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With the multi-trillion dollar spending power of parents (and grandparents) for childrenswear and children’s products (apparel, accessories, furniture, strollers, toys and products of all kinds), kids are serious business. But with so many nuances involved with the production of children’s products, designers, manufacturers and investors require the guidance of skilled professionals with specialized knowledge. Protection of your products, ideas and brand, requires excellent business acumen, industry expertise and a broad understanding of the many layers of regulatory schemes at the federal, state and even local levels of government applicable to children's apparel, accessories and products.

In that regard, our attorneys can help with:

  • protection of copyrights and trademarks
  • licensing and distribution agreements
  • the responsibilities of both licensor and licensee
  • employment, sales representative and showroom agreements
  • the Consumer Products Safety Improvement Act of 2008 (CPSIA)
  • taxation and employee/employer regulations
  • real estate transactions
  • partnership contract negotiations and relationship-building
  • banking relations, credit lines, factoring agreements
  • private equity and strategic investments
  • retailer arrangements, including “shop in shop”

For over 60 years, Phillips Nizer LLP has had a special affinity with the fashion industry. Our relationships began with apparel manufacturers in the mid-1940s. Later, Phillips Nizer was instrumental in counseling designers as they began to recognize the value of their names as brands, something that is common today, but a half a century ago was not.

We have always admired the entrepreneurial spirit of our clients. In today’s competitive, complex and highly regulated marketplace, our counsel will help you to make smart decisions that will grow the health and success of your business. Please follow the links to learn more about our Fashion, Intellectual Property, Tax and Corporate & Business Law Practices, as well as our Labor & Employment and Real Estate Practices.


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Remembering Bill Cunningham
Alan Behr, June 30, 2016
The term fashion photographer typically brings to mind a specialist who works on assignment for advertisements or editorials and who brings to each shoot enough equipment to light a stadium and enough digital photographic gear to document a war. Bill Cunningham, who died on Saturday at the age of...

Seeing With Your Third Eye
Alan Behr, June 30, 2016
Because almost everybody wears glasses of some kind, part of the pathway of the ascent of a designer will quite often include an eyewear line. Personal optics is a field in which design must coexist with the demands of mechanics, durability and, for vision eyewear, medical requirements. With those...

The Skinny On Ties
Alan Behr, April 25, 2016
We have commented here before that the necktie is the surviving element of the male wardrobe that is purely decorative. If it is true that form follows function, there is no prescribed form for an accessory that, by definition, is completely without function. For that reason, you can make it a...

Too Stylish to Stay at Home—Or Go Back There
Alan Behr, April 11, 2016
While attending the annual meeting of the Copyright Society of the USA in Newport, Rhode Island last year, I walked into a military surplus store and came out the owner of a Swiss military field jacket. I had found a row of them crowded into a single rack. All were a bit malodorous (often a hazard...

A Belly Full of Good Fashion
Alan Behr, January 13, 2016
As everyone knows, male fashion lawyers tend to be hunks. I was a bit late getting the memo, but on the insistence by my German doctor, I finally started exercising, and being German myself, I of course overdid it, to the point that my shirt maker (Turnbull & Asser) had to adjust my pattern and...

A Man’s Moment
Alan Behr, January 13, 2016
Designers have been famously cautious not to offend men’s perceptions about masculinity. The old axiom that men will not buy clothes bearing the names of women led to some novel solutions. Jhane Barnes was born Jane Barnes, but by the time men had figured that out, they were sold on her...

SEC Adopts New Crowdfunding Rules
R. Brian Brodrick, January 13, 2016
Over the past few years, crowdfunding websites have become an increasingly significant source of consumer feedback and funding for fashion companies as fashion-specific sites such as Betabrand and general sites such as Kickstarter have allowed designers to prescreen new designs and raise funding...

The Promises of Big Event Promotions
Alan Behr, January 13, 2016
In the service of consumer awareness, I have helped clients with event promotions ranging from setting up rub-down booths for aching feet at half marathons to participating in the closing off of Times Square for New Year’s Eve and the engagement of major talent to entertain the revelers. I...