The Balenciaga vs Ghesquière dispute continues← Back
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Over the past couple of weeks, the fashion world has been following the evolution of the Balenciaga vs. Ghesquière case with baited breath.
Nicolas Ghesquière’s former employer Balenciaga is suing him for breach of contract following the publication of an interview with the designer. In Spring 2013, shortly after leaving the label, Ghesquière spoke out against Balenciaga in the London-based magazine System, saying “I began to feel as though I was sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things."
French designer Nicolas Ghesquière has been artistic director at Louis Vuitton since November 2013, previous to which he’d been at Balenciaga since 1997. In 2012 he received 6.7 million euros from Balenciaga in compensation for the early termination of his contract, following differences between both parties.
Part of the agreement when terminating the contract established that Ghesquière could not make any comments that might tarnish the brand’s image. The fashion house consequently took Ghesquière to court demanding that he pay 7 million euros in damage. Both parties have now agreed to settle the dispute in an out of court mediation, at the suggestion of the president of the Tribunal de Grande Instance.