Reuters reported that the dispute concerned the non-compete clause in his contract–which Kering lifted when he left–meaning that Slimane was permitted to work for other fashion brands with immediate effect. Ex-Saint Laurent designer Hedi Slimane has launched a lawsuit against his former employer, Kering, just two months after his departure as creative director of the fashion house.
However, the French designer wants the commonly applied clause (which financially takes care of former employees) reinstated.
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“Kering lifted this clause at the end of Hedi Slimane’s contract, thus freeing him from this potential constraint,” the company said in areplique montre statement.
“Hedi Slimane is requesting that this clause be applied still, along with the effective payment of the financial compensation that goes with it.”
Kering said the disagreement does not alter the group’s recognition of Slimane’s contribution, noting that he reformed the fashion house during his four-year tenure as creative director.