« On Location
[28 Sep 2011 | No Comment]
Must Have: Philadelphia Fashion

 
 
The recently completed, Philadelphia Collection was a series of fashion-focused events spanning over 12 days (9/12-9/24). Sponsored by a number of corporations ( Macy’s, Four Seasons, The Art Institute just to name a few) the Collection united several fashion/style professionals together from across the city to promote their hometown as an epicenter of fashion and commerce. The main event of the Collection was Philly Fashion Week. Understanding that buyers needed to be given first look at the designers lines, PFW strategically kicked off their showcase with a Clothing and Accessories …

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« Entertainment Law
[22 Sep 2011 | No Comment]
Aston Martin Music harms Car Brand

 
 
Aston Martin must protect its brand name from Rick Ross’s hit single “Aston Martin Music” (music video seen below). The high end automobile manufacturer’s image of luxury sports cars is usually depicted in upscale show rooms and 007 films. However, Rick Ross’s song has made the exclusive car a now tacky pimpmobile.  Even though High end cars and hip hop go hand in hand, Rick Ross took the relationship to an unprecedented level. He not only named his song after the manufacturer, he demonstrated it as a vehicle to accommodate drug dealing, transport narcotics and  invite Porno …

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« On Location
[16 Sep 2011 | One Comment]
Return & New York Fashion Week

After a long hiatus, it’s time to get Fame Appeal back up and running. My last entry was back in May 2011, since then I have been busy wrapping up law school, dealing with bar exam, and relocating myself to Philadelphia. In the mean time Fame Appeal was operated by some great interns to whom I give many thanks. Stay tuned for new legal articles, interviews and style hints for men and women. I recently came back from NY fashion week here are some snapshots from my time there!
 

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« Fashion Law
[15 Jul 2011 | 3 Comments]
YSL Seeing Red

The legal battle over whether YSL infringed on Louboutin’s red sole mark continues. On Wednesday YSL answered Louboutin’s complaint seeking a preliminary injunction. The issue stems from YSL’s red pump with a red sole, which CL argues infringes upon it’s red-sole trademark obtained in 2008. Next Friday’s hearing will determine whether or not stores can continue to sell YSL’s red pump. See original complaint here.
In it’s answer YSL, claims Louboutin can’t show irreparable harm or consumer confusion, which is important in obtaining the injunction. In addition YSL has filed its …

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« Fashion and Business
[11 Jul 2011 | No Comment]
Internet SalesTax Unconstitutional?

California Governor signed legislation to require out-of-state internet sales companies to collect and pay state sales taxes.  The bill expands the definition of a company having physical presence in the state and now includes companies with subsidiaries in California or business relationships that refer potential customers.
While the bill is a way to generate revenue and reduce state budget deficits, it is a job killer for large internet sales companies–as giants like Amazon and Overstock threaten end their physical presence in CA. Also many smaller businesses often operating out of one’s home …

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« Entertainment Law
[5 Jul 2011 | No Comment]
Abercrombie’s Woes

Abercrombie and Fitch has always been known for their sexually charged suggestive themes, that’s old news. So is their ability to strike a racial chord, most notably their 2002 t-shirts that had the slogan “Wong Brothers Laundry Service – two Wongs can make it white” and “Abercrombie & Fitch Buddha bash – get your Buddha on the floor.”  These actions have led many to question how they plan to continue marketing products in a world where the dynamics of race are rapidly changing.
Apparently, Abercrombie is singing the same tune again. …

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« Fashion Law
[28 Jun 2011 | No Comment]
Richemont continues the fight against e-commerce counterfeits

Compagnie Financière Richemont (owner of brands Chloé and Montblanc) filed suit against Tradekey.com. Richemont is alleging Tradekey, a Pakistan based company, knowingly sold counterfeit replicas of the plaintiffs’ products through unauthorized sellers, manufacturers, suppliers and distributors. Tradekey, believed to be one of the largest business-to-business global marketplace e-commerce sites, was founded six years ago, and sells goods in over 240 countries.
Plaintiff claims Tradekey not only helps manage listings by counterfeiters–editing postings and removing the term “replica” from their title, but it also provides search engine optimization services to its members …

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