The Fashion Law Institute hosted its 8th Annual Symposium on Friday, April 20 at Fordham Law School in New York. Panels covered the latest legal and business developments in cutting edge fashion and retail. FIA founder Kenya Wiley presented on the Fashion TECHtonics panel, where she discussed AI, blockchain and privacy policy developments following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The Fashion Law Institute’s Associate Director Jeff Trexler moderated the tech panel, which also included panelists representing Rebecca Minkoff, the National Retail Federation, Marcolin, Hogan Lovells, and Holland & Knight.

The symposium also highlighted the rise of streetwear for luxury brands featuring Baptiste’ Ellard, creator of the Louis Vuitton boombox, a fusion of fashion and tech. Also featured was Daniel Bellizio of Bellizio+Igel, a law firm with expertise supporting creatives. Bellizio stressed that we must stop qualifying streetwear as a separate category. “It is design,” he said.

The Fashion Law Institute’s Founder and Academic Director Susan Scafidi closed out the symposium with a panel on intellectual property and social media—discussing how the Instagram account for Diet Prada and others are calling out copying in fashion.

We’d like to thank Professor Scafidi and her team at the Fashion Law Institute for hosting another amazing fashion law symposium. Please save the date for the next annual symposium, scheduled for April 12, 2019.

Image Credit: Fashion Law Institute

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