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Staci Riordan works with designers, manufacturers, retailers and entertainers, providing strategic, business and legal advice so they can achieve their goals. A pioneer in fashion law, Staci handles both transactional and litigation matters for companies of all sizes—from startups to publicly traded multi-national companies.

First take a deep breath.  I know the business of fashion is hard and accomplishing anything work during the holidays is super challenging.

Now, say this with me: We’re all right where we should be. Now, this doesn’t mean that you have achieved your full potential, can’t rise higher or are even stuck. Bruno Mars, along with Eminem uses “Lighters” to explain that life is a journey.

It can be hard, especially in the cut-throat business of fashion.  There will be negativity, haters, envious people and even well meaning people who just don’t get it who would rather tell you no than help you figure out how to get to yes.


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All successful entrepreneurs know that sometimes, you need to wipe the slate clean.  They have learned that fear of the unknown is much better than extending the agony of an unsuccessful venture.

In fashion, you see this manifest when a designer gets too attached to a style (or worse, a warehouse of styles).


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For those of you who know me, you know I went to law school determined to be a fashion lawyer.  I also hoped that Fashion Law would eventually become taught in law schools coast to coast.  I never imagined that I would be one of those professors, and the field would become so well regarded so quickly!  I am grateful for all your support and am encouraged that so many of you want to join the Fashion Law movement.

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Allegedly, “industry sources” have advised WWD that the House Judiciary subcommittee on Intellectual Property, Competition and the Internet has scheduled a hearing on a new bill based on the Innovative Design Protection and Piracy Prevention Act (“IDPPPA”) or the Destruction of Affordable Fashion Bill, as I call it.

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