On this episode of The Laws Style, Fashion Lawyer, Douglas Hand’s guest is storied designer Yeohlee Teng. Yeohlee moved to New York from Malaysia to study fashion at the Parsons School of Design and established her own house, YEOHLEE inc in 1981. Teng discusses the spatial relationship of clothing to its wearer, gender fluid fashion, sustainability, the benefits of having a storefront, and current challenges with the New York City Garment District.
Partner and head of litigation at HBA, Adam Michaels, was recently featured in a Women’s Wear Daily news article, weighing in on Michael Avenatti’s alleged plan to extort Nike for upwards of $20 million.
“Certainly it’s on the radar not only of law enforcement but of enterprising and aggressive attorneys and also the public consciousness,” said Adam Michaels, a partner at Hand Baldachin & Associates LLP, who heads the firm’s litigation practice. “If any other companies have any suspicion that people acting on their behalf are engaging in similar behavior, they have an opportunity to suss out the misconduct before other people do it for them.”
You can access the article online using this link: https://wwd.com/business-news/legal/nike-michael-avenatti-extortion-basketball-lawyer-1203091881/
On this episode of The Laws of Style, Fashion Lawyer Douglas Hand, sits down with Daniel Doguff, the Founder of CFDA Incubator and menswear brand D Dugoff, and the current CEO of the gay friendly men’s swimwear line HOMOCO. Daniel shares his penchant for architecture, experiences with Marc Jacobs, and his thoughts on the current state of fashion, the DTC model, and what’s in store for unisex brands of the future.
Hosted by Cardozo’s FAME Center for Fashion, Arts, Media and Entertainment law, in conjunction with the Fashion Law Society, Cardozo’s Fashion Law Symposium event on February 26, 2019 attracted over 165 attendees and included 18 speakers. Attorneys, fashion industry figures and law students joined the Symposium to discuss several pertinent topics in the fashion industry and determine how to address these topics from a legal perspective.
Following the topic of wearable tech, Douglas Hand moderated the 3rd panel of the day, dedicated to the Retail Revolution and how to utilize real estate in the digital age of shopping. One of the most influential lawyers in the field of fashion, Douglas also sits in the Business Advisory Committee of the CFDA and is an adjunct professor of Fashion Law at NYU School of Law and Cardozo School of Law.Can the stores win back the allegiance of customers by a tech revolution led by smart mirrors and connected dressing rooms? Can online shopping provide an answer to the famous try-before-you-buy weapon?
With leaders of the front lines of fashion law, panelists Scott A. Klion, Of Counsel to HBA in the area of commercial leasing, Maryann Lawrence, Associate General Counsel at Chanel and Rory Tahari, Founder of the State of Mind Partners, discussed how to capture the customer of the future.
The panel began with one of the main concerns of the fashion and retail industry, the closing of stores and malls everywhere across the country and the stores struggling to compete with online retailers. “We don’t look at stores as a profit center but as a marketing expense,” explained Rory Tahari. Her insight as director of Elie Tahari, Ltd. for 20 years, with stores located throughout the world foresees the end of the typical provisions in leases and rental agreements. For most landlords, the 10 year regular lease agreement is now becoming shorter and shorter as only a limited amount of brands are able to commit themselves to these agreements.
However, according to Maryann Lawrence, the success and the visibility of a luxury brand like Chanel benefits from an incredible leverage when negotiating a lease with landlords.
As previous Associate General Counsel for Tiffany & Co., Scott Kilon agreed with Lawrence’s analysis, adding that a landlord needs these brands in order to increase the value of the mall or the shopping area. In sum, retail is not dead. In order to revitalize an area of a city, stores are still installed as a way to attract customer traffic.
In addition, customers will always enjoy the physical experience of shopping. A customer buying at Chanel enjoys the “human touch” given by the sales persons and the luxury service of being able to have a cocktail in the salon whilst shopping. The shopping experience in a luxury brand like Chanel has to be “fluid but thoughtful,” added Lawrence.
“You have to have a real point of view, something that is distinctively different than what else is out there.” – Eric Jennings
On this episode of The Laws of Style, Fashion Lawyer Douglas Hand sits down with fashion industry veterans Eric Jennings (“EJ”) and Erik Ulin of E2 Consulting, a brand management firm that works with brands to establish and sustain success in the fashion industry. READ MORE
Partner Douglas Hand offers his expertise in a WWD article about Off-White’s suit against children’s apparel company Brooklyn Lighthouse for trademark infringement. Check it out below!
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Partner Douglas Hand weighs in on the trademark battle over Levi Strauss and their signature tab on the back of jeans in a new piece featured in Women’s Wear Daily.
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“When we come out with a new product, the drop is covered in Town & Country and on Highsnobiety in the same week, and that’s exactly how we want it.” – Jack Carlson, Founder & Creative Director, Rowing Blazers
On this episode of The Laws of Style, Fashion Lawyer Douglas Hand sits down with designer, archaeologist, and US Team rower Jack Carlson, the Renaissance man behind the exciting new label, Rowing Blazers. Jack and Douglas discuss Jack’s experience as a Bronze Medal winning U.S. Men’s National rower, obtaining a doctorate in archaeology from Oxford University, and how these experiences have inspired his design.
Jack also provides a glance into his day-to-day at Rowing Blazers, discusses how he’s been able to tap into both the traditional menswear and streetwear markets, details upcoming Rowing Blazer’s collabarations, and much more.
Jacket – Rowing Blazers Gun Club Tweed
Shirt – Rowing Blazers Handmade 12 Gauge England-Wales 1923 Rugby
Pants – Vintage Ralph Lauren chinos
Shoes – White Adidas Superstar
Watch – Vintage 1971 Seiko
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