Hedi Slimane wins lawsuit against former employer Kering

Kering has been ordered to pay Slimane a sum of $13 million

By Verinia Khoo | Published: 30 Jun 2016

Slimane sues Kering
Photo: Kering/Facebook

[Updated 30 June 2016] Hedi Slimane has won his lawsuit against Kering, earning him a large sum of $13 million, according to Reuters. Slimane's attorney, Herve Temime said, "We won. I'm happy because this is a natural outcome. The contract terms were absolutely clear."


Former Saint Laurent creative director Hedi Slimane has filed a lawsuit against former employer Kering, the parent company that owns the French maison, on Wednesday.

According to Reuters, the designer has asked Kering to reinstate the non-compete clause that was in his contract. The non-compete clause prevents Slimane from working with a rival company and as of now the reasons behind his lawsuit remain unclear.

"The procedure regards the usual non-competition obligations that accompanied Hedi Slimane's collaboration with the Yves Saint Laurent maison," said Kering's statement. "Kering lifted this clause at the end of Hedi Slimane's contract, thus freeing Hedi Slimane from this potential constraint. Hedi Slimane is requesting that this clause be applied still, along with the effective payment of the financial compensation that goes with it."

However, there isn't any bad blood between the two; Kering claims that the "disagreement does not alter the group's recognition for Hedi Slimane's contribution, who, together with the Yves Saint Laurent team, has reformed the maison."

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