“Fashion is a brutal industry; most brands fail within their first two years.”

On Friday, April 15th 2016, The Fashion Law Project at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles will host the symposium, “Green is the New Black: Sustainability in Fashion,” from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at Loyola’’s downtown LA campus.

Top fashion lawyers, executives and consultants will use a series of panels to delve into a variety of emerging fashion-industry issues: using eco-conscious materials to cut costs, nurturing a brand beyond inception, exploiting social media without violating federal regulations and streamlining production with new technology.                 

For program details and registration information visit: www.lls.edu/fashionlawsymposium

The  lineup is designed to help audience,– designers, entrepreneurs and anyone seeking to establish a brand –mine competitive advantages in how they manufacture and market their labels.

The third-annual Fashion Law Symposium will feature four panels:

  1. “Good Things Come In Green Packages: Sustainability in the Supply Chain
  2. “Tough Love: Sustaining a Fashion Brand From Start-Up To Staple
  3. “Truth in Advertising:  The Art of Storytelling Within Federal Trade Commission Rules”
  4. Technology: The Disruption of Fashion or The Next Big Thing?”

One-on-one sessions with industry veterans will provide additional context.

Ilse Metchek, president of the California Fashion Association, will open the symposium with a report on the state of the industry.

Chelsea Grayson ’98, general counsel and executive vice president at American Apparel, will participate in a lunchtime Q&A.

Confirmed speakers include Oliver Bajracharya, partner, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP; Travis Heard, vice president, Finance & Strategy at Outerknown; Rick Horwitch, vice president, Bureau Veritas Consumer Products; Cheryl A. Solomon, former chief legal officer at Toms and former general counsel at Gucci; Alkistis Tsitouri, fashion photographer and blogger, Streetgeist. Moderators will include Deborah Greaves, Brutzkus Gubner LLP; Sheba Sheikh Hemmat, business and legal affairs manager, JustFab / ShoeDazzle; and Riordan.

The symposium will be held in the Girardi Advocacy Center on Loyola’s campus at 919 Albany St., Los Angeles, CA 90015.

The presenting sponsor is Nixon Peabody. Co-sponsors include the California Fashion Association, the Fashion Group International and 89.3 KPCC – Southern California Public Radio.

About The Fashion Law Project

The Fashion Law Project is a comprehensive academic center at Loyola Law School focused on the unique and all-encompassing legal issues affecting the fashion industry in the U.S. and abroad. Its multifaceted design provides programming for several audiences, including law students, design students, legal professionals and fashion industry professionals. Offerings include dedicated fashion law courses and a Sub-Concentration, annual symposia and the Fashion Law Intensive Summer Program, which will run from July 28-August 6, 2016. Learn more at www.lls.edu/thefashionlawproject.

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