Hedi Slimane Sues Kering Over Non-Compete Clause
The Hedi Slimane and Kering saga continues!
Former Saint Laurent‘s creative director, Hedi Slimane wants his non-compete clause reinstated.
Slimane and the Kering-owned Saint Laurent officially parted ways in April (see it here). The news shocked the fashion realm, given the commercial success of Slimane‘s designs. Anthony Vaccarello, former creative director of Versace‘s sister line, Versus is Slimane‘s successor.
Three months after leaving the French luxury house, the designer’s relationship with his former employer has taken another twist. Slimane has entered into legal proceedings with Kering because he wants the company to reinstate the non-compete clause that it lifted at the time of his departure.
Reuters broke the news first and Kering confirmed the lawsuit in a statement and said it concerned Slimane‘s non-competition obligation. According to Reuters, “Kering said it had lifted this clause at the end of Slimane’s contract, freeing him from this potential constraint.”
It added that Slimane – “who has designed clothes for celebrities including singer David Bowie and actor Brad Pitt – is now requesting that this clause still be applied and that the financial compensation for it be paid.”
“Kering said the disagreement does not alter the group’s recognition for Slimane’s contribution, who it said has reformed the fashion house during his four-year tenure as creative director.”
A non-compete agreement can prevent an employee from taking a job that would put him or her in direct competition with an employer — so in Slimane‘s case, joining another luxury brand as creative director — for a specified duration of time.
Kering, a Paris-based luxury conglomerate also owns Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Stella McCartney, Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Brioni, Puma, among other brands.
Slimane has been rumored to be replacing Karl Lagerfeld at Chanel and it was also rumored that he will take the helm at Calvin Klein.
We’ll be following this story. Stay tuned as new details emerge.
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