PARIS — Goyard is sticking to its guns.
The historical French trunk-maker said it would appeal a decision on Jan. 19 by the Paris Commerce Court ordering the company to pay damages totaling 100,000 euros, or $113,970 at current exchange, to leather goods maker Fauré Le Page, WWD has learned.
Goyard has been accused of restrictive competitive practices vis-à-vis its competitor at the Hankyu Hanshin department store in Osaka, where the brand has allegedly exercised its power to have Fauré Le Page be moved from being near Goyard in Hankyu’s foreign luxury department to a less favorable location.
A lawyer from BMH Avocats, representing Goyard, told WWD he does not expect a decision in the appeals hearing before the end of this year.
Meanwhile, in a separate legal case, a judge in Paris’ Civil Court recently rejected Goyard’s claims that Fauré Le Page practiced unfair competition and trademark infringement. That case centered on the two firms’ logo canvas.
Goyard, which dates back to 1792, is considering appealing that decision, which was handed down on Jan. 30. The two heritage brands have been disputing the case since October 2012.
Fauré Le Page, a former firearms manufacturer of the French royals, was established in 1717, although its activities as a contemporary fashion brand date back to 2009. The company today proposes hunting-inspired luxury leather goods.