The legal battle between John Richmond and his former business partner Saverio Moschillo continues.

On Tuesday, Moschillo — who was the main shareholder of Akkurate Ltd., the company which last November sold the John Richmond brand to Luxembourg-based Fashion East — said that he appealed the decision taken by the Milan Court. The court last June declared he couldn’t use any label and trademark of Richmond’s, including the names John Richmond and Richmond.

According to Moschillo, the presiding judge of the business chamber has granted his request to stay the decision until an appeal is concluded.

“I’m shocked and embittered by the behavior of John Richmond, who after 20 years of collaboration and huge investments to make the brand grow has started a legal battle which is damaging the label, causing a financial loss,” Moschillo said. “I really hope that John takes some time to reflect and abstain from ruining the brand even more.”

Richmond could not be reached for comment Tuesday, but late last month when the court’s decision was revealed he told WWD that he was working to relaunch the John Richmond brand. The designer and Fashion East have already signed licensing agreements for the production and distribution of shoes, bags, scarves, sportswear and casualwear, as well as swimwear. The goal is to get footwear, bags and swimwear back on the market in spring and to relaunch sportswear and ready-to-wear for fall, he said.

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