Reached by phone on Wednesday, the British designer said that the Milan Court declared that Moschillo as well as his companies Gioia Milano srl, Moschillo srl and Biver srl, cannot use any label and trademark including the names John Richmond and Richmond.
The court’s decision follows legal action taken by Richmond and Luxembourg-based Fashion East, the company which last November acquired the John Richmond brand from Akkurate Ltd. At that time, Saverio Moschillo was one of the main shareholders, with a 50 percent stake.
“This is a very simple case of copyright infringement,” said Richmond. “The court’s decision was clear — Moschillo has no right to use my name.”
Richmond also said that he is currently 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.
“Footwear, bags and swimwear will be back on the market from the spring 2017 season, while we will restart with sportswear and ready-to-wear with the next fall season,” Richmond said.
The designer added that he hopes to make a comeback on the catwalk next January. “I would love to show both the men’s and women’s collections in January and February, respectively,” he said, admitting that he would like to show one in London and one in Milan. “I still have to take the final decision but the brand is both British and Italian so I’d like to take advantage of this situation.”