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reconstruted garments

seLvege | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I am a small business designer and have a legal question. Hopefully some one will be able to give me advise. I sometimes reconstruct readymades into one of a kind garments. Sometimes the changes are extensive, sometimes just slight changes. If I were to sell these garments would I have to seek permission from the original company? I’m not sure where I might find the answer to my question. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.


  1. kayrosie | | #1

    They have knock off all time. But I do not know the legal side of this. I real an article somewhere they were going to start looking into this but don't know if they have. 

    Wouldn't they first have to have a copy right of the article they made?  Just asking don't know for sure. 

    1. seLvege | | #2

      Thanks for your reply,kayrosie. Isn't a brand name considered a copyright? I know patterns are protected so I think brand name labels would be also. I don't want to do anything illegal.

      1. kayrosie | | #3

        You know you have seen the ones they wear to the academies and then you will see knock offs.  So I really don't know. 

      2. mygaley | | #4

        You are so right to consider copyright law. It's my understanding that law says if you use another person's idea, that person should benefit from it. Your situation seems to be to be very similar to that of a thrift or consignment shop, where garments are sold and the original purchaser (you, in this case) has already paid the designer/manufacturer their share. Perhaps someone in the resale business can give you some advice. Galey PS send pictures!

        Edited 10/11/2006 12:25 am ET by mygaley

        1. seLvege | | #5

          Thanks for your responce. I heard from a fellow sewer who also happens to be a lawyer (specializing in intellectual property). She said I'm okay as long as I am not actually copying the item nor trying to pass it off as their product by leaving the tradfemark on it (the Izod alligator). She was very helpful. I'm sure I am not the only one who likes to tranform a basic item into my own creation.  Thanks again for your interest in this subject.


  2. mem | | #6

    its just recycleing!!

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