Starting a New Line/Brand Feedback Thread

Jan 25, 2013 @ 18:39
Anybody have input on at what point you should register your business and be legitimate?

If you are serious about doing fashion that should be the first step. I have seen to many people get their logos copied or yet alone stolen by another company.
Word. I kind of wish I did when I first started, but I was under the impression that it's okay not to be registered or anything as long as your under the radar. Any more advice?

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Jan 25, 2013 @ 18:42
@happenclothing - I agree with @vega_box.. if you're serious, you need to go ahead and purchase all domains that can be used for that company name and also register it as a business. If you want to take a further step; get an LLC established, etc.  The last and biggest, long drawn out process is trademarking. It takes a legal team and some work and time to get that to process but once you do; then you OWN it for sure.
I see. Yeah, I've been looking into getting the LLC, just seems more of a safer option rather than putting it all on the line with a sole proprietorship.

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Jan 25, 2013 @ 20:55
these hoodies are available http://
what do you guys think?
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Jan 25, 2013 @ 21:30
Hey everybody,
I'm new to the forum but not street wear. I am working day and night on launching my own brand FEND, and starting off with a line of snapback hats. They aren't 5 panel, but hoping to get some of those soon. Here's a sneak peek at 3 of them. What do yall think?


Website is in the works, everything is out of stock (obviously) right now. http://www.FENDStreetwear.com
Damn the recession is hitting the fashion world hard

In other news, loving the new lines from Gucc and Prad 

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Jan 25, 2013 @ 21:38
@happenclothing - I agree with @vega_box.. if you're serious, you need to go ahead and purchase all domains that can be used for that company name and also register it as a business. If you want to take a further step; get an LLC established, etc.  The last and biggest, long drawn out process is trademarking. It takes a legal team and some work and time to get that to process but once you do; then you OWN it for sure.
I see. Yeah, I've been looking into getting the LLC, just seems more of a safer option rather than putting it all on the line with a sole proprietorship.
Getting the LLC is quite easy, and is a much safer route than a sole proprietorship. Just in case anything happens like your business get's sued or you get in a car accident while doing business things, only your business is at fault and they can't go after your own assets. The only down side is you have to file annual taxes and re do your LLC every year. Also, once you are a registered entity it's best to probably go ahead and get a sales tax certificate so you don't have to pay taxes on your shirt blanks, screen printing, etc. But, this also means you have to charge sales tax which can kinda of be a bummer to customers and have to file quarterly taxes (which can be a real bitch if you don't do it in a timely manner). For example, we got our sales tax certificate a few quarters after we got the LLC and they tried to hit us with a $4,000 back tax charge but since we didn't have the certificate yet it was all good. As long as you stay up on your records and keep things organized and plan ahead you should be able to handle it. If you're just starting though I wouldn't rush into all of this unless you're 100% sure this is what you want to venture in and have done the research and will make this worth the work. Hope that helps. 

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Jan 25, 2013 @ 21:41
Also, the certificate and validity of having the LLC can help get accounts like Alstyle, Flexfit, and bigger wholesale companies. Having the Federal Identification that comes with the LLC also allows you open a business bank account and make things official. 

http://thedividedminds.com/

Jan 25, 2013 @ 22:39
I just launch my new website, I'd like to know your thoughts.
I'm in love with minimalism and I wanted the website to be as simple as possible
Check it at http://brand.rawtee.com
The way the anarchy A goes into the R<
As for the designs, I wouldn't wear them, but I can think of some people who would(read: people who ride trends and shout ILLUMINATITITITITIITITITITIITIOMG THEY'RE THE REASON I WORK AT WENDY'S).

Not saying you should stop, and congrats for even coming this far into it all. I'm just saying it's not my thing.

hot water

Jan 26, 2013 @ 00:24
the thing that sucks though about forming a LLC is that they cost money. in california, you start off with an 800 dollar fee once you register.

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 00:53
I just got a IND crewneck. It fits pretty nice and snug, seems like you would size down 1 though like every IND product. It would be a nice light crewneck for spring
Jan 26, 2013 @ 01:52
the thing that sucks though about forming a LLC is that they cost money. in california, you start off with an 800 dollar fee once you register.
yeah, i just saw that. it says something about paying it by april something. wouldn't it just make sense to do things officially right after then?

scheming while you're sleeping. | http://www.happenclothing.com/

Jan 26, 2013 @ 02:08

I wanted to do a R.I.P. OF shirt, too.

No real plans to sell it, although I may give out the design for freesies.

hot water

Jan 26, 2013 @ 02:33
the thing that sucks though about forming a LLC is that they cost money. in california, you start off with an 800 dollar fee once you register.
yeah, i just saw that. it says something about paying it by april something. wouldn't it just make sense to do things officially right after then?
Yeah? I'm from Florida and ours is only $125 annually. That sucks though from the sound of it. 

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 09:40
@happenclothing Do not spend any money on legal until you have something worth protecting (money wise) and also have the money to hire an attorney for a drawn out legal fight. Also, everything you design is automatically protected under IP (Intellectual Property Law).

Also, like others have said, you should set up the business correctly upfront (LLC, C Corp., S Corp.) because you might have to file all this back paperwork, taxes and filings for dates you've been in business. Whether you wait or not, keep good records.

Basically, I want to correct this statement from above...

"I have seen to many people get their logos copied or yet alone stolen by another company.
"

Either they had nothing to protect ("fair use") or they couldn't afford a lawyer.

Anywhere here's a decent link (I didn't real all of it..)
http://myows.com/blog/copyright-basics-for-graphic-designers-part-1/

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 11:48
Hey everyone this is one of the concepts for our spring/summer line-up what do you think pass or fail?
Feel free to check out more of this spring/summer candidates at http://www.kitelifeclothing.com/


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Jan 26, 2013 @ 11:51
This is one thats a little more cause driven and political inspired to say the least blushing tongueface

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 11:55
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Jan 26, 2013 @ 12:54
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Did you design these shirts in fuckin Paint? Please tell me you're trolling. PLEASE.

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 12:59

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:02

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:03

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:03

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:04

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:05

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:06

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:07

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:08

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 13:09

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Jan 26, 2013 @ 15:27
Kite Life i really do hope you're trolling. If you're not I advise you to go back to the drawing board, these designs are horrible.
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