014. Programs featured in this Guide may include but are not limited to trunk shows, runway events, exhibitions, art walk/tours, pop-ups, educational programs, open studios, and other selling or fashion-related events, with an emphasis and spotlight placed on programs taking place during FASHION WEEK OCTOBER 14-19

Monday, August 18, 2014

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

The Purse That Charges Your SmartPhone!

Everpurse is solving problems in style.  What more could you ask for?  You need a stylish bag.  You use your phone so much, it needs to be charged a couple times a day.  Cords are a hassle.

Everpurse is the brainchild of a former social worker, who came back to Chicago to launch her creative--and amazingly useful brand.  Liz Salecdo is the daughter and granddaughter of business owners, so it seems entrepreneurship is in her bloodline.  Creating a bag cute enough to be useful set her apart from so many designers.  She is certainly making her mark in Chicago.  

We got to sit down with Liz and she enlightened us on what's going on with Everpurse, where it's been and where it's headed.  Liz tells us she fell in love with the idea of what she's been creating, even more than she loves starting her own business and brand.  Starting Everpurse was not only a labor of love, but a big leap.  She reminded us how when opportunities present themselves, they are worth exploring--even when things seem scary.  Liz mentioned she endures a lot of gut checks when trying to make design decisions.  She often has to ask herself "would our customers think that's cool?"

As she discussed her brand, she said she's most focused on selling to her customer base and getting them to understand the brand and technology.  The Everpurse team has recently been looking at samples for the holidays and researching ways to integrate technology in other ways.  After all, making accessories smart is the way of our future.  Everpurse will be ready for our changing tech market, but make it a priority to keep design paramount.  

Having Everpurse based in Chicago is not only an asset to the growing tech community, but to the rising fashion scene, too.  Liz says she loves working near galleries and in a City with a lot going on--but she, too wishes there was some physical fashion space for designers to see and spend time close to one another.  She told us there's lots of opportunity to continue growing fashion in Chicago. It's easy to learn the foundation in New York, but there's a vibrant community here. People don't know how much is here. Hopefully they'll see more, especially with Fashion Focus Chicago coming back soon!

So Liz is trailblazing in technology and fashion, but in the women-owned business arena, too.  She positions Everpurse as something to empower women and encourage them to succeed.  Her line is so different and she feels like it's incredible to see how many women love the product and talk about how useful the product is.  

We can't wait to continue seeing this line grow.  The designs are amazing and will only get more fabulous.

Order yours now!

For more on Everpurse, click here.  

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