Barbara Kolsun is a leading fashion industry attorney, a Professor of Practice at Cardozo Law School in New York City and the editor of Fashion Law – A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury), now in its second edition, as well as Fashion Law (Carolina Press, 2016), the first casebook covering the emerging issues in fashion law, and most recently, a co-editor of 2020 first edition of The Business and Law of Fashion (Carolina Academic Press).
She is Director of Cardozo’s FAME Center (fashion, arts, media and entertainment), the first law school program providing training and development opportunities relating to the representation of businesses driven by the creative process. She developed the first joint JD/MBA course in Fashion Law and Business at New York University and has also taught at Fordham Law School and guest lectured at dozens of law schools and fashion schools.
She started the legal departments at three “startups” – Kate Spade, Seven for All Mankind and Stuart Weitzman and was the first General Counsel to all three companies. She was Assistant GC at Calvin Klein Jeans and Westpoint Stevens and has probably been through more mergers than most lawyers in the fashion business. While in private practice, her clients included Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
Barbara currently consults with fashion companies on various issues and was honoured with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by the Luxury Summit and the World Trademark Forum, and another lifetime achievement award from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. This year she received the Alumni Association Award from Cardozo Law School and the Honoring Women in Entertainment Award from Brooklyn Law School. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and published widely on fashion law around the world.