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.