Milly RTW Spring 2019

HL Group wants contemporary fashion brand Milly LLC to pay its bills. The marketing company sued Milly Thursday in New York state court, claiming that despite its “repeated demands,” Milly still owes it some $113,000 in retainer and consulting fees for work it did over the course of 2018, as well as expenses.

HL Group’s breach of contract suit says Milly violated its consulting agreement with the marketing firm dating back to 2015, which they renewed annually since. The contract required Milly to pay it a $15,000 monthly retainer as well as $12,500 for its work on fashion shows. But Milly has been delinquent on several months of payments including for much of the second half of 2018, HL Group claims.

“Defendant promised to pay plaintiff for the services to be performed and the expenses to be incurred at the defendant’s request,” HL Group said in the complaint. “Plaintiff has repeatedly requested that the defendant pay these sums.”  

Milly was cofounded in 2001 by Michelle Smith, the brand’s creative director and her husband Andrew Oshrin, its president. Oshrin did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.

In February, Milly did not have a fashion show, but instead opted for what a spokeswoman described as “a less formal activation.”

She added, “We consider this pause an opportunity to see a new way to drive media impressions.”