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Jan

Fashion Law Enthusiasts Brave the Polar Vortex for Annual Media Mixer

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On Tuesday, January 21, the metro area was hit with between 5-10 inches of the white stuff. But, the arctic temps, black ice and salt were no match for those passionate about fashion law.

On Wednesday, January 22, the FLW Team held its annual Media Mixer at Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan.image

Fashion Law Enthusiasts Brave the Polar Vortex for Annual Media Mixer

On Tuesday, January 21, the metro area was hit with between 5-10 inches of the white stuff.  But, the arctic temps, black ice and salt were no match for those passionate about fashion law. 

On Wednesday, January 22, the FLW Team held its annual Media Mixer at Violet Boutique in Adams Morgan.image

{Vote Violet Boutique for Best Clothing Boutique in the Washington City Paper’s “Best of DC ” Reader’s Poll.}

Guests arrived, hung up their fur hooded parka’s and were greeted adult beverages and mini macaroni and cheese bites to warm up their insides. Beer was provided by FLW sponsor Peroni Italy and Premium and light fare  and white wine was sponsored by the lovely ladies Violet Boutique (a special thank you to the loveliest of them all-Violet Boutique owner, Julie!).

Violet is one of those boutiques that you try to and miserably fail at staying away from…  From high-waisted skinny jeans to sexy-sophisticated dresses, from silk jumpsuits to statement jewelry, Violet Boutique has that item that every girl needs, even if they don’t know it until they walk into the store!  Everything in Violet is reasonably priced for even the most frugal of fashionistas’ budgets.  

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Lawyers, supporters of Fashion Law Week, media and bloggers, joined us to honor the “Man of the Hour,” Mr. Anthony Lupo, Esq.  Mr. Lupo was awarded the FLW 2014 DC Metro Fashion Law Pioneer Award for his support of Fashion Law Week and his contributions to the discipline of fashion law.

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{From l to r: Charis Dorsey: Co-chair FLW 2014; Candace Key, Esq.: FLW Founder; Anthony Lupo, Esq; Ashley Cloud, Co-Chair FLW 2014}

Anthony Lupo is a partner at Arent Fox and chair of the Intellectual Property Group, a Howard University School of Law alumnus, and preeminent Fashion Law and Entertainment Law attorney.  Lupo’s clients include heavy-hitters such as Discovery Channel, Pixar and Oprah Winfrey(!!!) Network, Lacoste, Diesel, Hugo Boss, and Escada, PlayStation and Google.  The FLW Team would like to once again thank Mr. Lupo and honor him for his continued work in fashion law.

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The night continued with the announcement of a cash prize contest from FLW Fashion-Tech Startup sponsor Pinxter.  Pinxter is a fashion app where users upload fashion photos to get feedback from others users. on whether to by those new shoes or try out that new nail art.  It’s like you have one thousand best friends with you at your fingertips in the dressing room to give you that honest thumbs up or thumbs down.

The FLW Pinxter Contest.  At the Media Mixer, Pinxter launched a contest for FLW event participants.  To be eligible, contestants (1)must download the Pinxter app on their iphones or ipads, (2) take photos at any FLW 2014 event, (3) post the photos to the app with the hashtag #FLW, get the most “yes” votes on your photo.  Pinxter will announce  the winners at the FLW Intelligent Design Runway Show on Friday, February 28. The first prize winner will get $500 and the next four top winners will get $125.  DOWNLOAD the Pinxter app now and join us for FLW 2014 which begins Monday, February 24!

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{The Pinxter Team and FLW Board Member Sindy Wenjin (in the fabulous red peplum dress!)}

The Media Mixer also served as the launch for FLW’s launch of its Prom Dress Drive for its non-profit partner, Michelle in Training (MiT).  MiT is dedicated to making today’s young ladies into successful leaders of tomorrow. Under the leadership of founder Kat Kalvin, MiT is breaking down the barriers to success for DC’s high school girls through mentoring, cultural experiences and a rigorous curriculum designed to immerse them in the MiT skills: social intelligence, health & wellness and leadership.

FLW is accepting your new or lightly worn formal wear gowns.  The dresses will be donated to MiT and the ladies of Dunbar Highschool.  We will be collecting the dresses at each of the FLW events.  You may also email fashionlawweekdc@gmail.com to set up a time and place to donate your dress.  HELP US HELP OTHERS!

Fashion Law Week 2014 “FASHION TECH: The Law of Fashion in a Digital Marketplace.”

Monday, February 24-Sunday, March 2.  

MORE PHOTOS FROM THE MEDIA MIXER!

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01

Mar

Cardozo JICL’s International Fashion Trends: The Business of International Fashion Law

I returned to NYC from Washington to attend the International Fashion Trends: The Business of International Fashion Law presented by Cardozo Journal of International and Comparative Law. The extremely engaging Ms. Barbara Kolsun (VP and General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman) moderated the symposium.

The first panel focused on achieving compliance in human rights in the fashion business. Jeffrey Goldfarb (G-III) and Howard Robbins (Proskauer) attended, with Greg Weisman (Ritolz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields) skyping in from Los Angeles. The panel discussed the problem of California laws and Prop 65 (a law holding manufacturers liable for a “toxic product”), a company’s liability and difficulties of accountability over the entire supply chain for a product, and compliance in both the digital and physical worlds in web accessibility initiative.

The next panel was: Navigating International Trade featuring Frances Hadley (Grunfeld, Desiderio, Lebowitz, Silverman & Klestadt), Guillermo Jimenez (Professor of International Trade at Fashion Institute of Technology), and Lee Sporn (Senior VP of Michael Kors). The issues of duty free costs, international enforcement, strict compliance of letters of credit, and the bribing government officials and the private sector were the key points of interest of the panel.

Panel 3 involved the legalities of international fashion modeling. Ali Grace Marquet (Deputy General Counsel of Wilhelmina International), Doreen Small (Golenbock Eisman Assor Bell & Peskoe), Michael Wildes (Wildes & Weinberg), and Theodore Max (Shepard, Mullin Richter & Hampton) touched on issues of models as contractors, immigration visas and the modeling industry, and the physical controversy around models (age and weight).

The last panel included Jeff Trexler (Professor of Fashion Ethics at Fordham Law), Georgia Kalivas (Institute for Marketecology and Professor at Fashion Institute of Technology), Peter Fields (Ritholz Levy Sanders Chidekel & Fields), and Natalie Nixon (Professor at Philadelphia University). The panel delved into concepts of marketing of eco-friendly fashion, awareness, the costs, business development models, production, outsourcing, and effects of the economy. A video from www.global-standard.com accompanied the presentation -promoting a global standard for sustainable fashion.

Overall, the symposium provided strong discussion in the business aspect of fashion by law students, art students, lawyers, panelists, among others interested in the field. Ms. Kolsun was an extremely engaging moderator who was able to generate strong enthusiasm in the audience and panelists. It was fantastic to hear such a diverse group of professors, lawyers, business development directors speak about their interests and focuses in fashion law.


-Amelia Wong

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Feb

Q&A with Ms. Heather McDonald:

Ms. Heather McDonald, a Partner at Baker Hostetler, is a pioneer of the field of anti-counterfeiting litigation and intellectual property enforcement with a specialty in the area of fashion law. She has been a strong voice for fashion law issues in the New York City community and active in drafting legislation in New York and other states involving increasing the penalties for trafficking in counterfeit goods.

 

Q: How did you get involved with fashion law and pursue your career path in the field?

A: It was a bit of an accident –and being “first on the scene.” Very early in my career, I had the good fortune to work on several cases related to trademark counterfeiting and infringement. The laws were relatively new and out and there was not a lot of litigation in this area yet, so I was able to develop a real specialty in this area. I worked with a lot of companies in the fashion world on these issues.

 

Q: What were the early projects that you worked on involving fashion law that you found significant?

A: I was involved in lobbying for new laws in the Federal and State levels to make the sale of counterfeit goods a crime and to increase the penalties for those convicted of this crime.

 

Q: What challenges have you faced in your career so far?

A: I faced a lot of the same challenges as many women of my generation, in law or business generally. There were not many women in senior levels in the field and it was difficult to find a mentor, which is why now I try to mentor other women whenever possible.

 

Q: What successes do you believe your career has brought you?

A: A great achievement has been with regard to litigation of third-party liability actions against landlords –holding landlords liable for the illegal sale of counterfeit goods on their property. Another success has been lobbying for stronger anti-counterfeiting penalties.

 

Q: What advice would you give aspiring fashion lawyers?

A: Look for mentors; network; You never know where you will find your dream job or clients.

 

-Amelia Wong

09

Feb

Fashion Law Week 2013 Media Mixer at Alton Lane

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Nov

Art of Fashion: President’s Committee Will Hold November Meeting

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Post­ed on Octo­ber 25, 2012 by Fash­ion Clo­ture in arts edu­ca­tion

The Pres­i­dent’s Com­mit­tee on the Arts and the Human­i­ties (PCAH) will hold its next meet­ing on Novem­ber 18, 2012 in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Com­mit­tee mem­bers, com­prised o…

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Oct

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