I continue to receive many inquiries from law students and practitioners alike wondering what fashion law is all about and how to become a fashion lawyer. I have discussed what fashion law is in prior articles. However, I thought to share some books that I believe do a decent job of introducing both law students and legal practitioners to the field of fashion law.
1. Fashion Law: A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives, and Attorneys [Paperback]
This is a pretty straight forward and very easy to read book . Like the rest of the books below, it is the result of the collaborative efforts of various practitioners who represent fashion industry clients. It covers intellectual property issues, commercial operations and expansion, selling and buying: commercial agreements in the fashion sector, employment law issues in fashion, marketing, advertising and promotion, retail leasing for fashion, international development of the fashion business and import and customs issues in fashion. There is a new edition but I am yet to read it.
2. Navigating Fashion Law: Leading Lawyers on Exploring the Trends, Cases, and Strategies of Fashion Law (Inside the Minds)
This is a good book as well. I like it a bit more than the aforementioned only because it was a bit more indepth and selling point for me as a practitioner is that it referenced a lot more cases. I particularly enjoyed the chapter by my fashion law colleague Charles E. Colman titled “An Overview o Intellectual Property Issues Relevant to the Fashion Industry. ” There is something for everyone and it is worth having in your personal law library.
3. Fashion Law and Business: Brands & Retailers
For legal practitioners, this is a well written and quite detailed treatise. I think it is probably the strongest of all of the books I have read, so far, on Fashion Law, even though I amy yet to complete the 847 pages. Upon completion, I will give you my final verdict.
4. The American Bar Association’s Legal Guide to Fashion Design
I love this book because it was written with a focus on fashion industry practitioners, not the lawyers or law students. It is important for both lawyers and law students to have a strong understanding of the fashion industry. To do so, you must view fashion from the lens of the professionals you want to or intend to serve. I find that many lawyers looking to enter the industry, lack the background and/or the necessary understanding of the fashion industry, especially from the potential client’s perspective. There is no easy away out. You already know the law. Now immerse yourself in the fashion industry and know it inside and out if you will represent its professionals.