Podcast Episodes

Episode 20: Fashion’s hot and cold relationship with Copyright Law

The Fashion Hags are back for our 20th episode, as sassy, tangent ridden, and foul mouthed as ever! This weeks topic is Fashion’s odd relationship with Copyright Law, listen to the Hags discuss below:


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Right off the top we remember to get to our Worn Stories and share one from a listener too!

Katie regales us with a tale involving her sister, a coyote, and her sassy Aunt’s fur coat that she was lucky enough to inherit.

The coyote was no match for Katie’s aunt (allegedly).

Evan reminisces about his time spent in Northern France, where he fell in love with and left behind a beautiful WWII era military jacket. Fast forward a few years later and he finds a very similar version in Vancouver’s now defunct Deluxe Junk.

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A major TBT featuring the surrogate jacket from Deluxe Junk. The signature RBF is ever present.

Abby’s favourite sneakers have seen many bands over the years. Thanks Vision Streetwear!


Abby’s Aunt Sheila gifted these sneakers to her after a trip to Bangkok, several years before Evan was born.

Our topic this episode is the tenuous relationship between fashion design and copyright law. Did you know that here in North America you can’t copyright or trademark a specific design or design element on a garment? Europe has different laws but have the same result – which can lead to knock off and companies copying each other. But is that a bad thing?

A TedTalk by Johanna Blakley acts as our main resource for the topic; Super insightful and choc-a-bloc with information. Check it out here:

We mention the famous court battle Christian Louboutin VS. Yves Saint Laurent and The Case of the Red Sole. Read all about it at Vogue.co.uk.

Below are some links to other fashion copyright cases and snafus, give ’em a click and wince at the blatant “CTRL+C” mess of it all. Thanks to The Fashion Law, Fashionista, and The Business of Fashion for the hookup!




And now! Obsessions!

Look no further because Katie has found the perfect summer beverage: Broken Ladder Cider from BC Tree Fruits Cider Co. Crisp, cool, and refreshing for those days on the beach.

Evan takes us on the wild ride that is Joanne The Scammer. Created by Instagram personality Branden Miller, Joanne is the expert on all things forgery, fraud, and drama. As Evan’s choppy explanation shows, Joanne needs to be experienced to be understood. Do yourselves a favour and check it out at @iambranden on Instagram and @joanneprada on Twitter.

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Abby’s taste for phone cases are nothing if not consistent. This is the one she she keeps buying, by artist Brandon Bird.

Screen shot 2016-07-26 at 2.28.49 PMAnd some more of Abby’s favourites for your viewing pleasure.

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Thanks for listening! As always, you can follow us on:

Twitter @fashionhagspod
Facebook at Fashion Hags Podcast.


Got an idea for an episode? Email us at fashionhags@gmail.com, we love hearing from y’all!

Find Abby on Instagram @abbyshumka
Find Katie on Instagram @redbirdsuite, also check out her blog redbirdsuite.wordpress.com
Find Evan on Instagram @evanducharmestudio & @evndchrm, also check out his website at http://www.evanducharme.com

Remember: keep your pants on, it’s only fashion.


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