Luxury and fashion—Netherlands—Q&A guide

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

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

Authors: Bird & Bird LLP—Chloë Baartmans; Goran Danilović; Lisette den Butter; Manon Rieger-Jansen; Marinke Moeliker; Nina Dorenbosch; Pauline Kuipers; Margot Hoving; Roelien van Neck

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

The Netherlands is home to the European headquarters of several leading international fashion brands, such as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Patagonia, Karl Lagerfeld, Nike and Asics. Combined with the many Dutch-origin companies also present on the scene –  like Scotch and Soda, Suitsupply, G-Star and Hunkemöller –  this makes for a vibrant luxury and fashion market in the Netherlands with an international, creative workforce. Amsterdam even prides itself in having the world's highest concentration of denim brands.

In 2017, the value of the apparel market in the Netherlands was already US$14.5 billion and also the footwear market brings in several billion a year. Topics like sustainability, the circular economy and re-commerce are becoming ever more important in the Dutch market. In 2019, 15 per cent of the fashion retail turnover was achieved through online channels, and this market is growing at an even more accelerated pace due to the ongoing covid-19 pandemic. Because of the

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