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September 12, 2016

Creating a Commission Only Contract with a Sales Representative

When small fashion companies are seeking to expand the number of retailers or potential customers that they can reach, they often seek out a sales representative who can act as an independent contractor, receiving a percentage of each representative facilitated sale. This relationship, while seemly simple, is full of complex […]
September 12, 2016

How To Protect Your Jewelry Designs

For jewelry designers, a few key pieces may define their reputation, especially for precious metal designers, who may only make a few notable designs per year. For designers who are concerned about protecting their unique pieces, there are a few intellectual property avenues to consider exploring. The rules of intellectual […]
September 12, 2016

When To Label Your Products as “Made In USA.”

To support the local economy and to avoid manufacturing facilities with questionable humanitarian ethics, many fashion and cosmetic companies are seeking local manufacturing opportunities, and are excited to share this goal with customers. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has published several policies and standards that companies must reach when using […]
September 12, 2016

Conversations To Have With Your Future Fashion Business Partners

The beginning of any business is not only a crucial time to discuss how the partners will work together, it is also a wonderful time to have these discussions, since all partners are optimistic about their future business, and therefore in a great mindset for compromise. When partners clarify their […]
September 12, 2016

5 Topics for Contracting with Make-Up Artists

New York Fashion Week is upon us and San Francisco Fashion Week is just 2 weeks away! With runway shows on the forefront, clients are focusing on the production phases, including contracting with cosmetologists or makeup artists. Fashion shows are fast pace and chaotic, making the preplanning an essential component […]
September 12, 2016

Tips For Getting Your Fashion Company Funded

Aside from helping clients who have gone through the fundraising process, I have recently attended two events in San Francisco on the topic of funding, which got me thinking more about the importance of having a funding plan. ┬áThere’s a few pitching tips that were given at both events: know […]
September 12, 2016

Legal Considerations of Crowdfunding Fashion

To gain publicity and to finance their early fashion lines, many young fashion companies are now using crowdfunding campaigns. While this can be a very smart way to minimize the risks of creating apparel or accessories before finding buyers, a campaign can cause legal headaches for a company that hasn’t […]
September 12, 2016

What Is a California Flexible Purpose Corporation?

Last week we focused on the “Benefit Corporation.” This week, I want to discuss the “Flex-C” or Flexible Purpose Corporation which was signed into California law at the same time as the Benefit Corporation, during October 2011. While these corporate structures have been around for a few years now, they […]
September 12, 2016

Should Your Fashion or Cosmetics Business Become a “B Corp?”

Last week a close friend of mine asked me about “B Corps.” His question made me realize that few entrepreneurs know about this option when they are forming a company. This blog is intended to give you the basics of a B Corp, but if you are seriously considering creating […]
September 12, 2016

How Rights of Publicity Affect Fashion Companies

Last week, I gave an overview presentation on legal issues of online marketing to the members of the San Francisco Fashion & Merchant Alliance. The presentation covered a variety of topics, but the one that seemed to inspire the most questions was “rights of publicity.” I’m hoping this blog will […]