1/31/2019 – Fashion Law: 2018 Year in Review (Foley Web Conference)

Fashion Law – 2018 Year in Review

In a world that seems to have become entirely brand focused, legal issues involving fashion houses and apparel and beauty companies, are increasing in frequency and significance.

2018 bore witness to several stand out cases involving some of the world’s most recognizable brands, including Balenciaga, Converse, Gucci, Levi’s, UGG, and YSL. These noteworthy cases highlight the ramifications for designers, manufacturers, retailers, and the fashion and apparel industry at large in 2019.

And although the number of fashion-focused intellectual property, trademark infringement, and trade dress cases on dockets continues to rise, it is no surprise that some also involve a host of other legal issues, including influencer marketing and FTC issues, ADA website compliance lawsuits, and tax matters.

Join Foley & Lardner’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising Team for a one-hour web conference on Thursday, January 31st at 11:00 am CT, as they discuss 2018’s significant fashion cases and how they may impact the industry going forward.

Topics and cases for discussion include:

  • Post Star Athletica: How Other Courts Have Interpreted the Test for “Copyrightability” of Pictorial, Graphical, and Sculptural Elements of Useful Articles, Specifically Clothing
  • Converse Inc. v. ITC: Trade Dress Decision
  • Takeaways of Levis v. YSL: Pocket Tab Case
  • The Impact of the Balenciaga Car Freshener Design Suit: Fashion Collaborations with Consumer/Non-Fashion Brands Could Give Rise to an Increased Likelihood of Confusion
  • Developments in Trademark Infringement Settlements: Gucci v. Forever 21
  • Tips for Preventing Against “Genericness” Claims: Deckers Outdoor Corp. v. Australian Leather Pty. Ltd., et al.
  • Influencer Partnerships and FTC Guidelines Regarding Disclosure
  • Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): Accessible Websites and Compliance
  • Sales Tax Collection: Wayfair v. South Dakota

For more information and to register for the web conference, please click here.

CLE Information

Foley & Lardner LLP will apply for CLE credit after the program, wherever applicable. Foley & Lardner LLP certifies that this activity has been approved for California MCLE credits by the State Bar of California in the amount of 1.0 General credit hour. Foley & Lardner LLP is a State Bar of California MCLE approved provider. Please note that participants must log in to the web portion on the date of the event and answer the CLE polling question; credit may not be obtained by viewing and/or listening to a program recording after the event. Certificates of attendance will be distributed to eligible participants approximately eight weeks after the webinar via email.

This program is appropriate for newly admitted and experienced attorneys.

New York licensed attorneys admitted two years or less are not eligible to earn CLE credit through nontraditional formats.

1/18/2019 – Fancier Magazine Release Party

Take a peek inside Milwaukee’s wedding scene at Fancier Magazine’s upcoming magazine release party!  The event is a great opportunity to learn more about the up-and-coming wedding magazine and connect with their local collaborators.

Friday, January 18
6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Journeyman Hotel – 310 E. Chicago Street, Milwaukee, WI 53202


1/09/2019 – Website Discussion, Spring Showcase Planning, and More!

The Milwaukee Fashion Initiative met at Foley & Lardner LLP on Wednesday, January 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The focus of this month’s meeting included updates on last month’s action items (including website updates and market research), spring showcase planning, and surveying the group regarding specific Milwaukee-based manufacturing needs.

2/13/2019 – February Meeting

The Milwaukee Fashion Initiative will meet at Foley & Lardner LLP on Wednesday, February 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

We hope you will join us to catch up with friends, meet new members, and discuss MFI developments.  During this meeting we will discuss plans for a Spring Showcase and provide updates on the Initiative’s other activities.

If you have any updates or information you would like to share at our next meeting, feel free to email [email protected] so we can add you to our agenda.


11/15/2018 – Tom and Linda Platt Trunk Show

Join us in supporting a member of the Fashion Initiative, Cindy Molloy, at a local trunk show:

Thursday, Friday & Saturday
November 15th, 16th, and 17th
9:00 am – 4:00 pm

11649 N. Port Washington Road, Suite 220
Mequon, WI
Tel: 414-491-4321



Life is complicated; clothes should be simple.


10/14/2018 – Zing Boutique Fashion Show Series: Week of October 14

Deb Neulreich and Linda Pelej from Zing Boutique invite you to join them at their quarterly in-store series of fashion shows to highlight their seasonal apparel! 

Each season, the fashion shows start at 6:30 pm on various nights throughout the week and last for about 40 minutes, leaving you plenty of time to shop and network after! 

The next series of shows begin the week of October 14, 2018.  

Visit their website or contact [email protected] for more information. 


10/07/2018 — Distinctive Designs by Tomira at Pop Up MKE

The Milwaukee Fashion Initiative is proud to support Distinctive Designs by Tomira — Grand Opening at Pop Up MKE Marketplace!

Stop by October 5th through October 7th for art, apparel, and jewelry.

339 W. North Avenue
Milwaukee, WI

Friday, October 5: 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 6: 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 7: 1:00 – 6:00 p.m.



10/11/2018 – 15 Years of Lela

Carrie Arrouet, member of the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative and owner of Lela Boutique, has invited members of the Milwaukee Fashion Initiative to join her in celebrating 15 years of Lela. The evening will be filled with shopping, music, and food from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and a fashion show at 6:00 p.m.

We hope you can join us in supporting Carrie and Lela Boutique!

Thursday, October 11
4:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Lela Boutique – 321 N. Broadway, Milwaukee, WI

04/05/2018 – Milwaukee Fashion Initiative: Show & Tell Networking Breakfast Meeting

At our April meeting, we asked members to share their business plans as well as the challenges they face.

Most important, we asked that they “show their stuff”!  Members brought samples of their merchandise, designs, or services and shared what makes them special and unique. With brick and mortar stores, designers and manufacturers together in the same room, we made some important connections!

To learn more, please click here.