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Join us to debate the future of design protection post-Brexit

The UK has a thriving fashion industry and is seen as a creative leader. Sadly, one of the unintended consequences of Brexit will be a diminution in the legal protection afforded to fashion designs, putting the UK at a competitive disadvantage to its continental neighbours. Currently, a new design (whether for an image, brand logo […]
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Ocean plastic products: progress or PR?

Continuing with last post’s environmental theme, Fashionista is now taking a closer look at the retail industry’s relationship with plastic. Whilst cleaning up the world’s oceans may not seem high on the fashion industry’s agenda, many eco brands have taken to using recycled plastics, collected from the ocean, as a source of materials for clothes. […]
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Bio fabrication: The Future of Fashion?

The fashion industry has historically been (rather fairly) scrutinised for its negative impact on the environment. Fast fashion and the heavy reliance upon nature mean that the industry produces huge amounts of waste, consumes vast quantities of water and demands more raw materials than are often available. Cotton farming relies heavily on pesticides and water, […]
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Are robots taking over the workforce?

After three decades, Adidas has brought its shoe production back to Germany. The sportswear giant has opened a “Speed Factory” facility in Asbach (or a “Hochgeschwindigkeitsfabrich” for Fashionista’s German speakers), enabling the company to make fully customised shoes at an incredibly fast speed – one pair can be made in approximately five hours. Adidas currently […]
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Mirror Mirror?

As reported in our sister blog, Retail Consigliere, digital mirrors (or smart mirrors) are set to be a key interactive sales tool for retailers to exploit in 2017 and beyond! The digital revolution has fuelled an increased trend for online and mobile shopping, leaving retailers with the challenge of reviving their physical stores to retain […]
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eBay’s move to encourage luxury fashion sales online

What is the essential function of a brand? As any IP lawyer will tell you, it is to reassure you of the origin of the product. With this in mind, online marketplace eBay has launched a new service aimed at stamping out fake high-end fashion on its website – with a surprising twist. Brand-new eBay Authenticate […]
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Why the right Christmas campaign should be top of every retailer’s wish list

It is that time of year again when retailers go head-to-head in the Christmas advertising arena and this year they are not holding back, with advertising expenditure set to reach £5.6 billion (£300 million more than last year). This may seem strange in a post-Brexit landscape in which retailers have had to review their advertising […]
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American Apparel: the final chapter?

Executives at American Apparel have recently filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the second time in 13 months.  The bankruptcy of American Apparel rounds off a tough year for the fashion industry, from the effect of Brexit to the closure of various stores, such as Banana Republic in the UK.  It seems that American […]
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Are you ready for digital receipts?

As Fashionista readers begin their Christmas shopping, they may be faced with the following question: “Would you like us to email you your receipt?”. The list of retailers offering digital receipts, rather than their paper counterparts, is growing rapidly, with the likes of Apple, Debenhams, Topshop and Argos all offering them today. On the face […]
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Are your interns about to get a lot more expensive?

Unpaid internships are rife in the fashion industry and many consider these to be an essential rite of passage to a permanent position. However, this practice may become unlawful under prospective government proposals.  Will this affect your business and, if so, what can you do to manage the impact? Why are unpaid internships a problem? […]
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