Luxury and fashion—Spain—Q&A guide

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

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

Authors: Hogan Lovells—Alex Dolmans; Constanze Schulte; Graciela Martin; Victor Mella

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

The luxury fashion industry in Spain plays a significant role in the European and global market, but a closer look reveals that this significance must in fact be seen from three different angles: from the brand side; from the manufacturing side; and from the consumer side.

In relation to the brands, Spanish companies are among the world leaders in fast-fashion (with Inditex - of Zara fame - being the most notable Spanish players) but they are not part of the select group of the world's luxury brands. There are a number of well-known Spanish luxury brands, such as high-end leather and fashion group Loewe (part of French luxury group LVMH), but their significance in the global retail economy is largely outweighed by that of the low-cost fashion brands that have made Spain a global player.

From the perspective of manufacturing, many Spanish companies supply goods and products to the world's leading luxury and fashion brands or act as manufacturer for other groups. While textile confection, traditionally important in Spain, has

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