Fashion Law

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Fashion & Licensing Law Practice

Located in the heart of New York City, one of the five major fashion capitals in the world, our Fashion attorneys represent leading brand owners, fashion houses, designers, wholesalers, consultants, modeling agencies, and both private and publicly traded companies and retailers in the fashion industry, in a wide range of legal matters, in all aspects of their business. This includes representing our clients in license agreements, factoring agreements, sales rep agreements, showroom and store leases, distribution agreements, mergers and acquisitions, investment agreements, registration of trademarks, copyrights and patents, business formation, and, where necessary, litigation. Members of our fashion industry practice group function as fashion lawyers, licensing lawyers, intellectual property lawyers, and license agency lawyers.

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Represented a leading luxury brand retailer in contracts to open stores in China.
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Represented leading 7th Avenue Designers in licensing and distribution agreements with Japanese trading companies.
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Obtained a summary judgment in excess of $600K for apparel brand owner against non-paying licensee.
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Represented a leading major urban apparel brand in all its license agreements in the US and around the world.
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Helped a leading designer increase their income six-fold by converting a non-remunerative equity arrangement into a lucrative licensing deal.
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Represented an international luxury fashion designer in a long-term license agreement with one of the largest diamond companies in the world.
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Our fashion industry lawyers know that effective representation of our clients requires seasoned experience in areas of not only fashion law, but also in intellectual property law, business law, real estate law, licensing, contract negotiation and litigation, specifically as they pertain to the fashion industry. As part of our full service law firm, the attorneys in our Fashion practice have the experience to handle virtually every kind of legal matter, combined with a knowledge and understanding of the unique business issues faced by fashion industry companies in today’s global marketplace.

While many consider fashion industry law an emerging practice, the chair of our New York Fashion & Licensing Law practice has represented clients from the fashion industry since the early 1980’s, beginning with one of the first designer jeans brands, the Sergio Valente jeans company. After decades of focusing on fashion law, we are highly respected on Seventh Avenue and around the world, and recognized as an authority in the fashion law field. By virtue of our experience, we often connect our clients with other excellent service providers and bring our clients valuable opportunities.

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Our fashion attorneys answer some of the most frequently asked fashion business questions.

Corporate advice tailored for fashion industry companies and designers from our fashion lawyers

DHC advises fashion, home and accessories businesses in corporate governance, transactions, financing, and securities and compliance, from industry start-ups and established companies through all stages of corporate development and growth, including corporate structuring and obtaining investors and raising capital through shareholders.

Our fashion industry lawyers negotiate and draft:

  • Distribution Agreements
  • E-commerce Agreements
  • Employment Agreements
  • Franchise Agreement
  • License Agreements
  • License Agency Agreements
  • Manufacturing Agreements
  • Marketing & Media Agreements
  • Modeling & Celebrity Endorsement Agreements
  • Operating Agreements
  • Shareholder Agreements
  • Showroom & Store Leases
  • Supply Chain Agreements


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Fashion industry branding and protection of intellectual property rights

Our fashion lawyers know the importance of branding in fashion, recognizing the need to build a strong brand and to protect that brand from counterfeiting, brand dilution and infringement. We counsel our fashion, home and accessories clients in developing an intellectual property strategy and obtaining trademark and copyright registrations to effectively establish their brand worldwide. When needed, our fashion lawyers have successfully pursued counterfeiters and used litigation to enforce our clients’ intellectual property rights.

Broadening a fashion brand through licensing

DHC’s Fashion Industry Law group has longstanding proficiency in fashion, home and accessories licensing. Our fashion lawyers have represented brand owners, retailers and companies seeking brand licenses in both domestic and international license agreements.

Contact theCommercial Banking & Finance Law department at Davidoff Hutcher & Citron to find out how our experience in commercial transactions, structured finance and securitization transactions can help your financial institution or other finance and banking industry business meet short and long-term objectives.

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Fashion law, litigation and dispute resolution

With extensive experience in litigation, our fashion industry lawyers strive to achieve the best possible outcome for our clients in contract disputes and intellectual property cases in federal court, state court, or alternative dispute resolution forums.

Attorneys and Professionals in this Practice Area


Charles Klein

Charles Klein


P: 646-428-3240



Michael Wexelbaum

Michael Wexelbaum


P: 646-428-3225

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