Luxury and fashion—France—Q&A guide

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  • Luxury and fashion—France—Q&A guide
  • 1. What is the current state of the luxury fashion market in your jurisdiction?
  • 2. What legal framework governs the development, manufacture and supply chain for fashion goods? What are the usual contractual arrangements for these relationships?
  • 3. What legal framework governs distribution and agency agreements for fashion goods?
  • 4. What are the most commonly used distribution and agency structures for fashion goods, and what contractual terms and provisions usually apply?
  • 5. Do any special import and export rules and restrictions apply to fashion goods?
  • 6. What are the requirements and disclosure obligations in relation to corporate social responsibility and sustainability for fashion and luxury brands in your jurisdiction? What due diligence in this regard is advised or required?
  • 7. What occupational health and safety laws should fashion companies be aware of across their supply chains?
  • 8. What legal framework governs the launch of an online fashion marketplace or store?
  • 9. How does e-commerce implicate retailers’ sourcing and distribution arrangements (or other contractual arrangements) in your jurisdiction?
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Luxury and fashion—France—Q&A guide

This Practice Note contains a jurisdiction-specific Q&A guide to luxury and fashion in France published as part of the Lexology Getting the Deal Through series by Law Business Research (published: March 2021).

Authors: Hogan Lovells—Olivia Bernardeau-Paupe; Etienne Barjol; Pierre Chellet; Cléa Dessault; Hortense Le Dosseur; Paul Leroy; Thierry Meillat; Patrice Navarro; Eric Paroche; Laurent Ragot; Alexandra Tuil; François Zannotti

1. What is the current state of the luxury fashion market in your jurisdiction?

France is the biggest luxury player in the world: the French luxury market represents a quarter of the global luxury market, driven by global luxury leaders. In 2019, three French groups were among the top five global luxury goods companies by sales: LVMH Moët Hennessy-Louis Vuitton SE (first), Kering SA (second) and L'Oréal Luxe (fifth).

Due to the growing success of these companies, the luxury fashion market is essential for the French economy, notably with respect to employment and exports. The importance of this sector in French economy has enabled, in 2019, the signature of a strategic sector contract between the Fashion and Luxury Sector Strategic Committee and French Ministers for Economy, Finance, and Culture. The purpose of this contract is to develop know-how, ensure strong corporate social responsibility policies and nurture the international growth of the sector.

2. What legal framework governs the development, manufacture and supply chain for fashion goods? What

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