Contact Information

  • Company: Laforma, Inc.
  • Phone: 415-290-4696
  • Cell: 415-290-4696
  • Website: www.laforma.net
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Specialties & Experience

General Specialties: Intellectual Property and Manufacturing

Specialty Focus: Footwear and Accessory Patents, Design and Utility Patent Litigation, Shoe Design, Infringement, Trade Dress, Trademark,False Advertising, Loss of Goodwill, Branding, Accessories, Fashion, Footwear Merchandising, Manufacturing, Sales & Strategy

Education: Bachelor of Science - International Business, Sacramento State University, California

Years in Practice: 30+

Number of Times Deposed/Testified in Last 4 Yrs: 4


Additional Information

Caroline de Baëre is a fashion industry veteran with 33 years of leadership experience ranging from strategic product development and merchandising through material development, sourcing and cost negotiation. Her broad range of expertise with multiple brands enables her to plan and develop compelling products consistent with current market trends to achieve precise business objectives. Caroline extensive experience in has resulted in providing expert services in the footwear and accessories industry, drafting expert reports, providing successful outcomes in trial and deposition testimony, as well as working with attorneys on design patent, utility patent, trademark and trade dress litigation. A few cases include: DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION, Plaintiff V. AUSTRALIAN LEATHER PTY LTD and ADNAN OYGUR a/k/a EDDIE OYGUR, Defendants Gavrieli, LLC, Plaintiff V. Soto Massini Corp, Soto Massini S.R.L.S. and Thomas Pichler, Defendants JOHN WAYNE ENTERPRISES, LLC, Plaintiff V. LUCCHESE, INC.; SURPLUS DISTRIBUTORS, dba COUNTRY GENERAL STORE, Defendants DECKERS OUTDOOR CORPORATION, Plaintiff V. ROMEO & JULIETTE, INC. JEZIGN LICENSING, LLC, Plaintiff, V. NIKE, INC., Defendant Expertise includes speaking engagements on panels at conferences, podcast interviews and guest lectures covering all facets of design, teaching and sustainability in footwear and accessory design and local manufacturing. Late 2018 Caroline co-founded a women’s footwear and accessory brand, the BENDY by Ashbury Skies, manufactured in her home state of California. This new collection focuses on ethically manufactured and sustainable sourcing to reduce fashion’s carbon footprint. Caroline currently holds a faculty role at California College of the Arts as a design instructor to 3rd & 4th year Fashion and Industrial design students teaching all aspects of footwear design research, inspiration and seasonal theme boards through design, development, merchandising and finally, physical 3D models.