As we are approaching the end of 2021, our colleagues from across the globe have come together to look at the current issues that the fashion and retail industry is facing. After a long period of disruption, the fashion and retail industry is adapting to the demands from consumers with ESG and digital as key areas of growth.

In this edition of Law à la Mode we look at the “athleisure” fashion trend and the increase in M&A activity in this area as retailers are trying to get a slice of the market.

There is lots of content aimed addressing different aspects of ESG. We look at some of the key themes and observations for the retail sector from the Green Zone sessions at the COP26 Climate Change Conference, how to make sure that ESG advertising based claims don’t get you into regulatory hot water and how new laws in France to tackle waste will impact the fashion industry.

The word from the industry’s mouth in this edition is an insightful interview with Brianne West, the founder of Ethique, the world’s first regenerative beauty and personal care.