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Showing 38 posts by Deanna Swisher.

Fashion Designer Khanh Nguyen Shares Her Passion and Wisdom with Michigan Fashion Startups

The world of fashion is changing. No longer do aspiring designers need to live and work in traditional fashion capitals like New York, Paris or Milan in order to make a living. In fact, Michigan is continuing to emerge as a fashion design and manufacturing hub. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News & Events, Startup

The Perfect, Inspiring Break

If you are ready for a quiet break as you recover from holiday hoopla or want an inspiring start to the New Year, I highly recommend a visit to the Grand Rapids Art Museum (GRAM). Foster Swift is a proud sponsor of the GRAM’s exhibit showcasing the work of Dutch fashion designer, Iris van Herpen. "Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion.” If you are familiar with van Herpen’s work, all that you need to know is that you have until January 15 to see this amazing exhibit. If not, please read on … then go see this amazing exhibit. Read More ›

Categories: Fashion, News & Events

The FTC Cranks Up the Heat on Wool

Wool LabelingI am a very judgmental shopper – I inspect the seams and make judgments on the quality of the workmanship. I have left a lot of garments on the rack due to fabric that looks or feels “cheap.” I suspect that I share these shopping habits with everyone that knows how to sew, but doesn’t have time to make it through the pile of fabric that they just had to have.

I also read labels, before I make a purchase and again before that first trip to my washing machine or the dry cleaner. While I am a careful consumer, and someone who has relied on wool to make it through more than 30 Michigan winters, I must confess that the Federal Trade Commission cares a lot more about the details of wool labeling than I do.  Read More ›

Categories: Compliance, Fashion, Manufacturing

Grow Your Business with Foster Swift's SEED Group

The decisions an entrepreneur makes at the earliest stages of a business startup are critically important to the business's success.  From entity formation to fundraising to intellectual property strategies, the legal foundation that is laid from the outset can accelerate growth and increase options down the road. Read More ›

Categories: Entity Planning, Financing, Intellectual Property

Are You Personally Liable for Your Business's Debts?

business debtsIs your business structured so that you won't be personally responsible for your business's debts? Business owners might be surprised to learn that they can be held personally liable for their business's debts. But it's true, due to a concept called "piercing the corporate veil."

Whether a business owner is personally liable for business debts depends in part on the business's entity type. Learn more about which entity types offer a high degree of liability protection, here.

Categories: Entity Planning

Who Will be Next?

The surprising death of Prince, not long after the death of Zaha Hadid, makes me wonder who will be next. I am not morbidly wondering what great artist, architect or designer will soon leave this world. I am instead wondering who will be the next person who will transform the ordinary. I admire everyone who envisions and creates music, art or form, in a building or on a body, which is truly transformative. I am blessed to have the opportunity to be inspired by Hadid’s work every time I drive through East Lansing.   Read More ›

Categories: News & Events

Does your Design House have a Firm Foundation?

Lansing and Detroit fashion incubator participants have heard me extol the values of forming a business entity. However the topic often comes up in a manner that doesn’t accommodate a detailed discussion of selecting the right business entity. If you have yet to choose the entity that will provide the correct foundation for your fledgling business, or you formed an entity but question your choice, I am pleased to share with you a series of five articles regarding entity selection written by my partner, Joel Farrar. Joel specializes in entity selection, entity formation and taxation. Please take a look at Joel’s first article, Protect Yourself From the Risk of a Sole Proprietorship, and keep an eye on Fosterfashion for the next four articles, which will be published over the course of the next four months.

Categories: Entity Planning

Getting Your Design House in Order

designOn Tuesday, February 16, 2016, The Runway, Lansing’s fashion incubator, kicked off its 2016 Fashion 411 speaker series with the highly energetic duo, Claire and Shawn Buitencorp of Shock & Awww. Foster Swift was proud to be a sponsor of the event, but I did not prompt them to advise attendees to take care of legal matters. I was, of course, pleased to hear that advice coming from this successful duo, along with their advice to know when to rely on others to advance your business and the importance of research. Read More ›

Categories: Entity Planning, Intellectual Property, Trademarks

Labels: A Necessary Pain in the Neck

Garment TagIf you manufacture, import, sell, offer to sell, or distribute garments or textiles for household use, you need to know about labels.  If you don’t know precisely what you must label, or know the necessary content or location of your label, I highly recommend reading Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts, published by the Federal Trade Commission.  Threading Your Way is a much easier read than the Textile Products Identification Act, 15 U.S.C. § 70 et seq, and offers a lot of “how to” advice to include how to obtain and use a Registered Identification Number (“RIN”). Read More ›

Categories: Distribution, Manufacturing

Lansing, are you ready to roll … into production?

The designers that I have had the pleasure of meeting know that I advocate making the most of the free information that you can find on government websites and the no or low cost services available to start ups – if only you know where to look.  If you are in Lansing, check out LEAP’s new Lansing PROTO.  I am particularly pleased to see help with crowdfunding, which can be such a valuable tool for fashion design.

Categories: Crowdfunding, Fashion, News & Events