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September 12, 2016

Manufacturing Clothing or Accessories in California? You Need a Garment Registration Certificate.

Last Wednesday, I had the privilege of attending a PeoplewearSF event where Lana Hogue, the Operations Manager at Betabrand, spoke about the enforcement of garment manufacturing certificates, which are to be filed with the Labor Commissioner of California. Here’s the major takeaway from the presentation: Most new apparel or accessory […]
September 12, 2016

The Fine Print: Setting Up Your Terms & Conditions for Online Sales

These days, online commerce is essential. As fashion entrepreneurs set up their new online shops, they often ask what should be included in their terms & conditions for  sales. For these terms, it is important to place yourself in the mindset of the consumer. What are things that you would […]
September 12, 2016

When Working with Designers As Independent Contractors

Sometimes, the founders of a fashion startup are better at maintaining business affairs than the creative design process. For these clients, we find ourselves helping to contract out the design process. When working with designers as independent contractors, here are some topics to discuss with the designers and to cover […]
September 12, 2016

The Legal Challenges of Giveaways

Often, a great marketing campaign includes surprise, anticipation, and customer interaction. Giveaways can be a great way to stir up those attributes, but the details of the giveaway must be worked through carefully into insure compliance with federal and state laws. Because Law On The Runway is located in California, […]
September 12, 2016

Interns: To Pay or Not To Pay

This is a special blog article written by the new Law On The Runway’s intern, Waqas.  In honor of the internship, Waqas has chosen to write about labor laws, specifically relating to interns. At Law On The Runway, we occasionally have clients wanting to hire interns, but with limited startup […]
September 12, 2016

5 Factors for Choosing and Securing a Brand or Company Name

Along with legal issues in the fashion industry, we love to talk about marketing and branding in general. Both of us (Rachel & Maria) studied and worked in the marketing industry prior to becoming attorneys. Together we wrote this article, a trifecta of our professional experience. Please use this article […]
September 12, 2016

Questions to Address Before Manufacturing Overseas

New designers sometimes reach out to Law On The Runway asking whether they should manufacture locally or overseas. While this often more of a business question than a legal question, but we can certainly help you balance the factors of this decision, with a legal perspective. Here’s a few questions […]
September 12, 2016

FTC Regulations of “Native” Advertising: How It Is Applied to Bloggers & Social Media Mavens

One of Law Of Runway’s New Year’s resolutions was to start this blog. We then realized that many other small business owners and fashion icons included blogging into their goals.  Perhaps you trying to promote your products through others’ blogs. Perhaps you are starting or reviving your own fashion or […]
September 12, 2016

Cosmetic Entrepreneurs- Are You Actually Making Drugs?

The beauty industry is straddling three groups defined by the FDA: cosmetics, drugs, and soap. Note that a product can be both a cosmetic and a drug. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) defines cosmetics as  “articles intended to be rubbed, poured, sprinkled, or sprayed on, introduced into, or otherwise […]
September 12, 2016

How to Label Clothing with Electronic Components

Here in San Francisco, many fashion startups are adding electronic components into garments. The addition of electronics has spurred entrepreneurs to ask how they should properly label the garments for retail in the United States. Short Answer: In the United States, There is not much of a difference in the […]