BERLIN — Designer Wolfgang Joop has won a lawsuit against Joop GmbH, Hamburg, for the improper cancellation of his designer contract.
At the beginning of 2001, Joop sold his remaining 5 percent stake in Joop GmbH to the now-bankrupt parent company Wünsche, and severed relations with both Wünsche and the company that bears his name. Joop’s designer contract with Joop GmbH, however, was valid until mid-2003.
Last year, German tax authorities surprised Wünsche and Joop GmbH with a multimillion-dollar tax bill dating back to the early Nineties. On the basis of this tax bill, Joop GmbH declared the designer’s contract null and void, but did not sue him.
"If somebody says he has a case against you but doesn’t sue you, it’s customary in Germany for you to sue the other party, just to show there is no case against you," Joop’s lawyer, Daniel Ajzenszdejn, explained.
That’s exactly what Joop did. The Hamburg court decision in the designer’s favor will add up to several million dollars for Joop, who was unavailable for comment in New York. His lawyer also would not comment on the size of the settlement and executives of Joop GmbH and Wünsche could not be reached. But industry sources have estimated the final payment to the designer will be between $5 million and $6 million.
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
He designed Seymour’s dress for her 1995 wedding to Peter Brant, and treated Campbell (who famously called him Papa), like a daughter. For more on the legendary designer, tap the link in bio. #wwdfashion #alaia #azzedinealaia
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