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  • James Sugden, champion of British textiles, dies aged 71

    Steve Sidkin's comment 3 January 2018 6:19 pm

    Eric Musgrave’s description of James Sugden as a champion for British textiles is most apt.
    I remember being shown around Johnstons’ mill at Elgin by James and James Dracup. Although approaching his retirement, James Sugden’s enthusiasm for the manufacturing process which turned raw cashmere into the finest cashmere cloth was undimmed.
    He will be missed by British textiles and the wider fashion industry.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • M&S fashion boss to join White Stuff as CEO

    Steve Sidkin's comment 25 October 2017 10:53 pm

    This move highlights the issues of employee restrictive covenants in the industry http://ow.ly/X5dR30g48zr

  • Retailers caught in ‘discounting epidemic’ in run-up to ‘tough’ Christmas

    Steve Sidkin's comment 3 October 2017 10:20 pm

    If you can keep your head when all about you
    Are losing theirs and blaming it on ...........you’ll be a somewhat rare retailer this autumn! (With apologies to Rudyard Kipling)
    Retailers hitting the mid-season sale button can be expected to be followed by a mixture of the application of retrospective discounts to suppliers' invoices and announcement of store closures.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Customs union proposals are 'reassuring' first step

    Steve Sidkin's comment 20 August 2017 9:59 pm

    The points made by Paul Alger are well made. But the UK government presents it's proposal for a transitional agreement without any expressed recognition of:
    1. the difficulties of negotiating such an agreement; and
    2. that the transitional agreement must itself be agreed by 38 national and regional parliaments in the remaining 27 member states of the EU.
    UK fashion businesses should hope for the best but plan for the worst.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Chair
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Government targets fashion in supply chain crackdown

    Steve Sidkin's comment 27 July 2017 10:00 pm

    Trying to police worker exploitation is difficult.
    Making top fashion brands liable for what goes on in their supply chains carries massive challenges.
    The Modern Slavery Act, with its trickle-down effect into supply chains as brands seek to ensure they can give a clean MSA report, perhaps shows a direction of travel.
    However, seeking to combat human trafficking and slavery through the toothless MSA is one thing, but for example making a brand liable for a failure by a supplier, who is unlikely to be based in the UK, to pay the supplier jurisdiction equivalent of the UK’s national minimum wage is something else entirely, and surely a step too far.
    Mark Watson
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • H&M to unveil Erdem collaboration in November

    Steve Sidkin's comment 16 July 2017 10:25 am

    Another impressive collaboration from H&M. But as with any collaboration key issues are as to ownership of intellectual property created and how to deal with any third party claims of intellectual property right infringement.
    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Simon Berwin's Brexit warning

    Steve Sidkin's comment 4 June 2017 11:44 pm

    Simon Berwin highlights the issues which Brexit poses for fashion companies.

    Thinking about the issues (http://www.fashionlaw.co.uk/site/fashion_focus/brexiting-the-future-of-fashion-or-a-fashionable-brexit) and planning how best to deal with them will provide a way forward for many.

    Stephen Sidkin
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • The Drapers guide to crowdfunding

    Steve Sidkin's comment 23 May 2017 9:30 pm


    Crowdfunding is a great way not only to raise funds but also engage with and grow your customer base.

    We are also seeing an increase in the use of mini bonds on crowdfunding platforms. These allow companies to raise funds and achieve the same marketing advantages BUT without having to give away any of their equity.

    Daniel Geller
    Associate
    Fashion Law Group
    Fox Williams LLP

  • Is the social commerce revolution finally happening?

    Steve Sidkin's comment 2 May 2017 11:35 pm

    Last week half of the latest news items on www.drapersonline.com concerned online fashion businesses. If further evidence was needed that social media has evolved from a promotional channel to a shopping channel in its own right, this was it.

    But with the opportunity which social media offers fashion brands comes risk - primarily in the form of damage to brand.

  • Pressure mounts on retailers as prices fall but costs rise

    Steve Sidkin's comment 6 April 2017 11:32 pm

    As pressure mounts on retailers are we that far away from the next wave to retrospective discounts being applied to outstanding invoices received from suppliers?

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