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Buy now, pay later - the financial services issue for fashion

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Encouraging consumers to buy means for some retailers and brands finding ways to enable them to pay. So, as the demand for “buy now, pay later” continues to rise, particularly amongst younger consumers, the industry must consider more...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Taking over distribution There can be various reasons for a supplier to want to take over distribution from its existing distributor although usually these fall in to two broad categories – money and service. Take the situation where the...

Trade mark problems for leading sports brands

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Adidas and Nike. Rivals in sportswear. But now both face significant trade mark problems within a few hours of each other.  Earlier this week the EU General Court gave judgment invalidating Adidas’ signature three-stripe trade mark. Meanwhile,...

Digital concessions - how brands can take back control

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Digital concessions can provide the answer to the question that has troubled brands for many years: how to cope with the growth of the online channel that has led to a loss of control over distribution, and in particular a loss of control over the price and...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Governing law and jurisdiction – the key issues for any distributorship agreement – Part I Following on from my  last blog , playing away from home can have various consequences – some of which may be enjoyable! But being forced to...

Top tips for moves - the poacher's perspective

Parissa Torabi
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Poaching senior hires from competitors is nothing new in the fashion world. The moves of Jigsaw’s chief finance officer, Claire Wain, to Jack Wills and Liz Evans, the chief executive of Oasis and Warehouse to Fat Face, are two recent examples. It can...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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What should be the role of the distributorship agreement? This may appear a strange question to ask. But there can be confusion between the distributorship agreement which serves as an umbrella agreement between supplier and distributor under which the...

EU Commission vs Nike - FT Score: Nike fined EUR 12.5 million

Emma Roake
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The EU Commission yesterday announced that it has imposed a €12.5 million fine on Nike, the world’s largest supplier of athletic shoes and apparel, for falling foul of EU competition law.  The Nike decision follows hot on the heels of the...

Fashion: Is there a need for change?

Stephen Sidkin
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Fashion is a dynamic industry. Its very essence necessitates change and, in turn, challenges to what has been accepted before. But now the questions and legal issues are piling up. The last few weeks have seen Burberry, Gucci, and Katy Perry designs attract...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog

Stephen Sidkin
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Company administrations just keep on coming. Indeed it is difficult to think of an industry sector which has not seen a spike in the number of administrations over the course of the last 12 months. But the administration of a distributor highlights...

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