Tuesday, April 30, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 7 Stories of the NBA Playoffs...and it's Only Round 1!

It's only the 1st round and the excitement is already alive and popping in the NBA playoffs.  Check out these stories and share some you like from the first of 4 great rounds of hoops.  

1.  Jason Collins announces he's gay.
In our sometimes unfortunate world, this is actually news--someone announcing who they truly are.  Although many other athletes have come out as homosexual, Jason is the first to still be active in his sport, of the 4 major professional sports in America.  Despite this being his own personal business, we know the realities of our society, so we share in congratulating Jason on his courage and wish him the best.  Hopefully more people stand on the right side of social progress.  

He received a lot of support on his announcement via Twitter:
The White House (@TheWhiteHouse) tweeted: President Obama called Jason Collins this afternoon to express his support and said he was impressed by his courage.

First Lady, Michelle Obama (@FLOTUS) tweeted: So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo

Kobe Bryant (@KobeBryant) tweeted: Proud of @jasoncollins34. "Don't suffocate who u r because of the ignorance of others #courage #support #mambaarmystandup #BYOU

Dwyane Wade (@DwyaneWade) tweeted: Jason Collins showed a lot of courage today and I respect him for taking a stand and choosing to live in his truth.

SHAQ (@SHAQ) tweeted:
Character is found in those who lead.  I am so proud of my friend, Jason Collins, for showing all of us what leadership looks like.  #way2go

2. Nate lights up the basket, showing Chicago is Mr. Robinson's Neighborhood.
Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets was one for the record books.  The score was high (totaling to over 250 points) and the energy was a perfect match.  The Bulls' Nate Robinson put on a show leaving onlookers unable to walk away from this triple-overtime game.  He had 23 of his 31 points in the 4th quarter when his team overcame a 16-point deficit.  In his own words, he was "lighting up the basket like in the old NBA Jams video game".  He may have gotten into it with former Bull C.J. Watson, but the efforts and points Nate put up were unmatched in this home win for my home team.  He's definitely earned his place in Chicago fans' hearts.  We're excited to see more Nate.   The series returns to Chicago on Thursday.  

3.  Stephan Curry has turned the playoffs into a shooting clinic
On both Friday and Sunday, Stephan Curry did his sharpshooting dad, Dell Curry proud by shooting his team into a series lead over the Denver Nuggets.  Curry scored 22 of his 31 points in Sunday's game during the 3rd quarter, as the Warriors closed out the Nuggets.  Steph was playing through an ankle injury, making his performance even more spectacular.  

When analysts said a star had been born, Warriors coach Mark Jackson said, "Well, those guys are just coming to the hospital. The baby has been born already. I've been watching it all year long."

4.  Kobe Bryant is revitalizing the role of Player/Coach.
Like a select few before him, Kobe Bryant has taken on the role of Player/Coach while nursing his injury.  Unlike many others, the Player/Coach has not often been the team's leader in every sense of the word.  Bryant has high expectations, and a tough work ethic.  Although he can't be physically on the court with his team, he's definitely pushing them as hard as possible from the sidelines.  See #6 below for more on the saga that is the Lakers' season.  

5.  Kevin Durant is playing his game, and Russell Westbrook's, too.
With Russell Westbrook out like many other favorite point guards, Kevin Durant has taken the Thunder on his back in ways like never before.  He exploded for 41 points on Saturday and looked as smooth as ever while adding another win in the series against the Rockets.  Lucky for the Thunder, their bench is pretty deep, but who can be worried with a star like KD!?

6.  Dwight Howard's worth is coming into question.
Kobe is out.  Nash has been riddled with injuries all season, and near the end of the regular season, Laker legend Magic Johnson challenged Dwight to be the superstar and take the team on his back.  At many points during the regular season, it seemed as if the Lakers wouldn't make the playoffs at all.  Now, they're here, but conversation continues to loom whether or not D. Howard was worth the money.  Should the Lakers let him go?

Meanwhile, Carmelo Anthony was called the NBA's most overpaid.  Do you agree?  He's done everything necessary to put his Knicks up 3-1 over the Boston Celtics--who snuck out a win on Sunday.  Is Melo getting too much?  Too little?  Is this his year?

7.  The Superstars we love are missing in action.
Derrick Rose is out.  Rajon Rondo is out.  Russell Westbrook is out.  Ok, enough sad stories.  These guys, along with Kobe and other marquee players are suited up in a different way this playoff season.  All experienced major injuries, hampering the chance of them helping their team to the NBA Finals.  It's not their fault.  Injuries happen.  What is notable here is the quantity and caliber of players missing from these playoffs, yet the high level of play and excitement we're still seeing every night.  We're loving the action and highlights, but we wish speedy recoveries to our beloved superstars...particularly Derrick Rose :)

Get excited for Round 2!

Monday, April 29, 2013

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

Ready to Stare:  The Beach Collection--

It's time for summer accessories, folks!  Get your warm weather looks ready.  Ready to Stare is one of your favorite jewelry lines, and being a Chicago brand doesn't hurt one bit.  The summer collection is launching today, and we couldn't be more excited to share these samples from the lookbook.

Take a glance, read what inspired designer, Alysse Dalessandro to create the collection, and get your orders in!

The inspiration for the Beach Collection began from a trip to Texas. I traveled to Texas for the first time last August. And the whole collection started when I found these vintage sliced shells that I knew would make amazing statement earrings. As I traveled from Dallas to Austin to San Antonio to Corpus Christi and South Padre Island, I began to developing this idea of an "urban beach" collection. 

I continued to source inspiration for this collection during my everyday life in Chicago when I spotted this peeling blue paint on a brick wall.  We even shot one scene of the lookbook right at Chicago's North Beach. In addition to materials sourced in Texas, I gathered materials and inspiration from a trip to New York City. 

So many of the U.S's biggest cities are on water and have some sort of beach, but it's never something we associate with these cities. It seemed only natural for me to create a collection paying tribute to the urban beach. 

Ready-to-Stare's Beach Collection pairs our always bold, confident, and streetwear inspired aesthetic with more of a soft edge.

Photo credits:
Photographer: Eva London
Hair and Makeup: Sym Abrol
Styling: Blair Chic Styling
Models: Christin Roby, Brooke Ashley, Jamila Rose

Full lookbook is now posted at www.facebook.com/readytostare

Ready-to-Stare can be found at:

Twitter and Instagram are @readytostare

Thursday, April 25, 2013

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

Tomorrow is World  IP Day!

Intellectual Property is one of our favorite topics of law.  The World Intellectual Property Organization holds every April 26th as World IP Day, to bring attention to the field and increase the awareness it has on all parts of our society.

Check out what's going for the 2013 celebration!


Predicting the future is an uncertain endeavor at best, but that doesn’t keep us from trying. And with ever greater access to information, instant communication, new forms of collaboration and crowd-sourcing, our predictions are becoming more frequent, more outrageous, and more accurate.

We know, for example, that cars will soon drive themselves. That our sight and speech – eventually our brains – will interact more directly with, and effectively control, our computers. Which will in turn become much smaller and be worn on – or inside – our bodies. This will all have a profound effect on how we live – how we think, how we work, how we learn, heal, enjoy.

What used to be science fiction is now fact. But what’s next? What is the future beyond the future? What disruptive technology is now just an idea bouncing around a young engineer’s mind? Who will create the next online sensation that again changes how we talk to each other? What new music will emerge from a garage somewhere to rock the world’s dance floors or unnerve the academy? Who are tomorrow’s great artists and innovators? How are they working; how do they create? And how will they get their creations to market in a world where the game changes, almost daily?

The future? Ask the next generation.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 6 Highlights from the Fordham Fashion Law Institute Symposium!

This past Friday, I was delighted to attend the 3rd Annual Fashion Law Symposium at Fordham Fashion Law Institute.  It was entitled Well Dressed, and the attendees, students, and panelists were all donned as such.  If you were able to attend, please share your comments and pictures.  If you were not, here is a recap of the great day:

1.  1st Lady of Fashion Law, Susan Scafidi was a gracious hostess.
This comes as no shock, but must be noted.  Susan Scafidi has been major in putting Fashion Law on the map.  She's not only led lobbying efforts for copyright protection on Capitol Hill, but saw the vision and made it a reality--creating the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham School of Law.  Fashion Law has real legal matters, is worth billions, and happens to be quite fun.  What more could we ask for?!

2.  Counsel for both Christian Louboutin and Yves Saint Laurent were in attendance and on the same panel.  No red laquer was thrown :)
Harley Lewin (McCarter & English LLP) counsel for Louboutin, and Jyotin Hamid (Debevoise & Plimpton LLP) counsel for YSL gave great recounts of their sides of The Battle at Red Sole.  The gentlemen kindly exchanged fun ribs at one another, but showed the importance of the landmark case.  Attendees were provided with a great understanding of each designer's side of the suit, while also being reminded of the strong similarities each shares: fights against counterfeits, brand integrity, exclusivity in the market, protection of trademarks.  Surely they have more in common than they do in conflict.  
This panel was a reflection of the great learning tool the red sole case has become.  We should be thankful for this precedent.  

3.  Fashion and Philanthropy were highlighted.
We are all about Fashion and Philanthropy here, and even have a page dedicated to it.  It was refreshing to see a panel discussing how fashion is used as a platform for the many causes needing attention and funding in our society.   From the tragedies in Boston to other unfortunate circumstances like Hurricanes Katrina and Sandy, fashion has taken charity on its back and worn it well.  Rachelle Stern (Senior Counsel at Macy's), Steven Kolb (CEO of the Council of Fashion Designers of America), Allen Bromverger of Perlman & Perlman LLP, and Diana Mao of Nomi Network were all amazing at defining the great connection between fashion and philanthropy in their respective capacities.  

4.  3-D printing got some well deserved attention.
The ability to print your own garments at home was a major topic of discussion at the symposium.  Francis Bitoni (Francis Bitonti Studio) and Michael Schmidt  (Michael Schmidt Studios) showed off their uniquely designed dress for the fabulous Dita Von Teese.  This dress was not only custom made, but is one of the 1st of its kind in fashion technology.  Done through coding and the 3-dimensional printing of thousands of pieces, this dress is a sign of where technology is taking us.  Of course patent and copyright protection were points of conversation during this panel. 

5.  The trademark camaraderie of this fashionable niche was alive and vibrant.  
Because this legal niche has met some questioning of its validity, many of us who are passionate about it make it a priority to stick together and help one another.  Fashion Law has generally been noted as helpful, fun, and energetic.  The people here want to help one another and do what we can to see it grow and continue to prosper.  The symposium was a reflection of this sentiment.  

6.  Live fashion was on hand, of course.
After the panels were over, we enjoyed a great fashion show with dresses by CONSTRUVCT X Nervous System and Langoliers.  The ladies looked great!

If you missed the John Marshall Law School Symposium on 4/14, check out this recap by Shelley Whitehead, Esq. of The Legal BombSHELL.  She's also written a list of things you coulda, woulda, shoulda learned at the event.  

For more on Fashion Law, check out our Fashion Law Files.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

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

Fashion Illustrator, Lauren Cheri--

In early February I came across an event on Meetup.com.  The posting was for designing your own outfit with a fashion illustrator.  This sounded like an amazingly fun time, and I couldn't wait to sign up--primarily because although my styling skills are completely on point, I have no artistic hand--at all.  I knew this was going to have to be great if I could actually leave with something productive.  I did.

The event was hosted by Lauren Cheri, a self-proclaimed "illustrator born and bred in Chicago".  She may have literally been born somewhere else, but her fashion life began and flourished here.  We're glad to have her!

Between her freelancing, bridal design, and art supply sales jobs, I sat down at Argo Tea with Lauren and she enlightened me on her Chicago fashion career.  Here's what she told me:

I asked her how she got started in fashion and she told me about her experiences in high school.  "I was a mediocre actress freshman year, so I started working backstage and liked it.  I found I had talent in costume design and sewing."  She clearly ran with the talent.  She told me she came to Chicago for fashion school because she wanted to study theater costume design.  "Illustration caught on and I began freelancing".  Clearly the rest is fashionable history.

Lauren said she adores the young and fresh aspect of the Chicago fashion industry.  "There's a small established scene, but a lot of it is up-and-comers.  Everyone has a hardworking can-do attitude and are willing to work together.  New York has their physical Fashion District, which is awesome, but we'll get there.  It'll take time, but we'll get there sure enough."

Being a lawyer, I had to ask her how she protects her brand, and if she has run into any legal issues in her fashion career.  She shared, "I use copyrights and contracts.  Being present online is important, too because good work can easily be found online.  You have to be out there and aware.  I sign everything and keep a consistent style."  Lauren is clearly up on utilizing trade dress to protect yourself in the market.  She also gave the little tid bit to "post low resolution pictures.  They're hard to reproduce."  Surely that's helpful for all designers out there.

Lauren told me she classifies her work as different from others by her content being unique.  It was clear to me, just flipping through her view book, she puts personality into the figures she draws.  It appeared to me each of them had something to say or thoughts I was waiting to hear straight off the page.  They were realistic, despite the evident art which brought them to the paper.  "I always draw curvy women--confident, strong, athletic-looking women." These characteristics definitely set her apart from many others.  "Art is like a piece of your soul; it's an emotional investment."

Live illustration at the Juicy Couture Spring Collection Launch Event
Although if she weren't illustrating she'd like to be a linguist--travelling light without the heavy bags filled with idea books and art supplies, she wants to do her part in further putting Chicago fashion on the map.  She said what Chicago needs to get to the next level fashion-wise is "Attention.  A lot of people here are working hard.  There's even a wholesale fabric store here for the 1st time.  People and potential are here, it just needs attention."

Of course NY and California are known for their distinct fashion styles, but I was curious to know how Lauren frames them.  "NY is bold, flashy, and outgoing.  California is laid back with LA being a bit more materialistic.  Chicago is diverse and has a 1920s style.  We do what we want.  It's a old school style.  The spirit of prohibition is still here.  Chicago's fashion style is very much like the musical 'Chicago'."   What I enjoyed most was her sentiment: "Chicago has a soul in a way other cities don't.  It's not so much a look, but more of an attitude and soulfulness."  

Digital illustration in progress
Lauren is a great ambassador for Chicago fashion and plans to keep things local as she continues to grow.  She is working on moving into merchandising--getting her stylish drawings on items like phone cases, bags, sleep masks, throw pillows and more.  I can't wait.  I'll definitely be buying.

I appreciate the time I got to spend with her, and hope you guys get to enjoy her work, too.  By the end of our chat, she had drawn this illustration of me.  How accurate :)

Check out Lauren Cheri all across the web!

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 5 Group Buying Sites--

These days, group buying is the trend.  When group buying, consumers can get all kinds of deals and find specials on food and activities they might never try.  They are great for introducing you to small businesses in your area and can be tailored to fit your needs.  

Check out these sites and plan your next adventure.

1.  Groupon
Of course this might be the most popular.  This Chicago-based site offers deals of up to 90% off, using their famous name to negotiate savings and fun on your behalf.

2.  LivingSocial.com
Another popular site.  Living Social allows you to share deals with your friends and find everything from new restaurants to facials.  

3.  ScoutMob.com
This one allows you to find deals in your area, send them to your phone and use them on the spot!  No planning necessary.

4.  PlumDistrict.com
We all need apps to cater to our lives.  This one does just that.  It finds deals relevant to your lifestyle and sends them to you daily. What more can you ask for?

5.  Yipit.com
They have it all--literally.  This site gathers deals from Groupon and Living Social, based on your preferences, and send them to you.  

This is just a sample.  Certainly there's more. 


Monday, April 15, 2013

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

The Fashion Law Symposium- By Guest Editor, Shelley Whitehead, Esq. 

First, I just want to sincerely thank V for allowing me this platform as a guest writer on her blog.  V and I were introduced by a mutual friend back in August 2012 when I first moved back to Chicago and she quickly became one of my dearest and most supportive friends. She was the inspiration for me to hit the ground running in helping to put Chicago fashion law on the map and was one of my biggest cheerleaders when I decided to recently launch my blog The Legal BombSHELL. Both V and I were afforded the tremendous honor in being a panelist/presenter at the 1st Annual John Marshall Law School (“JMLS”) Fashion and Design Law Symposium held on Friday, April 12, 2013. Hopefully if you are in Chicago, you got a chance to check it out. If not, here’s a recap of this historic event.

For the panelists, our experience actually started Thursday evening when JMLS’s Fashion Law Society hosted a dinner for us at Pazzo’s, an Italian eatery. I swore off bread and pasta for the month of April, so it was quite the struggle as I watched the bread and olive oil being passed around and all of the pasta dishes being sampled. Nevertheless, I stayed strong and my grilled salmon dinner was divine.  I will definitely be dining there again come May. But I digress. There were panelists who flew in from literally all over North America to take part in this momentous occasion. It was truly a pleasure being able to network with so many of the movers and shakers in fashion law. By the time I got home, I was riddled with anticipation for the day to come and had my clothes laid out like it was the first day of school. 

My Friday began by arriving to JMLS relatively early as I was part of the very first panel.  Once the symposium commenced, my ├╝ber fabulous co-panelist Shara Harris, Esq. of WFML, P.C., and I presented on “Legal Issues in the Fashion Industry: Creating and Protecting Your Intellectual Property”. Our presentation pretty much laid the foundation for the panels to come by giving an overview of the business and legal aspects of the fashion industry— a fashion law 101 if you will.  The following panel featured your amazing blog host V and two other panelists, Ashlee Froese from Toronto, Canada and Roberto Frias from Mexico City, Mexico.  Their presentation compared the similarities and differences as to how fashion law and intellectual property is regulated in each country’s jurisdiction.  You should be super proud of V. Since you follow her, you already know what a fashion law guru she is and she definitely showcased her vast knowledge on Friday. During the lunch intermission, all of the morning panelists took pictures with the symposium’s photographer, with State Street as the backdrop. 

After lunch, there was a panel featuring Washington, D.C. attorney Mariessa Terrell and Chicago attorney Aleksandra Volk who sat with Chicago-based designers Anastasia Chatzka and Lara Miller to discuss the impact trademarks and marketing had on their brands.  One of the highlights of the panel was Lara Miller wowing the audience with her demonstration of one of her “flip sweaters”.  This sweater can be worn multiple ways — once as a cardigan and then by just flipping it upside down, it can be worn as a shrug. While I can honestly say I enjoyed every single panel, I must say this panel was particularly refreshing because we got to hear a designer’s perspective. As attorneys, we can talk all day long about the law, but it’s nice to hear from the proverbial horses’ mouth how those laws actually positively or negatively affect the designers.

The following panel was conducted by New York attorney Frances Hadfield, Esq. and Chicago attorney Michael Hode, Esq. who gave us a tremendous overview of some of the more overlooked aspects of fashion law: importing and exporting goods, taxes and even the tags in our clothes. The last panel was with Philadelphia attorney and Wilhelmina model Tracy Agyemang, Esq., California based attorney Kanika Corley, Esq., and Wilhelmina Model’s General Counsel Ali Grace Marquart, Esq. who gave an insightful and entertaining presentation on labor issues in the modeling industry and rights of publicity.  Overall, the symposium had something for everyone. Even if you thought you knew everything there was to know about fashion law, you certainly left out of there feeling like you learned something new. To learn more about the incredible panelists that presented, please check out the Chicago Fashion Law Update.  

After the symposium, there was a cocktail reception for the attendees which included hors d’oeuvres, a wine bar and fashion show. The designers represented included Suzanne Opara of 828 Collection, LaTonya Williams of Elizabeth Smith Fashions, and hats from the Goorin Brothers.  The models were actually law students from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law, which was a nice and unexpected touch.   

This symposium was everything I could have dreamed of and more. Natalie Laczek, Michon Stuttley and the lovely ladies of the John Marshall Fashion Law Society put together a phenomenal event. I was truly impressed with how well-organized and well-planned the event turned out. Every “i” was dotted and every “t” was crossed. The marketing and publicity for the event was incredible, as the symposium was sold out and people were actually begging for tickets (my dad being one) and even asking to be put on a waitlist. As you know Chicago is often overlooked in just about everything fashion-related, despite it being a huge and thriving metropolis. The astounding interest and success of the symposium is a testament that there is a market for fashion here and all that was needed was the proper platform. That platform was definitely showcased on Friday. Therefore, I believe it is safe to say there will be a 2nd Annual JMLS Fashion and Design Law Symposium next year.

Thanks again for having me V! I truly enjoyed sharing with your readers!

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Green: BOOST Live Event 2013!

The Delta Emerging Leaders (DELs) Building Opportunities for Original and Sustainable Thinking or BOOST live funding event is in one month! (May 8th). Last year’s funding event gave two organizations, We Farm America and Every Last Morsel  and the latter was recently featured in Crain’s Chicago business last week!  If you are interested in helping directly fund local sustainable businesses, check out the website and facebook page for the event! BOOST is a great way to get more involved in the green economy and learn about some of the exciting green ventures in the Chicago

Thursday, April 11, 2013

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

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers--

Not too long ago, we highlighted the Ebony Fashion Fair exhibit, now open at the Chicago History Museum.  In addition to the exhibit, items from the traveling fashion show were auctioned off at a Chicago gem--Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.  This West Loop location is not only conveniently placed, but is so much more than meets the eye once you step inside.

leslieHindmanOver the years, LHA has hosted popular auctions on items dear to the Windy City-- including memorabilia from the beloved Comiskey Park, the Chicago Stadium, and the Schwinn Family Bicycle Collection. They've also offered prized possessions from the estates of renowned Chicago dwellers Arthur Rubloff adn Mrs. Robert R. McCormick.

Leslie Hindman Auctioneers has led the auction market for over 30 years, making the midwest a catalyst in the auction industry. Founded in Chicago in 1982, Leslie Hindman specializes in high profile auctions of contemporary paintings, rare books, fine jewelry, French furniture, fashion pieces, and more.

I must say my visit to this auction house was not only breathtaking, but a restoration of pride. The integrity of the establishment is one characteristic to the City of Chicago, while the eye for fashion, vintage pieces, and treasured possessions is unmatched.

Learn more about Leslie Hindman Auctioneers here, and plan your attendance at an upcoming auction.  

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 7 Things Happening in Fashion Law--

Fashion Law is of course a favorite around here.  As the niche grows and gets its due notoriety  we are always delighted to share what's happening in and around the field.

Here's the latest:

1.  John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society Fashion Law Symposium
This is SO major, and we are SO excited.  Fashion law is not only making waves across the country, but is etching it's stiletto print in the City of Chicago.  I am honored to be a panelist and can't contain how honored and ecstatic I am.

The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society is pleased to present The First Annual John Marshall Law School Fashion and Design Law Symposium. The Symposium will consist of panel discussions on the latest groundbreaking legal issues concerning the fashion industry. There will also be an opportunity for you to network and mingle with individuals from all facets of the fashion and legal industries.

Here's more: 

2. Fordham Fashion Law Institute's Fashion Law  Symposium
We must always pay hommage and gratitude to Ms. Susan Scafidi.  She's the First Lady of Fashion Law and has not only led the niche on Capitol Hill, but chartered the 1st Fashion Law Institute at Fordham School of Law.  

The Fashion Law Institute is hosting their 3rd Annual Fashion Law Symposium.  Can't wait!

3.  Forever 21's Trapeze Act
The fast fashion giant tried it again.  Forever 21 offered a dead ringer for the couture Celine "Trapeze" bag.  Needless to say, Celine is more vigilant than Forever 21 took them to be.  Bags have since been removed from the racks.

4.  Social Media and Fashion
For years now, you've been able to point your smart phone at a radio and find out what song is playing.  Now, you will be able to do the same with fashion items.  Shazam is expanding into the fashion world, developing an app to let people see, click, and search their way to chic.  Where has this been all my life!?

5.  Zara & the Slave Labor Investigation
Spain's fast fashion giant, Zara, is in hot water over slave labor accusations at their Argentinian warehouse.  

Apparently, the production facility was doubling as a home to some of its men, women, and child laborers.  Local labor groups said the facility was poorly lit, unsanitary, and kept workers on the clock for 16 hour shifts with no break.  No outfit is that serious.  This is the 2nd time in less than 2 years.  Stop it.

6.  YSL not only came out unscathed in the red bottom case, but is now getting 2 biopics!
High fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent will never be forgotten.  The trademark style and haute fashions will remain staples forever--and 2 movie producers will make sure of it.  Although only 1 has the blessing of Pierre Berge, his YSL's former partner, there's plenty of IP issues to be sorted out and enough right of publicity concerns for both to potentially get attention.  Case Clothesed did a great piece on this one.  

What are the right of publicity laws in your state?

7.  Canada introduced the Combatting Counterfeit Products Act
As we've noted here before, there's a difference between counterfeits and knockoffs.  Counterfeits are attempts to pass off a fake product as the real thing, while knockoffs are when Coach's signature "C" turns into a "G".  Knockoffs are plays on the real thing.  We all know better, even the producer, but they sell it anyway.

Well, Canada is having no parts of the counterfeits.  Counterfeits are offensive to hardworking designers and give consumers a jaded view on brand sourcing if they aren't careful.  C-56 amends the Copyright Act and the Trade-marks Act to strengthen the enforcement of copyright and trade mark rights and to curb commercial activity surrounding infringing copies and counterfeit products.  It also helps Canada uphold their requirement in the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) and will allow Canada to ratify the Agreement.

One small step for fashion law.  One giant step for fighting fakes!

To feed your Fashion Law Addiction, here's more on the niche.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

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

*Register Today!!

The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Symposium!

The John Marshall Law School Fashion Law Society is pleased to present The First Annual John Marshall Law School Fashion and Design Law Symposium. The Symposium will consist of panel discussions on the latest groundbreaking legal issues concerning the fashion industry. There will also be an opportunity for you to network and mingle with individuals from all facets of the fashion and legal industries.

Join us on April 12th for a day of networking, fashion, and law. Attached is our symposium flyer with further details about registration, panel topics, and the cocktail reception.

Please RSVP by clicking the link below and filling out the necessary information that follows.  This event is free to all students and $20 for any other attendees. Registration will be open until April 5, 2013, as space is limited.


To get to know the panelists, check out the Chicago Fashion Law Update!

Please contact Britney Monroe at bmonroe@law.jmls.edu if you have any questions concerning registration. For general inquires please contact jmls.fashionlaw@gmail.com.

Best Wishes,

The John Marshall Fashion Law Society

Thank you!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

B.A.F.F.L.E.D. Tops

Top 4 Legal Cautions for March Madness--

We may be out of the month of March, but March Madness is just now kicking up.  With the Final Four airing next week,  we want to give 4 quick cautions for staying on the right side of the law for the festivities.


1.  Be careful who you bet with.
Be conscious of your state and local laws.   Opponents may look of age to gamble, but might not be.  It's not worth the trouble.

2.  Use caution in marketing.
"March Madness" is actually a trademark owned by an NCAA affiliate.  No one can be too sure how vigilant they are being, but as we've discussed about trademarks before, do not use someone else's intellectual property improperly and without permission.  It could end in a lawsuit.  You don't need it--especially if your bracket looks like mine (winner! :)).

3.  Celebrate with care.
We all get excited when our teams do well, but it's never worth charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, or any other run-in to ruin your celebration.  Cops will be out and watching.  Keep it tame.  After all, the big game is on a Monday.  

4.  For the lawyers out there, be careful communicating with players.
This tournament gives a great glimpse into who will be where in the NBA draft and who to check for when scouting.  Although all pro athletes need able counsel, amateurs do not--and there are rules regulating it.  Communicating with college athletes in regards to representation or attaining compensation is prohibited, and could cost you your expensive law license.   Wait to see which players leave school, graduate, or enter the draft.  Until then, they are student-athletes.  

We hope these tips are helpful to you and your brackets haven't been destroyed.  No one expected Florida Gulf Coast University to do what they did!

All the best to your team!

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