Luxury and fashion—Italy—Q&A guide

The following IP practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Luxury and fashion—Italy—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—Italy—Q&A guide

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

Authors: Hogan Lovells—Antonio di Pasquale; Christian Di Mauro ; Claudio Pasina; Eugenia Gambarara; Fulvia Astolfi; Luigi Mansani; Marco Berliri; Maria Luigia Franceschelli; Massimiliano Masnada; Paola La Gumina; Sabrina Borocci; Vanessa Tritto; Vittorio Moresco

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

The fashion business is really a big thing in Italy, as it is the homeland of designers who made the history of fashion, worldwide renowned brands, and a venue for hundreds of specialised enterprises, as well as for artisans whose hands are internationally valued. The market comprises big companies, international groups, and small and medium enterprises.

According to a recent report published by Confindustria Moda, the aggregate turnover of the fashion industry in Italy was worth about €22 billion in 2017. Clothing drives the industry, making up 49.6 per cent of the total turnover, followed by footwear at 15.1 per cent. Women’s fashion leads with a turnover of about €13.3 billion in 2018. Not surprisingly, exports (63 per cent of the total turnover in 2018) are constantly increasing.

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

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