writing a book for 'the people'
Five years ago when I first put pen to paper and began sketching out this book, its purpose was twofold. First, I wanted to create a book “for the people,” as opposed to a text strictly for lawyers. Despite it being about fashion law, the end game was to create a book that a person either already engaged in, or seeking to engage in, a fashion business could comprehend and immediately utilize by providing a reader with a straightforward understanding of the law with limited legalese. The result would ideally be that they could now actually apply the law to their own business, whether if trying to make sense of a basic garment labeling issue, or attempting to determine a more complex matter, such as how to lawfully import exotic animal skins for an accessories line.
Given the number of people looking to get into the fashion industry, whether diving in full-time as a young entrepreneur, a mid-career person taking on a “side hustle,” or a baby boomer setting up their next “job,” it seemed unfair to me that in order to get the basic answers, you either had to hire a lawyer, or hope to find the answer you were looking for on an Etsy® discussion thread due to there not being one central location where a gamut of answers to the most commonly sought questions could be found. This collection of foundational legal know-how and practical application is what this book aims to accomplish.