Fashion & Retail Law
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A Dedicated Fashion & Retail Practice
Arent Fox has the largest fashion and retail legal group of any major US firm. Our team advises fashion and design houses, apparel manufacturers and retailers, and luxury goods companies. Our fashion attorneys act as outside general counsel and regulatory and retail counsel for a number of well-known designer brands such as Diane von Furstenberg, Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Lacoste, Hugo Boss, Diesel, Fila, Marni, YSL, Balenciaga, Benetton, Escada, and Victoria's Secret.
Our fashion lawyers provide counsel on all aspects of the fashion business and at every phase of a product’s lifecycle, beginning with the creation of a design and continuing through to the implementation of individually tailored strategies that further the goals of our clients and help them protect, grow, and utilize their specialty brands.
In-House Understanding of the Fashion & Luxury Goods Markets
In an increasingly globalized and Internet-based world, designers and retailers of fashion and luxury products face unique challenges, making it especially important to retain versatile legal counsel who understand the issues specific to this fast-paced and constantly evolving industry. Arent Fox has extensive experience in the areas of retail and online distribution, branding, labeling, and advertising as well as licensing, anti-counterfeiting, grey market goods, and compliance with import/export and customs requirements. We represent clients in complex commercial and employment litigation and disputes, including defense of class actions. We also advise on business formation and structuring, joint ventures and franchise relationships, and mergers and acquisitions. Additionally, we counsel clients in the areas of executive compensation, employee benefits, compliance with employment and labor laws as well as real estate and retail leasing.
Fashion Law for Every Style of Issue
Our attorneys have represented some of the most famous names in the industry including Benetton, Geox, Peek & Cloppenburg, Camper, LVMH, BCBG, Max Mara, Escada, YSL, Balenciaga, Maison Margiela, Viktor & Rolf, Dsquared2, JOSEPH, The Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM), Personal Care Products Council, and Jimmy Choo. We combine intellectual property skill and experience with broad capabilities in the retail, real estate, corporate, and commercial law areas to design individually tailored strategies to further the goals of our clients and help them protect, grow, and utilize their specialty brands.
While many law firms represent fashion and luxury brand companies, Arent Fox is one of the few firms that focuses on assisting these companies in all of their daily legal needs.