By  on September 4, 2013

PARIS — Lawyers for designer Nicolas Ghesquière have until Oct. 15 to prepare their arguments fending off a case brought against him by Balenciaga, his former employer, for remarks by the designer that the fashion house deemed harmful.

Court documents obtained by WWD show Balenciaga is seeking damages of 7 million euros, or $9.2 million at current exchange, along with publication of the judgment in a variety of French fashion and business publications.

The civil case got under way here on Tuesday when the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris set that date for Ghesquière’s counsel to table its defense. Stylist Marie-Amélie Sauvé is also named in the civil suit.

Court documents say the French fashion designer was paid 6.6 million euros, or $8.7 million at current exchange, as compensation for breaking his latest employment contracts, signed in 2010 and 2012. The star designer, who was given an equity stake when then-parent Gucci Group bought Balenciaga in 2001, received 32 million euros, or $42.3 million, for the purchase of his 10 percent stake in the company.


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