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COVID-19: the top three questions fashion employers are being asked

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As the Coronavirus situation develops, many fashion businesses are dealing with the unique challenges it presents in relation to managing their staff. Given the increasing number of cases in the UK, employers are understandably wanting to know more about...

Pricing and the online channel

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Brand owners are often concerned about how their brands are sold online. What are the issues and what can brand owners do about them? The commercial issue The continued rise in online sales has fundamentally changed the retail landscape for brand...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, February 2020

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Risk of criminal liability when acting as a distributor Distributors are key parties in the supply chain. But the actions of their customers and suppliers as well as their own actions can give rise to criminal liability if as a result of such actions tax...

Fashion designers now have more protection against copying

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Edinburgh Woollen Mill has infringed the copyright in the fabric for a lady's top according to a judgment given by the High Court at the end of January in a case brought by Response Clothing.  (Wave fabric top)    (Wave fabric)...

Suppliers supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, January 2020

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Using a distributor – commit a criminal offence! Could you commit a criminal offence for something done by your distributor? The answer, scarily, is “yes”. Where your distributor acting in that capacity (that is, as your distributor)...

Liverpool FC and New Balance in the High Court over a different type of match (clause)

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Matching clauses have attracted a lot of press coverage lately, with Rangers Football Club and Sports Direct in 2018 and more recently with Liverpool Football Club and, its current kit manufacturer, New Balance. So, what are matching clauses and what...

Cookies - what do online fashion retailers have to do to comply?

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(and why your social media targeting may be unlawful) When a consumer views some clothing on your website, will they see it on their newsfeed next time they log in to their Facebook or Instagram account? If so, do you know whether you are complying with...

Supplier supply and distributors distribute - a regular blog, December 2019

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Why the dog should wag the tail As a supplier how important is your name or brand?  The answer which is invariably given by most suppliers is that it is extremely important.  Name or brand – they mark you out from your competitors. ...

Stephen Sidkin article featured in Drapers investigation: Do Nike and Adidas hold too much power?

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Drapers investigates the dominance of Nike and Adidas in the sportswear industry as they both shift toward direct-to-consumer strategies. Stephen Sidkin's article Is it legal? features within the report. Please click here to read the full...

Experiential retailing - issues for landlords and fashion brands

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Is an increase in ’give and take’ between landlords and retailers on the near horizon? Is experiential retail the way forward for retail landlords and fashion brands alike given the inexorable power of the online channel? If so, what are the...

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