First Lady and A-list-favoured designer Naeem Khan is sued by fabric suppliers over unpaid $10,000 bill
Mr Khan's gowns have been worn by Michelle Obama, Eva Longoria and Rosie Huntington-WhiteleyHe insists he was overcharged by Jakob Schlaepfer Inc and Filtex of Switzerland, but will pay because he 'doesn't want the headache'
22:13 GMT, 13 September 2012
One of Michelle Obama's favourite designers has been sued by two fabric suppliers over an unpaid bill.
Naeem Khan, whose gowns have been worn by the First Lady since 2009, was invoiced $10,521 by Jakob Schlaepfer Inc and Filtex of Switzerland for fabrics for his spring 2012 collection.
The merchants told a Manhattan Supreme Court on Tuesday that the fee was still owing for two bolts of fabric – a satin and a printed organza – delivered in January this year.
First Lady seal of approval: Michelle Obama put Naeem Khan on the map when she wore one of his gowns to a state dinner in November 2009
But Mr Khan insists that, at $120 a yard, he was overcharged, and that the bill should have been around 10per cent of the final figure.
He told the New York Daily News: 'This was a print on organza. The price of organza is $12 to $15 a yard.
They wanted more than $100 a yard to put a print on it…
High-end: Naeem Khan's designs sell for upwards of $2,000
'It's not that we don't pay our vendors,' he continued. 'We do. It's just that you don't gouge a designer.'
Mr Khan, whose dresses sell for upwards of $2,000 and have also been worn by Eva Longoria and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, said that he had worked with Jakob Schlaepfer Inc for years, and that they usually haggle over price on delivery.
But on this occasion, he told the paper, the supplier made the delivery late, and also refused to be moved on the cost.
He explained that the reason a price had not been agreed prior to the fabric being printed was because it was a bespoke design, and it is not possible to establish a value on a custom order until it has been made.
Sartorial hit: Mrs Obama, pictured with Jimmy Kimmel, in Naeem Khan at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner in April
Eva Longoria at Cannes in 2010 (left) and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley in June 2011 (right), both in Naeem Khan creations
Mr Khan said that he would pay the outstanding bill, only because 'I don't want the headache.'
He added that he would never consider working with Jakob Schlaepfer Inc and Filtex of Switzerland again, though.