Interview: Antonella Di Campo

[ September 16, 2021 by admin 0 Comments ]

Graduated from Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Spain, Antonella Di Campo founded Fashion Law Institute Spain in order to offer consultancy and training programs for the textile, footwear, jewelry and cosmetic industries in Spain in 2017. Antonella Di Campo has been awarded by INFLAA as the ‘’Most Influential Lawyer in Spain 2019.’’

1) What are the latest developments in fashion law in your country?

First, thank you very much for this invitation.

Considering that fashion law is so vast, it is difficult to demarcate its advances in an area. However, I could say some topics covered by this discipline and its evolution in Spain.

Contractual: With the development of fashion law and the media impact it has had in Spain and the world, now fashion brands, especially small and medium-sized ones, are more aware of the convenience of going to a specialist in the sector before signing a contract or launching your business. With the pandemic, a fashion retail entrepreneur and property owners or managers had to sit down to negotiate the rental fees, even some autonomous communities of Spain legislated on the matter to protect the interests of the affected merchants.

Sustainability: in terms of sustainability, on April 8, the first Law on Climate Change was approved in the Congress of Deputies in Spain, which aims to comply with the objectives set in the Paris Agreement, this search to improve environmental conditions of the planet includes the fashion industry, its production and marketing. Also, there are more and more brands, including fast fashion, that offer a more environmentally friendly product and present new upcycling alternatives, coupled with a more informed and demanding consumer of a more ethical and sustainable fashion.

Communication: Fashion Law in Spain is known among the community of lawyers and the fashion community, thanks that there are more schools offering this training and also the publication FLIS® Moda y Derecho al Día that we publish at Fashion Law Institute Spain as the first publication specialized in fashion and law in Spanish, it helps to disseminate interesting information about the motherland and helps to publicize the Fashion Law exists to Spanish-speaking people. Now more Spanish law firms offer fashion law services beyond intellectual property.

There are other advances in the matter, but counting them would make the interview very long, but for now, these are the most representative.

2) As INFLAA, one of our goals is to create common ground for fashion law to become a known field. What do you think is crucial to creating that common ground and making fashion law a world-renowned field?

If I believe it is important to join forces to achieve greater international recognition and media impact of Fashion Law, as more people speak in a coherent and serious manner about fashion law, the faster the fashion market will understand the convenience of resorting to specialized attorneys rather than a general practitioner, and this represents a win-win for everyone involved.


3) What do you think awaits us in the future of fashion law?

A future with a more focused, refined, knowledgeable and legal ally of the fashion industry awaits us. It is only necessary that, like all processes, it follows its natural course and complete development until its consolidation. It is important to understand that this is a slow process that must be consistent with the values of both industries, fashion and law, without losing the essence and character of each of them.

4) Which fashion law case has influenced you the most so far?

 I don’t have a particular case as such, more than one stream of judicial decisions can tell you that they are showing more flexibility in relation to granting protection, the recognition of the distinctive character of trademarks or distinctive signs acquired through use or time, this has thrown decisions that might have seemed impossible to achieve a few years ago, such as Christian Louboutin’s position and color mark or Valentino’s Rockstud design, or the achievement of copyright recognition in the case of Star Athletica, V. Varsity Brands, Inc. In short, more than seeing specific cases, I see a trend more favorable to the creative industries and especially the fashion industry in various jurisdictions and obviously this will improve over time with the development of fashion law such as legal discipline.

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