Luxury and fashion—United Kingdom—Q&A guide

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

  • Luxury and fashion—United Kingdom—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—United Kingdom—Q&A guide

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

Authors: Hogan Lovells—Sahira Khwaja ; Penelope Thornton; Richard Welfare; Rachael Hunt; Helen Boniface; Rupert Shiers; Graham Poole; Philip Harle; Nicola Fulford; Alex Ford-Cox; Valerie Kenyon; Tania Buckthorp; Nicola Evans; Catherine Lah; Angus Coulter; Matt Giles; Ed Bowyer; Jo Broadbent

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

Many high-end UK fashion brands have suffered in recent years, partly as a result of the rising costs of prime store locations and competition from online-only retailers, such as ASOS and Boo Hoo. In 2020, the covid-19 pandemic severely added to those woes, with tourism halting and shops closing. Famous department stores, such as Debenhams, and major UK retailers with a significant central London presence, such as Top Shop, went into administration, with the Top Shop brand being bought by online retailer ASOS in February 2021. However, luxury fashion brands have adapted quickly to the pandemic and those brands who are able to meet the demands of online shoppers, including for a more personalised experience, are weathering the storm. The unique challenge for UK luxury fashion brands for 2021, will now be successfully adapting to the

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