Handbag maker to the stars Kate Spade is being sued by the bosses of a New York design firm, who claim she's using their creations and not paying up.
They claim they were hired by Spade to design a line of bags for her with the promise of earning royalties, but insist she terminated partnership after they had developed numerous lines.
They accuse Spade of "theft, betrayal and exploitation".
A spokesman for Spade, who plans to countersue, says, "The Platform suit has no merit. They never fulfilled the terms of the agreement."21/11/2003 19:11