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 Jason Arbuck
t: 416 860 6889
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 Casey Chisick
t: 416 869 5403
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 Leonard Glickman
t: 416 869 5993
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 Marlin Horst
t: 416 860 6446
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 Laurie LaPalme
t: 416 869 5781
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 Andrew M. Reback
t: 416 860 2980
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 Larry M. Weinberg
t: 416 860 2987
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Fashion

Members of the global fashion and apparel industry operate in a uniquely challenging business environment. Industry players must make a profit from the creative process, contend with the unpredictable tastes of consumers, adjust to changing international trade regulations and compete with counterfeiters and grey market importers — all in an environment that is changing at a rapid pace.

The lawyers in our Fashion Industry Practice Group — the only group of its kind in Canada — understand that to provide truly valuable counsel, they must be conversant in the current legal and business issues facing both the local and global fashion industries. Our lawyers represent clients in all areas of the industry, including designers, manufacturers, importers, distributors, retailers and associations.

Our multi-disciplinary group is composed of lawyers who are highly experienced in the legal issues that most often affect the fashion industry. We advise leading domestic and international clients on a variety of matters, including:

We also provide advice in a number of related areas, including:

  • Advertising and marketing
  • Competition law
  • Cosmetics regulatory compliance
  • Entertainment law
  • Government relations
  • Information technology
  • Insolvency and bankruptcy
  • Insurance
  • Packaging and labelling
  • Product liability
  • Tax

Industry Involvement
Members of our group are committed to remaining on the cutting edge of the issues that are relevant to our clients. We are active members of many legal and industry associations, including:

  • Canadian Apparel Foundation
  • National Apparel Bureau
  • Canadian Anti-Counterfeiting Network
  • Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC)
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • Copyright Society of the United States of America (CSUSA)
  • ALAI Canada (Association Littéraire & Artistique Internationale)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section, Entertainment and Sports Law Forum, and Business Law Section
  • New York State Bar Association, Entertainment and Sports Law Section
  • Beverly Hills Bar Association
  • Fashion Group International

Our lawyers also appear frequently at leading fashion industry conferences and trade shows, including the influential MAGIC show in Las Vegas.

Lawyers in the group regularly speak in Canada and internationally on subjects of interest to the fashion industry, including trends in the retail business environment and emerging fronts in the battle against counterfeiters. As major sponsors of the Toronto Fashion Incubator (TFI) “New Labels” fundraising gala, we actively support the growth of the Canadian fashion industry. One of our lawyers is also an Executive Member of the TFI’s Board of Directors.

Notable Transactions

Some of our notable transactions include:

  • Acting as international trade-mark counsel to a major Canadian lifestyle apparel retailer
  • Acting as Canadian trade-mark counsel to numerous famous US and European brands doing business in Canada
  • Acting as counsel to a superstar musical artist in connection with the launch of an apparel line
  • Negotiating all Canadian commercial leases for a major US-based shoe retailer
  • Providing intellectual property counsel to a US-based jewellery brand in its actions against infringers
  • Acting for a Canadian branding company in a joint venture negotiation with an A-list Hollywood personality
  • Representing a major cosmetics brand in the negotiation of an endorsement deal with a celebrity make-up artist
  • Representing a professional sports league in its negotiations with Reebok for a multi-year licensing/branding agreement
  • Acting for the sellers of a major boot and shoe manufacturer in its sale to a large US-based clothing manufacturer

Our Clients

We have represented leading brands, companies and associations in the fashion industry in Canada and internationally, including:

  • Abbey Dawn by Avril Lavigne
  • Canadian Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association
  • Chanel
  • The Down Association of Canada
  • Faces Cosmetics
  • Fantastic Sams
  • FASHION Magazine
  • Fashion Design Council of Canada
  • Fortuny
  • Gucci
  • Gymboree
  • Haggar
  • Holt Renfrew
  • IMG
  • Jacadi
  • Jennifer Meyer Jewelry
  • Jones Apparel Group
  • Jerry Leigh
  • Kodiak
  • Lee Wilder Bedwear
  • Livs
  • Luxottica Retail
  • Mark’s
  • O’Neill
  • Only Accessories
  • Ojon Corporation
  • Playboy Enterprises 
  • Quontum (UK)
  • Rolland Hairtrends (Canada)
  • Roots
  • SCKC (Super Cool Kids Clothing)
  • Skechers
  • Spinrite
  • Stride Rite
  • Superdry
  • Toronto Fashion Incubator
  • Town Shoes
  • Undercoverwear
  • Urban Zen
  • Velcro Canada
  • Weekenders Ladies Wear