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One of the wedding gown industry’s biggest designers is embroiled in a legal battle with fashion house JLM Couture Inc.
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Hayley Paige Gutman, 35, took to Instagram on Monday to announce her resignation as a head designer at the multilabel bridal house.
In her eight-and-a-half-minute video, Gutman explained that JLM had sued her while the pair were in the middle of contract negotiations, and now she is locked out of the branded social media accounts that bear her name, per court order, including Miss Hayley Paige, Blush by Hayley Paige, Hayley Paige Occasions and La Petite Hayley Paige.
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Combined, the accounts have well over 1.42 million followers on Instagram alone. However, what was once Gutman’s own personal account, Miss Hayley Paige, has an Instagram following of around 1.1 million. The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York also granted JLM access to Gutman’s TikTok and Pinterest accounts.
Gutman went on to urge her followers to stay updated with the case on All That Glitters on the Gram – the Instagram account she has dedicated to her podcast.
“Going forward, I will no longer be associated with any of their products, including the designs and dresses which bear my name. JLM Couture has convinced a court, for at least the time being, to prevent me from even using my own name in public in any business context, possibly even including announcing what they have done to me,” Gutman said in a press release. “At present, I am not even allowed to remove my personal photos or thoughts from these accounts.”
A spokesperson for JLM Couture has argued that Gutman still has access to her namesake accounts and that her resignation was a shock for the brand.
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“JLM Couture encourages, and would welcome, Hayley to work with us to publish on the brand’s Instagram and other social media platforms posts that are supportive of the Hayley Paige brands,” JLM’s spokesperson wrote to FOX Business via email. “We have worked collaboratively with Hayley and the dedicated team of designers and assistants to fund and build the brand into the success it is today. We continue to hold Hayley in the highest regard and hope to resolve any differences.”