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Minority Investments in Couture, the Fashionable Trend of Private Equities

Reduced retail revenue and omnipresent debt is causing many fashion companies to tremble in their stilettos; particularly as they watch their stock take a pounding on the market. Conspicuous spending tends to lose its luster as the market plummets and the fashion and luxury sector is being heavily penalized during this economic downturn. A quick recovery seems … Continue Reading

Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008

In August of 2008, President Bush signed into law the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act ("CPSIA") which, among other things, mandated implementation of a certification protocol for all consumer products subject to safety rules under the jurisdiction of the Consumer Product Safety Commission ("CPSC").  Broadly, "consumer products" are defined as any product used in a … Continue Reading

New Children’s Product Safety Lead Testing Requirements Already Having Effect

The Consumer Product Safety Improvements Act ("CPSIA") imposes new requirements on manufacturers, importers and retailers of children’s products beginning February 10, 2009.  The CPSIA defines "children’s products" as a "consumer product designed or intended primarily for children 12 years of age or younger," which includes children’s clothing.  A General Certificate of Conformity (""GCC") is required … Continue Reading

When Red is the Color of the Season: Commercial Property Leases and Bankruptcy

Bankruptcy filings are skyrocketing as more and more companies are going deep into the red.  For retailers or their landlords holding leases in commercial property, there are special considerations to keep in mind.  This post will provide some basic information on the rights of non-debtor tenants and landlords under unexpired non-residential property leases when a … Continue Reading

Strategic Buyers Should Take the Runway in 2009

New fashion trends might not be the only thing to watch coming down the runway as the fashion industry heads into 2009.  The new economic landscape is posing interesting challenges for both fashion brands and those private equity groups that have historically dominated investment in the industry.  With consumer confidence and spending at record lows, … Continue Reading

Reasonable Minds Differ On Whether A Zip Code Is “Personal Identification Information” Under The Song-Beverly Act

Over twenty major retailers have been sued in class action lawsuits in California for allegedly violating the Song-Beverly Credit Card Act.  The claimed offense involves requesting and recording their customers’ zip codes at the point of sale.  The issue is whether a zip code constitutes “personal identification information” as that term is defined under the … Continue Reading

FASHION and CONTEMPORARY ART: an interesting liaison

The liaison between fashion and contemporary art has been continuously growing changing over the years.  Painters, photographers, visual artists, illustrators, performers and creative artists, are commissioned by top luxury brands of fashion and trendy stylists to create new collections, to design their websites, to redesign the concept of their stores, to bring elements of innovation … Continue Reading

Model Of Health Proposed For London Fashion Week

Following the examples of Madrid and Milan, the Independent Model Health Inquiry proposed new rules to ban designers from using models under 16 during London Fashion Week.  The Independent Model Health Inquiry consists of a panel of fashion industry experts appointed by the British Fashion Council to investigate the health of catwalk models, following the … Continue Reading

Zero Tolerance For Size Zero

The concern for anorexic models in the fashion industry gained renewed global prominence after the eating-disorder deaths of two young South American models last year. The controversy over these deaths led Madrid government officials in September to ban models below a certain body-mass index from working on city-sponsored fashion shows. Milan followed with a similar … Continue Reading

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