Fashion designer Ozwald Boateng and his company Bespoke Couture have won a drawn-out court battle with Marchpole Holdings over a licensed diffusion line.

In a judgement handed down yesterday by the Court of Appeal, Marchpole's appeal against the earlier High Court judgment regarding Debenhams' O-Z range of clothing and its related sell off period was dismissed. 
As a result, Marchpole has been ordered to pay GBP150,000 plus interest from March 2004 to Bespoke Couture Ltd - the orginal amount of compensation contractually due to Bespoke Couture for not continuing the O-Z range. 

Marchpole will also pay Bespoke Couture's substantial costs of the appeals and the bulk of the orginal trial costs.

Bespoke Couture's appeal against the injunction which would have effectively
closed its Ozwald Boateng outlet in Bicester Village was also successful. 

Ozwald Boateng, chairman of Bespoke Couture, said that the "unnecessary dispute" had forced the company to, until now, put some of its expansion plans on hold.

Marchpole accused the designer of failing to end a contract to sell his O-Z clothing range in Debenhams stores when its subsidiary, Artpower Limited, began to sell its Boateng diffusion range.

The company claimed that, as the O-Z line continued to be sold, its own profits were undermined.