As we celebrate London Fashion Week Fashionista is pondering whether the same designers will be willing to show in London post Brexit if their designs will not be protected by the Community unregistered design rights? Fashionista’s legal friends at Olswang have explained that the current legal framework which protects UK creativity and enables new designs […]

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Here at Fashionista, we’ve regularly commented on the developments within the wearable tech sphere. Wearable tech has previously focused on fitness devices and jewellery, but has recently enjoyed an exciting new development, thanks to the smart “DuoSkin” tattoos created by MIT and Microsoft. These smart tattoos create an interface between a wearer’s device and the […]

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August 23rd, 2016

Home of the Espadrille!

Fashionista‘s colleague Yvonne Onomor has been enjoying wearing summer’s most comfortable of shoes, the espadrille, and has discovered that the “espadrille” originated, not from Spain, but from the Basque country on the French side of the border.  A region aptly named “Soule” of which the main capital is Mauléon-Licharre. Global recognition of this fact, however, […]

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Fashionista has learnt that on 25 May 2016, the UK Competition and Markets Authority (“CMA“) announced that a statement of objections has been sent to five model agencies and their trade association, the Association of Model Agents (“AMA“), alleging coordination on fees paid by their customers, including high street chains, online fashion retailers and consumer […]

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February 15th, 2016

When is a copycat a parody?

A recent case in New York has considered whether canvas tote bags that included copies of Louis Vuitton’s trade marks and designs infringed their IP rights, as reported by TechDirt. The defendant in the case, My Other Bag, Inc. (“MOB”) sells bags that have the text “My Other Bag …” on one side and drawings […]

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While there has been lots of talk about the opportunities afforded by wearable tech, the only commercial success to date has been Apple’s Watch. Perhaps this is because there are not many players who have the necessary expertise in both the creative and technical disciplines to produce a “smart” product that is also beautiful . […]

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June 26th, 2015

e, m, s …

It is not so long ago we graduated from traditional bricks and mortars shopping to the brave new world of e-commerce. Many, myself included, thought it would never catch on. Clearly, I am more than happy to admit, I was very wrong. Over the years, a growing majority of my shopping has been done online […]

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Fashionista has been reading a recent decision about a two stripe trade mark on sports shoes.  The case concerned an application for a Community trade mark, a position mark, consisting of “two parallel lines positioned on the outside surface of the upper part of a shoe…the parallel lines run from the sole edge of a […]

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On Tuesday Fashionista was fortunate to attend a workshop hosted by her friends at Olswang for businesses on the Centre for Fashion Enterprise’s Front Row FashTech incubation programme. Having led the fledgling entrepreneurs though some key issues around creation and protection of IP rights and hints when negotiating commercial agreements, the participating businesses were given […]

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