Carolina Herrera sues Oscar de la Renta's Laura Kim
The lawsuit seeks to bar Oscar de la Renta's co-creative director Laura Kim from work
[Updated 22 December 2016] The Carolina Herrera company has issued a statement, revealing that the court has granted a "temporary restraining order" in favour of the non-compete contract, which it called "fair and plainly-worded."
Carolina Herrera is pleased the court today granted a temporary restraining order that upholds the non-compete agreement we signed with our former senior designer. As the court ruled, the non-compete agreement was fair and plainly-worded.
At all times, Carolina Herrera was faithful to the letter and spirit of our agreement, and we will continue to ethically and forcefully protect our business interests. Our focus now remains on continuing to introduce new collections that embody the spirit of timeless elegance and refinement for which Carolina Herrera is known.
American fashion designer Carolina Herrera has filed a lawsuit against Laura Kim, the current co-creative director at Oscar de la Renta. The charges are based on the violated non-complete cause in Kim's contract when she left the Carolina Herrera brand, where she served as vice president of design for a short time, to work at Oscar de la Renta in September this year.
According to Page Six, Kim had turned down an offer of US$1 million from CH CEO Francois Kress to become the brand's creative director in July (she joined the company in January 2016). She had worried that she would not have full creative control over the brand as Herrera would frequently take charge despite being transitioned out of her role as creative director.
"Kim made it known to CH that she wanted to be creative director, in effect displacing Carolina Herrera herself," the suit reportedly says. "When that move failed, Kim left for the creative designer job at Oscar de la Renta in September."
After Kim's departure from CH, sales plunged and now the brand seeks to have Kim barred from working at de la Renta until April 2017. The lawsuit adds that Kim made Carolina Herrera the "most successful ever in its 35-year history."