CALVIN KLEIN DENIES BREACH
NEW YORK — Calvin Klein Inc. denied charges by its former distributor in the Benelux countries that the designer company breached its contract when it terminated the relationship in January.
The distributor, International Fashion Products B.V., of the Netherlands, filed a $12 million suit against Klein in February, claiming the designer did not give proper notice of termination and asking that Klein be ordered to make spring 1995 merchandise available for immediate delivery to IFP.
In papers filed in federal court here, Klein said it terminated the agreement with IFP because IFP violated several provisions of its contract, including:
Secretly entering into an unauthorized agreement with a third party to sell Calvin Klein apparel in Belgium and Luxembourg.
Giving a publishing firm in Holland unauthorized rights to use photographs of Calvin Klein supermodel Kate Moss in a book.
Illegally selling Calvin Klein goods outside its territory.
Being consistently late in making payiment for Calvin Klein goods.
Failing to meet its contractually required minimum purchase commitment for 1994.
Judge John F. Keenan has not yet ruled on IFP’s request for spring merchandise.