• Shahrina Ankhi-Krol, Esq.

4 Legal Things to Consider Before Starting a Fashion Business


Here are 4 things to consider before your start your fashion business:

  • Legal Structure - Before starting your business, you must decide on a legal structure for your business. Many considerations should factor into your decision, such as your current and future goals for your business, ease of maintaining and operating the business, potential income, and taxes. It is important to remember that not every structure is suitable for every business. The business structure you choose will have lasting legal and tax implications. There are several structures available for your business and each has its pros and cons. The most common types of business structures are: Sole Proprietorship, Partnership, C Corporation, S Corporation and Limited Liability Company (LLC).

  • Registering your “DBA” - If you decide to operate your business as a Sole Proprietor or a Partnership, you may need to register your “Doing Business As” or “DBA” name with your county clerk’s office or with your state government.Also, for those of you with existing corporations or LLCs, if you want to do business under a name other than your existing corporation or LLC name, you may need to register a DBA.

  • Licenses and Permits - In addition to registering your business with the proper governmental entities, you may also need to apply for and obtain licenses and/or permits. Every state has different requirements and you must comply with those of your state. There are federal, state, and trade licenses and permits. It is important that you comply with all the necessary requirements in order to run your business legally.

  • Protecting Your Business Identity - As a start-up or small business entity, the identity of your business is your business’s biggest asset. As such, it is highly advisable that you protect your business identity (name, logo, slogan, etc…) from its inception. By utilizing intellectual property law, such as trademark and copyright laws, your business identity will be protected and you will be able to focus on growing your business.

About Ankhi-Krol Law

Ankhi-Krol Law is a boutique law firm located in the heart of Midtown, New York City. The firm takes pride in working with ALL types of businesses in the areas of:

Business Law; Contract Law; Trademark Law; and Copyright Law

Niche focus in the following industries: Fashion, Art, Pets

Shahrina Ankhi-Krol is the founder of Ankhi-Krol Law. She started the law firm with the goal of providing accessible and transparent legal representation to small business owners after noticing that small business owners are often uninformed or ill-informed of the law. As a result, they either attempt to solve legal problems on their own or do nothing at all. Both courses of action are dangerous as “un-doing” a legal mistake – either through misfeasance or non-feasance – costs more money and time than would have been spent if the business owners obtained legal counsel from the start. Ms. Ankhi-Krol not only provides legal representation, but also provides business counseling to her clients in order to identify and address small problems before they become unmanageable.

Shahrina Ankhi-Krol, Esq.

Ankhi-Krol Law 112 W. 34 Street, 18th Floor New York, NY 10120 Phone: (212) 729-6153

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Disclaimer: This article is for informational use only. Nothing stated in this article should be regarded as legal advice. You should always consult an attorney for legal advice.

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