DLA Piper has joined the IAF, the International Apparel
Federation, generating exciting opportunities for DLA Piper's
clients and IAF members.
DLA Piper's Fashion, Retail and Design group covers an
interesting and broad group of clients worldwide who focus on
optimising their playing field and on combining their forces in the
apparel industry. This approach matches the objective of the
International Apparel Federation ("IAf"). The IAF is a
federation founded in 1972 in Williamsburg, Virginia, in the United
States, whose current headquarters are in Zeist, near Amsterdam,
DLA Piper recently joined the IAF as an associate member. We
spoke with the IAF's secretary general, Han Bekke, to find out
what this new cooperation can offer our clients.
The IAF's mission is to develop business contacts to foster
dialogue and knowledge exchange between individuals active in the
world apparel value chain, and in international practice by
promoting common business interests. For instance, the IAF
encourages best practice and the support of apparel manufacturers
and marketers worldwide. Members of the IAF can share information
on recent developments regarding the advancement of technology and
the promotion of its use, the encouragement of innovation and new
ways of thinking and the growth of apparel trade worldwide.
Further, the Iaf provides market information to its members. A
relevant topic that has been covered by the IAF is the improvement
of social, health and safety, and environmental conditions relating
to the apparel chain worldwide.
The IAF aims to be the premier worldwide knowledge network
dealing with a variety of apparel industry issues including design,
manufacturing, distribution, sourcing, trade, technology and
education. The development of business contacts worldwide remains a
main target of the IAF. the IAF also offers trade missions
worldwide which members can join.
As an associate member of the IAF, DLA Piper provides legal
services to the apparel supply chain. In addition to this, and to
the various national trade associations which represent apparel
manufacturers in their respective countries which are IAF members,
there is an option to become an individual member. This is useful
when your core business involves the design, marketing and/or
manufacturing of apparel products.
Once a year, a large convention is held for all members. the
next convention will be in Shanghai from 23 to 27 September 2013.
DLA Piper will attend that convention and will give a presentation
on legal issues. More detailed information on this convention can
be found in the next Law à la Mode edition.
This publication is intended as a general overview and
discussion of the subjects dealt with. It is not intended to be,
and should not used as, a substitute for taking legal advice in any
specific situation. DLA Piper Australia will accept no
responsibility for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of
DLA Piper Australia is part of DLA Piper, a global law firm,
operating through various separate and distinct legal entities. For
further information, please refer to www.dlapiper.com
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