Tamara Mellon in legal broil with Jimmy Choo
Tamara Mellon is fighting a legal battle with Jimmy Choo.
The designer helped set up the famous shoe brand alongside Choo but left the company in 2011, when it was acquired by Labelux.
She proceeded to set up a self-named brand in 2013 but is now accusing Jimmy Choo of anti-competitive practices, allegedly aimed to hurt her label.
According to reports, Mellon’s lawyers are claiming Jimmy Choo asked leading Italian leather suppliers to commit to not working with Tamara Mellon Brand LLC.
A letter apparently reads Mellon has been "unable to secure suitable production capacity for… luxury leather products and (its) business consequently has been impaired".
According to the letter, the supposed restrictions imposed by Jimmy Choo are in breach of EU anti-trust laws.
In a statement, Jimmy Choo’s spokesman told Sky News: "Our initial assessment is that the complaint has no merit and will be vigorously contested. We plan to make no further comment until the process is completed."
A spokesperson for Mellon could not be reached.
It’s known that Mellon and Choo’s relationship is tense and that Mellon wasn’t happy about the equity plan at the company, one of her reasons for leaving.
"I didn't like the equity plan that had been put in place. The management team were asked to invest their own money in the business and hold their shares for seven years, which would then be subject to income tax and not come under capital gains. I felt it was unfair," she previously said in an interview with The Sunday Times.