Tamara Mellon, a co-founder of Jimmy Choo, is launching a legal case against her former company. According to Sky News, Mellon has accused Jimmy Choo of asking leading Italian leather suppliers to commit to refusing to work with Tamara Mellon Brand LLC, a luxury fashion house Mellon launched in 2013.
As a result, Mellon said the company is unable to secure “suitable production capacity” for her line of luxury footwear, handbags and accessories.
Mellon is credited with bringing Jimmy Choo to international prominence. However, she left the label in 2011 in protest over an equity plan that required the management team to invest their own money in the business and hold their share for seven years.
In a statement issued to Sky News, a Jimmy Choo spokesman confirmed that the company received a letter and said it was evaluating it. The spokeman said: “Our initial assessment is that the complaint has no merit and will be vigorously contested. We plan to make no further comment until the process is completed.”