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Famous Fashion Designer Sues Former Business Partners For Allegedly Destroying Her Brand

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rachel-roy-450By Andrew Scot Bolsinger

Rachel Roy, fashion designer to reality-show star Kim Kardashian has filed a more than $20 million lawsuit against her former business partners, according to published reports.

Roy filed the suit against The Jones Group, which owns a number of brands including Nine West and Anne Klein, for reportedly ruining her label. The Jones Group bought a 50% stake in the Rachel Roy label in 2008.

Roy claims The Jones Group tried to run her business into the ground by making bad decisions without her consent, according to a story in The Daily Mail.

In court papers Roy claims her partners are “working to eviscerate” her firm by “abruptly shutting down its operations [and] firing personnel that run the business.”

Roy claims she was offered full creative control when the partnership was formed. But now, she says, The Jones Group made deals behind her back.

The suit claims The Jones Group tried to sell the company for $14.6 million without consulting her.

“Jones never informed Ms. Roy before they entered into the agreements, or during the course of the business relationship, that it believed it had the right to sell off Ms. Roy’s brands and trademarks without her consent,” the documents note.

In March, The Jones Group severed ties with Roy and would announced it would not be producing her fall collection.

The Rachel Roy collection sold online and at retail stores Macy’s and Nordstrom includes dresses, denim, shoes and accessories ranging from $18 to $395, according to published reports.

Roy launched her own fashion brand in 2005 after marrying American entrepreneur and record producer, Damon Dash.

Andrew Scot Bolsinger won more than two dozen press awards during his journalism career. He is a freelance writer, author and operates www.criminalu.co, which is focused on prison reform. He can reached at Andrew.Bolsinger@gmail.com Follow @CriminalUniv on Twitter.