Fashion Law (noun) – is a specialized area of law that deals with intellectual property (copyright and trademark law, including brand licensing), domestic and international business transactions, textiles, merchandising, employment and labor concerns, and customs (import/export issues).*
Fashion Law Week (FLW) is an annual weeklong symposium that focuses on emerging legal issues facing the fashion community today. Fashion is $42 billion industry in the United States. With such a financially robust industry, fashion houses have begun to understand the importance of legal expertise within their businesses, and as a result, “Fashion Law” is becoming a more respected legal specialization.
The brainchild of Howard University School of Law alumna, Candace Key, Fashion Law Week offers innovative programming for attorneys, academics, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and fashion aficionados which provides an open forum for discussion with pioneers who are shaping Fashion Law, both within the United States and internationally. Fashion Law Week is the first and only week in the nation devoted to educating the community about the field of Fashion Law.
Following the theme, “FASHION TECH: The Law of Fashion in a Digital Marketplace,” the Fashion Law Week 2014 programs will introduce participants to the substantive legal issues surrounding wearable technology , 3D printing, online fashion retailers and fashion tech startups.