NYC Bar Fashion Law Committee holds its inaugural meeting

Posted by Charles Colman

The newly created Fashion Law Committee at the New York City Bar Association held its inaugural meeting last night, the culmination of a process that began with attorney Charles Colman's petition for the creation of such a committee late last year.  The Committee counts among its members many of the leading fashion law practitioners in New York City, as well as in-house attorneys for internationally known apparel and beauty companies like Estée Lauder, Gilt Groupe, Kenneth Cole, Macy's, Polo Ralph Lauren, and many others.


Guest speaker Barbara Kolsun, General Counsel of Stuart Weitzman and co-editor of the first published guide to the emerging discipline of fashion law, addressed the important niche to be filled by the new Committee, and expressed her hope that it would serve as a forum for an ongoing, high-level discussion of cutting-edge legal issues facing members of the fashion community.


Monica Richman, the Committee's chair, laid out an agenda for the year that included topics as diverse as advertising, marketing, and promotion; intellectual property protection for store interiors; design protection for certain articles of clothing; privacy, security, and other concerns associated with Internet commerce; employment issues of particular concern to the fashion industry; real estate; and developments in anti-counterfeiting.


Charles Colman, who has represented multiple clients in the vegan/eco-fashion space, proposed to address fellow Committee members on the nascent field of "sustainable" or "green" fashion, and will prepare his presentation in collaboration with fellow Committee member Josh Verleun, environmental lawyer and Vice President/Legal Counsel at Between the Sheets.


[This is not an official press release or statement of the New York City Bar Association or any subdivision thereof.]