New Meetup: Fashion Law Basics with Professor Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute

Fashion Law for emerging designers

Fashion Law Basics for Emerging Designers

Do you have legal questions like how can I protect my intellectual property? Maybe you’re wondering what type of business structure to set up or even what contracts you should have on hand.

These are just some of the topics that will be discussed at The Emerging Designer Meetup with Professor Susan Scafidi of the Fashion Law Institute on June 11.

The purpose of the event is to help emerging designers and fashion professionals understand the basics of fashion law and legal issues to consider when starting your business. This includes the types of intellectual property protection, setting up your business, contracting work and other items that entrepreneurs face.


Professor Scafidi will present some of the basics of fashion law and we will discuss the following topics:

  • Introduction to the Fashion Law Institute and free monthly Pop-Up Clinic
  • Types of intellectual property
  • How can designers protect themselves
  • What are some of the most interesting issues that face emerging designers when starting their business or that you hear at the clinic?
  • What should designers consider when starting their business (LLC, S-Corp, Partnership)
  • How important are contracts when freelancing work? If you don’t have access to an attorney, how should a designer create one?
  • How do you protect yourself when working with a vendor? (getting paid, contracts, etc…)
  • When working with a vendor outside of the United States, how do the laws apply?

We also welcome your questions and will discuss with Professor Scafidi so we can incorporate them into the conversation. Please email us at

Run of Show

6:30-6:45: Networking
6:45-7:30: Presentation & Discussion
7:30-7:45: Q&A
7:45-8:00: Networking/Wrap Up


Tuesday, June 11,6:30-8pm
The Fashion Center
209 West 38th, 2nd Floor

Learn more about Professor Scafidi and register for this event on The Emerging Designer Meetup page. 

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