BY: Natasha Jean-Pierre
In the world of Social Media Influencers, recycle fashion, and Fast Fashion, it cannot go without notice that consumers want their fashion fast! This puts a lot of pressure on emerging designers, retailers, brands, and boutique owners to efficiently acquire high quality products in the shortest amount of time. Before, you put in your next order with a foreign supplier for those Khaki pants, there are some U.S. Custom Issues that you should familiarize yourself with.
First, you must understand that if you hire a foreign supplier for your garments that means that you will be held responsible for customs-related issues that arise. To protect consumers, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol and the Federal Trade Commission wants to ensure that garments imported from other countries comply with US law. If you were ever wondering why clothing labels on your garments were as long as a CVS receipt, you have the Textile Act and the Wool Products Labeling Act of 1939 to thank. Under this act the Federal Trade Commission requires that most textiles and wool products have a label detailing:
Here is a helpful checklist for questions you may want to consider when hiring a foreign supplier:
Fashion Law at Howard Law School
Fashion, a global $1 trillion industry, has been defined as the dialogue among the creative industries that propose innovations and consumers who decide what to adopt or reject.
But what happens when some creative innovators propose innovations that they are unable to protect?
Here at Howard Law School, our goal is to spread the message that IP protections are for EVERYONE by working to identify deficiencies in intellectual property law that make it difficult for some fashion innovators to retain their intellectual property rights.
In our class we explore the concept of inspired copying in the fashion industry and its effect on creatives of color.