MILAN — A city court here has rejected all of Romeo Gigli’s claims in his suit against IT Holding and Prandina SpA, the brand’s former owner and its current licensee, respectively.

As part of the suit, Gigli was demanding the two companies pay him $54 million as a reimbursement for royalties and consultancy fees.

The judge ruled that IT Holding’s sale of the Romeo Gigli brand in April to Euroholding was legitimate and that, contrary to the designer’s claims, IT Holding supported the label and was not responsible for its shrinking sales while under its ownership. In addition, the designer has no right to stop production and distribution of products under his namesake brand even if he no longer designs them, as long as consumers are aware of this.

The court told Gigli he had to pay the legal fees of all the parties involved, which have yet to be determined.

IT Holding also owns the Gianfranco Ferré and Malo brands.

This story first appeared in the September 17, 2004 issue of WWD. Subscribe Today.

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