Balenciaga is suing former creative director Nicolas Ghesquiere for a “breach of duty of confidentiality." We’re guessing the French fashion house read the designer's interview with System magazine back in April. You know, the one where Ghesquiere talked about his decision to leave after 15 years.
How did he put it? Oh, yes, “I began to feel as though I was being sucked dry, like they wanted to steal my identity while trying to homogenize things,” he told System. He also said the company “lacked direction” and left him feeling “too alone.”
Now French magazine Challenges is reporting that bit of candid disclosure above could come with a price. “Balenciaga—which is owned by Kering, formerly known as PPR—is filing charges against the designer for breach of duty in confidentiality,” according to Vogue UK. Uh oh.
Ghesquiere may or may not be in the running to take over for Marc Jacobs at Louis Vuitton if the latter's contract isn’t renewed. Ghesquiere hasn’t said anything one way or another about his next move in the fashion industry but he might want to come up with something fast!
Sadly, this isn’t the first time a brand has sued a former designer. J.Crew sued a former designer for “breaching its duty of confidentiality, unfair competition, and misappropriation.” Though, Chris Burch, Tory Burch’s ex-husband wasn’t a designer at the company, the two former business partners were locked in a heated lawsuit until recently. At the other end of the spectrum, John Galliano sued former employer Dior for wrongful dismissal.
… This will definitely get interesting.