Hedi Slimane Wins More Than S$14 Million In Lawsuit With Saint Laurent

The former creative director sued the Kering-owned company for underpaying him

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When Hedi Slimane departed Saint Laurent in 2016, things got very messy. The designer sued the brand’s parent company, Kering, over a €10 million payout for his non-compete clause, got into an intellectual property battle with them over image rights on Saint Laurent’s online archive and then filed a lawsuit claiming that the company had underpaid him during his final year with the house. And, this week, a French court has ruled that Kering owes Slimane €9.3 million (about S$14 million) after underpaying him by that much.

Kering attempted to pay Slimane just €667,000 for his final year of work at the house, despite the fact that sales had roughly tripled for Saint Laurent during his four years with the brand, the Business of Fashion reports. Slimane’s lawyer was able to prove that the designer was owed the money due to a clause in his contract which guaranteed that the company would pay him at least €10 million per year that he worked with the brand.

Kering has confirmed that it will be appealing the court ruling, Drapers reports.

Earlier this year, Slimane was rehired by LVMH (whom he previously worked for at Dior Homme) to be the creative director of Céline, taking over from Phoebe Philo, who held the post for almost 10 years.

This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US

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