PARIS — Serge Weinberg, chief executive of Pinault-Printemps-Redoute, was said to be hot under the collar after reading Tom Ford’s exit interview in these columns Friday, in which the designer called Weinberg “naïve” about the fashion industry.

More contentiously, Ford insisted control — not money — was the real reason contract negotiations with PPR broke down last November, meaning he will exit the Italian group after a 10-year reign at the creative helm of Gucci and three years at Yves Saint Laurent.

“I have a lot of respect for Tom’s talent, and I understand his disappointment,” Weinberg said in response to Ford’s comments. “His presentation of the negotiations is completely inaccurate. In accordance with our commitment, I will make no comment at this stage.”

It is understood that the gloves won’t come off until April 30, when Ford and Gucci Group chief executive Domenico De Sole officially exit their posts — and confidentiality agreements expire.

In the interview, Ford questioned PPR’s strategy to have a trio of designers helming Gucci, which is expected to be announced this week.

At Stella McCartney’s show on Sunday morning, Weinberg declined to elaborate on his statement, saying, “I am the ceo of a public company and I won’t make statements like [Ford’s].”

François-Henri Pinault, chairman of Artemis and the man who is said to have balked at Ford’s contract demands, also declined to comment.

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