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It’s Almost Over: From Basics to Billions: How to Launch and Grow a Fashion Brand @LLS_FashionLaw’s Summer Intensive

Posted in The Business of Fashion

Hi everyone. I know I have been quiet the past few days, but I hope you have been enjoying the pictures on facebook and twitter showing what the participants in Loyola Law School’s Fashion Law Project’s Summer Intensive have been up to. It has been an amazing experience getting to know all the participants and I am sure we will all be in contact for years to come.

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Today is #Day8. Tonight’s class will be the culmination of “pod 2″ where the participants become the teachers and get to present their own brand! I am so excited to see what they have come up with. (and you know I will be sharing pictures, so follow along on twitter here or here or on facebook here.)

For those of you who couldn’t join us, the various classes will be available for downloading starting next week. We will also be posting summaries of each day’s activities, so be sure to check back soon.

Enjoy the last day of July! Talk to you soon.

xoxo

Staci

 

From Basics to Billions: How to Launch and Grow a Fashion Brand @LLS_FashionLaw’s Summer Intensive

Posted in Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

I don’t know about you, but this summer has been a whirlwind! I can’t believe that the Fashion Law Project’s Summer Intensive starts this Thursday!

In case you don’t know about the Fashion Law Summer Intensive, it is a Fashion Law “bootcamp,” meaning we provide you with a lot of instruction (29 hours!) over a nine day period. This year, it is titled From Basics to Billions: How to Launch and Grow a Fashion Brand.  We will be presenting a Fashion Law 101 unit, which is a condensed version of the Fashion Law class that is the cornerstone of the Fashion Law Project’s Fashion Law concentration as well as a unit on brand building.  Cool, right?  If you want more details, I have written about the Fashion Law Project’s Fashion Law Summer Intensive here and here.

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So why I am writing about it again, you ask?

Well, everything is all set:

  • presentations submitted;
  • menus planned;
  • field trip confirmed;
  • speakers lined up; and
  • graduation dinner organized.

All that’s left is for you to get here so I can start teaching. I feel like a kid on Christmas Eve or better yet, dressed and sleeping in my new school clothes the night before class starts! So true to form, I had to share my excitement with you. :)

For those of you who can’t make it, Loyola is offering a streaming option with MCLE credit so you can join us from the comfort of your own home. Or you can follow along on twitter here or here.  And, you know I will blog about it afterwards.

For those of you joining us, can’t wait to meet you!

xoxo

Staci

 

Fashionable Thought of The Day

Posted in Fashionable Friday, The Business of Fashion

With the instant gratification available in today’s digital world, I see many who balk over the notion of hard work towards a long-term goal. For those of you who know me, you know that patience is something I have to work hard at, so while I am good at planting seeds, the waiting for results part is excruciating. So, when I saw the following, I thought it worth posting:

Never give up on a dream because of the time it will take to accomplish it. The time will pass anyway.

- Oprah Winfrey

xoxo

Staci

 

Fashionable Friday

Posted in Fashionable Friday, The Business of Fashion

This quote was in the signature block of a client email I received yesterday and it resonated with me.  So, of course, I need to share it with you:

The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.

~Walter Bagehot

To this day, I still feel like an underdog.  It wasn’t so long ago when I was told could never be a “Fashion Lawyer” as there was no such thing.  Well, who’s smiling now?

What are you working hard at this summer? Remember, if you set your mind to something, it can be accomplished. I believe in you!

xoxo

Staci

 

 

Fashionable Thought of the Day

Posted in Fashionable Friday, The Business of Fashion

Tomorrow is the official, first day of summer….yay!!  Now, while you turn back to your back to school orders and holiday designs, here is a great thought to help you make it through:

 Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.

-Helen Keller

xoxo

Staci

 

Licensing Expo 2014

Posted in Licensing, The Business of Fashion

Well, the fashionable women of Fox Rothschild are off to Vegas for the 2014 Licensing Expo.

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In case you don’t know, the Licensing Show is a gathering of the country’s top licensing professionals. It is my favorite tradeshow (and those of you who know me, know I haven’t met a tradeshow I don’t like) because the c-suite attendees make it the perfect place to conduct the business of fashion. Where else can you see the Minions, Marilyn and Mars Bars?

Last year, Advanstar (the show producer, which is the same company that produces MAGIC/Project/ENK) reports that there were over 400 exhibitors representing more than 5,000 brands with over 15,000 key decision making retailers, manufacturers, marketing and advertising professionals in attendance.

Excited to see what we discover this year!

If you can’t make it, follow #Licensing14 or me on twitter (@staciriordan) for my thoughts, insights and pictures from the show!

xoxo

Staci

 

RIP Maya Angelou: You Thrived With Style

Posted in The Business of Fashion
“My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.”

 

Maya Angelou passed away today at 86. She touched and influenced so many lives, including mine. I read “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” as a teenager and it remains one of my favorite books.

Many will be sharing her beautiful words as we all take a moment to celebrate Ms. Angelou’s life and reflect on her momentous impact and I am no exception:

“I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back.”

RIP Maya Angelou. We’ll miss you, but know your legacy lives on.

xoxo

Staci

INTA The Woods We Go (Again)

Posted in Fashion Intellectual Property, The Business of Fashion

Hi y’all! Sorry to be so quiet, but we have been busy around here. We needed to get all our cases and deals in order so we can head to Hong Kong for the annual INTA meeting.

For those of you who may not know, INTA, which the old-school crowd pronounces “the I-N-T-A” (yes, like the Village People’s song, “YMCA“), stands for the International Trademark Association (and, no, I have no idea why there is an “N,” but I digress).

The annual meeting is a gathering of trademark practioners from around the world. The location changes every year, and this year it is in Hong Kong!

Last year was my first time at INTA, and it was such a great experience I decided to get more involved. I am now on the academic committee, which given the Fashion Law Project is a great fit (and as a reminder, our Fashion Law Summer Intensive is filing up fast so don’t forget to sign up here).

And, I was selected to moderate a table topic on Fashion Licensing. Cool right?

So all you international Fashion Law fans, (or those of you right next door) if you are going to INTA and want to meet up to talk Fashion Law, branding or just trademarks in general, please let me know.

For those of you staying home, I will share my trip via twitter (@staciriordan) so stay tuned.

xoxo

Staci