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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 […]
September 12, 2016

Importing Furs, Leathers, Wool, & Ivory

I have a confession. I struggled a bit with writing this article. I am an advocate for animal rights, and am concerned about how the food and fashion industries treat animals as commodities.  That in mind, I do think this is an intriguing area of law.  I wanted to share […]
September 12, 2016

7 Topics to Discuss When Hiring a Model

After starting a fashion company, some of my clients recruit their beautiful friends as models for early photo shoots. While it is lovely to work with friends, at some point, you may want to work with professional models. These questions are meant to help you with that first hiring discussion. […]
September 12, 2016

Fashion Bloggers: Be Aware of These 5 Legal Issues

If you are just starting a fashion blog and are unsure what legal issues may arise, this blog will give if you an overview of five common issues that fashion bloggers face. Please keep in mind that each topic is quite complex and there are several other issues that may […]
September 12, 2016

Children’s Wear & Consumer Product Safety Commission Regulations

Last week I was visiting my newborn nephew. His closet is full of tiny adorable clothing, and I was having the best time playing stylist. As I hold those little outfits in my hands, my mind drifts to all the regulations governing the creation of children’s wear. If you are […]
September 12, 2016

Quality Assurance Tests for Apparel Manufacturing Agreements

Having a quality assurance system in place with your manufacturer is essential for setting expectations. Many new fashion companies know that they want the quality to meet a certain threshold, but they aren’t sure how to articulate through a contract.these expectations to the manufacturer  To do this successfully, both parties […]
September 12, 2016

Negotiating a Pop-Up Shop Lease

Pop-up shops (a temporary rental of a commercial space), have become a popular way for fashion startups to show off their products and to test a market before committing to a long term retail space. Many pop-up shops in San Francisco and Los Angeles include a social element, such as […]