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Fashion Law Institute Diary: Event Day 3

10 June 2011 One Comment

 

Today, we took at trip to New York’s Garment District where we visited the CFDA (Council of Fashion Designers of America) Incubator.

The CFDA Incubator program is designed to support the next generation of fashion designers by offering low-cost design studio space, business mentoring, educational seminars, and networking opportunities to the program participants to help grow and sustain the business of the 12 participating tenants over the course of the next two years. The CFDA requires that applicants for the program be somewhat established: applicants must have garnered substantial editorial coverage; have orders from top retailers; be American or have established a primary design business in the United States; and be in business for a minimum of 1.5 years.

We were able to meet Rachel Dooley, a program participant who is a jewelry designer for GEMMA REDUX. Dooley praised the Incubator as a great mentoring program. Because the designers are all in the same building, they can go to one another for questions and advice. While Dooley’s designs were showing up in leading fashion industry publications and appearing on TV and the red carpet, she cautioned designers to be on the lookout for copycats. Dooley, a former IP attorney, noted that although jewelry designs can be protected under current copyright laws, she still has friends and family on the lookout for others stealing her designs.

Check out all the designers participating in the CFDA Incubator program here

 

Danielle Phillips

Fashion Law Contributor

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  • carisha said:

    i love the post. very productive fame appeal, business in New York is a bonus on any day!

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