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Re:Fashion – Legal Issues in the Circular Economy

Re:Fashion in pink circle around Legal Issues in the Circular Economy

Resell. Recycle. Rent. The growing circular economy of fashion can extend the lifecycle of apparel and accessories, but the market innovations that are changing the way we wear are also raising new legal issues. Are there limits on using trademarks to advertise secondary market sales? Do post-consumer products raise consumer safety concerns? Is there a legal downside to upcycling? Join companies and counsel considering these questions and more at our upcoming Fashion Law Institute panel, "Re:Fashion - Legal Issues in the Circular Economy."

DATE: Thursday, October 25, 2018
TIME: 6:00-7:15pm (reception 5:30pm)
PLACE: Bateman Room, 2nd Floor, Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street
NYS CLE: 1.5 hours professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Julie Golden, ADAY
  • John Maltbie and Jana Checa Chong, Louis Vuitton
  • Allyson Tenney, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission 
  • Sonia Valdez, eBay
  • Gail Wheeler, Hermès

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT AND REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

If you have not registered and are a member of the media (with credentials) planning to cover this event, please email us at events@fashionlawinstitute.com.

Anniversary Event – September 7!

Know Your Faux event - magnifying glass enlarging subtitle, "New Tactics & Tech for Fighting Fakes"

Brand protection in the fashion industry relies not only on sharp legal skills but also on cutting-edge technological measures that can distinguish real from fake, track products through the supply chain, catch counterfeiters, and analyze knockoff merchandise.  Join us during New York Fashion Week for the Fashion Law Institute’s 8th anniversary and an expert discussion of how AI, blockchain, DNA, and other science-based initiatives can help you “Know Your Faux: New Tactics and Tech for Fighting Fakes.”

DATE:  Friday, September 7, 2018
TIME:  9:30-10:45am (breakfast 9am)
LOCATION:  Fordham Law School, 150 W. 62nd Street, NYC (Bateman Room, 2nd floor)
CLE:  1.5 New York State CLE credits, professional practice, transitional and non-transitional

Speakers include:

  • Joseph Giblin, Foreign Service Officer, U.S. Department of State
  • Catherine Malkova, Innovation Labs Leader, Global Business Services North America, IBM
  • Derek Morales, Brand Protection Counsel, Ralph Lauren
  • Clay Shorrock, General and Intellectual Property Counsel, Applied DNA Sciences
  • Vidyuth Srinivasan, Co-Founder and CEO, Entrupy

Fashion Law Institute at Comic-Con!

Graphic with three diamond-shaped superhero shields, each respectively with Native American sun design, Tao image, and Africa with green-yellow-red stripes

The Fashion Law Institute returns to San Diego for five panels on fashion law and pop culture! Professor Susan Scafidi and Associate Director will be part of panels including leading designers, such as Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein and Black Panther jewelry designer Douriean Fletcher; Fashion Law Bootcamp alum and Geekfold founder Lisa Granshaw, and other industry professionals for discussions of the legal side of key issues in geek culture today.

The panels:

Comics, Costumes, and Cultural Appropriation
Modern comics, animation, and related media exhibit an unprecedented degree of diverse representation, but they also raise serious questions about cultural appropriation. Must creators color within the lines of their own heritage? Is wearing a Black Panther costume problematic for anyone not of African descent? Does using folklore or cultural imagery require asking permission from source communities-or even paying them royalties? Jeff Trexler (Fordham School of Law, Fashion Law Institute), Susan Scafidi (Who Owns Culture? Appropriation and Authenticity in American Law), Douriean Fletcher (Douriean.com; specialty jeweler, Black Panther), and Joseph P. Illidge (Valiant) discuss the history, theory, and ethics of comics and cultural exchange.

Careers in Geek Fashion
Geek fashion is an industry that continues to grow each year, and you don’t have to be a designer to work in it. Panelists talk about the career paths available in geek fashion, looking at the jobs within and outside of fashion companies. Moderated by Lisa Granshaw (GeekFold), panelists Sarah Buzby (Ubisoft), Allison Cimino (RockLove Jewelry), Catherine Elhoffer (Elhoffer Design), Jeff Trexler (Fashion Law Institute), and WinterArtwork will discuss their careers and the ways people can work in the industry. There will be a Q&A so panelists can answer any career questions you might have.

The Her Universe Workshop
Want to get in to the business of geek fashion? Calling all designers, artists, lawyers, and entrepreneurs. Founder of Her Universe Ashley Eckstein takes a deep dive into the business behind some of your favorite brands. Joining Ashley will be Trevor Schultz, founder of Loungefly; Cindy Levitt, SVP of licensing/Hot Topic; Theresa Mercado, VP of product development/Hot Topic and Professor Susan Scafidi, founder and director of the Fashion Law Institute at Fordham Law School.

Publishers Weekly: Crowdfunding Ethics and Evolution
Crowdfunding has become an established method of publishing, but as it has grown, questions about how to use it have arisen. What’s the right thing to do when a Kickstarter goes wrong? What’s the next step in crowdfunding? What’s the future of Patreon and Drip? Calvin Reid, Kel McDonald (Sorcery 101), Josh O’Neil (Beehive Press), attorney Jeff Trexler, and Camilla Zhang (Kickstarter) discuss legal and ethical issues in crowdfunding and the latest trends.

“Crazy” Together: The Future of Mental Health and Pop Culture
Mental health is everywhere you look in pop culture. From the Upside Down to the MCU, entertainment media depictions of mental health are increasingly common. But while Stranger Things and Jessica Jones help to normalize mental health challenges, some inaccurate and stigmatizing portrayals persist. How do we further encourage diversity and sensitivity without stifling creativity? Felicia D. Henderson (The Punisher TV series; Teen Titans) will discuss how depictions of trauma and PTSD inform the characterization of Frank Castle. Joseph D. Reitman (Happy! TV series) will talk about his approach to making his character Very Bad Santa more than just a two-dimensional villain. Should the entertainment industry be concerned about how their properties represent mental illness? Vasilis K. Pozios, M.D., (Broadcast Thought, All We Ever Wanted) discusses some of his successes and struggles as a forensic psychiatrist advocating for more accurate and less stigmatizing mental health media representation. Jeff Trexler (The Beat, The Comics Journal) will contextualize the discussion and encourage the audience to become more mindful consumers of mental-health-themed media. Moderated by Susan Karlin (Fast Company), this panel will encourage creators, clinicians, and fans to get “crazy” together, shaping the future of mental health and pop culture.

Comics, Costumes, and Cultural Appropriation

Graphic with three diamond-shaped superhero shields, each respectively with Native American sun design, Tao image, and Africa with green-yellow-red stripes

Join us at Comic-Con in San Diego for a panel with Douriean Fletcher, the specialty jewelry designer for Black Panther, and Joseph P. Illidge, Executive Editor at Valiant!

Theme: Comics, Culture, and Cultural Appropriation
Time: Thursday, July 19, from 12-1pm.
Place: Room 26AB, Convention Center
Panelists:

Modern comics, animation, and related media exhibit an unprecedented degree of diverse representation, but they also raise compelling questions about culture and inspiration:

  • How are today’s cutting-edge designers making global culture a vital part of their work?
  • Must creators color within the lines of their own heritage?
  • Is wearing a Black Panther costume problematic for anyone not of African descent?
  • Does using folklore or cultural imagery require asking permission from source communities-or even paying them royalties?

From creative expression to cosplay and commerce, this panel will discuss the styles, history, theory, and ethics of comics and cultural exchange!

Symposium Highlights and Photos!

Professor Scafidi and guests at our 8th annual symposium

Thanks to all of our amazing panelists, attendees, and student volunteers for another successful symposium! We learned about the latest in fashion tax and tech, new developments in legal and industry reform aimed at curbing sexual harassment, and cutting-edge strategies in the worlds of streetwear and social media. For highlights from the panels, check out these write-ups from the Fashion Innovation Alliance, Geekfold, and Lookonline.com, and The Fashion Law Chronicles — and we have a photo album up at our Facebook page.

And be sure to save the date for our 9th annual symposium: April 12, 2019!

Student volunteers and Professor Scafidi at the registration desk for the 8th annual symposium

Watch this space!

It was wonderful to see so many of you at last week’s 8th annual symposium — photos and more will be posted here soon!