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J. Crew jacking UP Lower East Side

Poor J. Crew, what’s it going to do? It is a company struggling to separate itself from Banana Republic and Urban Outfitters and now it is also looking for new ownership.  J. Crew says that their sales have dropped because of nervous shoppers and competitors offering larger discounts.
More interestingly though is a recently filed lawsuit against J. Crew for trademark infringement. Robert G. Lopez is the owner of the “LOWER EAST SIDE” trademark. His clothing line called, L.E.S. Clothing co, manufacturers t-shirts and sweaters for customers looking for an urban chic look in the New York area. …

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Top 10 Posts for 2010

Here are the top 10 Fame Appeal posts for 2010.

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[18 Nov 2010 | One Comment ]
Givenchy v BCBG Max Azria Group

When luxury brands witness that another is copying their trade dress,  I can’t imagine how fustrated they feel. The countless hours a company invests to release a product only to be slapped in the face by a competitor. (But that’s why we have lawers!)  Recently, Givenchy has filed a lawsuit against BCBG Max Azria, (Givenchy S.A. v. BCBG Max Azria Group, Inc.) for copying their handbag designs, designing almost identical lining and stitching on their products. Of course, anyone would be perturbed if someone tried to copy a design that they originated. In …

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[11 Oct 2010 | 4 Comments ]
Fame Appeal Breaks the Law

On October 8th Fame Appeal was forced to take down the article titled “Copyrighting Fashion Almost!” I received an e-mail from Arnold and Porter LLP law firm, demanding removal of this article because author, Lou Ederer, had an “exclusivity agreement” with its publisher Lexis Nexis. As you might recall the article was abou the Innovative Design Protection and Privacy Protection Act, and as  a FashionDesigner/Law Student this act hits close to home.
Usually, we try to write our own articles on , however when we reproduce an article on FameAppeal.com we …

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[26 Sep 2010 | One Comment ]
Chanel Gets Literal

As Fall steadily approaches, so does the excitement of Fall fashion. Each designer brand is poised to present their new line and add another layer of gloss to their reputable names. So while many brands have focused on putting their name in the public eye, Chanel has taken the opportunity to remind the fashion industry how they already stand out. Chanel has taken their name to the next level by placing ads that hint at possible legal action for using their name in any way to describe something that in …

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[14 Sep 2010 | No Comment ]
JCPenney serves Mango! Watch out Forever 21!

My jaw dropped when I read in the Wall Street Journal that JCPenney is going to introduce a MANGO line in their stores. JCPenny has learned from Forever 21’s success but has raised the ante. For those of you who are not familiar with Mango. Its a very fashionable line of clothing that promotes a hip yet classy sexy look. Nothing at forever 21 or Target for that matter will be able to match MNG.
Check out MANGO here
Instead of going the low price-low quality route, they plan to offer MNG …

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[3 Sep 2010 | One Comment ]
Copyrighting Fashion: Who Gains?

The Private Interest in Public Laws
By Kal Raustiala and Chris Sprigman

American law does not prohibit copying fashion designs. Paradoxically, the payoff from free copying has been enormous. Copying helps set trends (you can’t know it’s a trend until it’s been copied) and then helps destroy them – once a design has been widely copied, the fashion-forward hop on to the next new thing. This is the familiar fashion cycle. What’s less obvious is that the absence of copyright makes the process possible. The fashion cycle turns faster, and the industry …

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[24 Aug 2010 | One Comment ]
American Apparel Stretched too thin?

Unisex underwear for men? Dev Charney CEO of American Apparel has run wild with risque adverts in an LGBT friendly fashion scene. The problem is that even though AA is one of the most visited clothing websites in America they have lost thier financial grip and in danger of going out of business.   American Apparel has expanded exponentially throughout the past decade, with a loyal customer base that may be “growing” out of the fad I think the cliquish boutique could go bankrupt unless they expand their customer base.
Quick history …

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[11 Aug 2010 | No Comment ]
FBH – Philadelphia Fashion Week Fall 2010

Jumping out of a taxi, I see one model after another walking towards a tall unnamed brick building.  Am I in the right spot, little did I know that in this weathered commercial space, serious professional activities were taking place.  I interviewed two budding entrepreneurs in their 20’s who dream of taking their unique take on fashion to the runways across the world. Kevin Parker (co-founder of FBH) and Sherwin Raven (publicist) candidly talked to me about FBH modeling agency and their presentation of Philly Fashion Week Fall 2010.
What is Philadelphia Fashion …

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[4 Aug 2010 | One Comment ]

I want to start my own clothing company?
So much ingenuity and ambition however the technical side usually stumps most of us. The following is a list of business and legal topics/terms one should keep while operating an apparel based business.
1. How to Brands survive Retail either e-commerce or in-store
2. Changing consumer dynamics
3. Cultural trends and fashion
4. The shifting powers

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