Crombie boss Alan Lewis has agreed to buy the rights to the Tommy Nutter and Nutters of Savile Row brands, ending a four-year legal dispute with current boss of Nutters of Savile Row David Mason.
The agreement relates to the name of the late Savile Row tailor Tommy Nutter, who before his death in 1992 dressed the likes of Mick Jagger and Elton John, and an associated brand Nutters of Savile Row.
Lewis used to own the rights to the Tommy Nutter name. However, in February 2013 the UK Intellectual Property Office decided to revoke those rights on the grounds of non-use and award them to Nutters of Savile Row owner David Mason instead.
As reported by Drapers, Lewis appealed against the decision the following October, arguing he had kept the name in use.
In November 2013, the High Court ruled the “minimal activity” of Crombie was a “token effort” rather than a genuine attempt to use the trademark, and Lewis’s subsequent attempts to sell the rights it had registered to third parties did not give it the legal right to maintain the registration.
Lewis challenged this ruling and the case was due to be heard at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday, having been rescheduled from October.
But Mason decided to settle the case out of court and agreed to sell his rights to both the Tommy Nutter and Nutters of Savile Row names to Lewis.
He told Drapers: “We have reached an amicable agreement ahead of the court hearing which means I am no longer pursuing the Tommy Nutter brand and Crombie can move forward with it. The brand deserves to be brought back to life properly and the only way for that to happen was for the two brands [Tommy Nutter and Nutters of Savile Row] to be reunited.”
Through Monday’s settlement, Crombie will have full ownership of both brands and associated rights.
Mason said the agreement would allow him to concentrate on other things, including the Anthony Sinclair business, which was relaunched in 2012. Anthony Sinclair was founded in the late 1950s, specialising in suits, and famously dressed actor Sean Connery for his portrayal of James Bond, but the business fell dormant in 1988.
Mason said: “The brand is getting some momentum behind it now, so the deal will allow me to concentrate on Anthony Sinclair without distraction.”