This is another bitter high-end fashion fight.
Vogue veteran Andre Leon Talley is being moved out of his $ 1 million New York home, with the former CEO of Manolo Blahnik USA alleging the former editor is behind $ 500,000 in rent.
Tally dramatically dropped out with her former close friend, George Malkemus with high-powered shoes – which expanded Manolo Blahnik in the US and recently partnered with Sarah Jessica Parker in her SJP collection.
Malkamus has now initiated legal action against Tally so that he can be taken out of the white ground property of the palace.
The 72-year-old Tally has long insisted that the historic 11-room colonial home, with magnificent gardens at 75 Worthington Road, is his own, stating The New York Times is telling in 2018, “This is my sanctuary.”
But new court papers seen by Page Six alleged that the real owner is Malkemus and her business partner and husband Anthony Yurgitis, who bought the house in 2004 for just $ 1 million.
The pair had known Tally for nearly 40 years. Nevertheless, on November 12, 2020, Malcolmus, “sentenced to a summary non-payment proceeding in White Plains City Court … representing the alleged arrears in a judgment against Tally in the amount of $ 515,872.97 to be taken out of the house.” Demanded, “new court papers state.
Tally – who was hired by Ana Wintour as creative director of Vogue in 1988, was the first African-American man to ever hold the position – in the Westchester Supreme Court on January 25, 2021, against Malcolmus and Urugitis Responded by filing a lawsuit.
He claims the pair, who were “longtime trusted friends,” agreed to buy a home and title for him when they paid him a $ 1,020,000 purchase price.
While Malkemus and Urgitis are behind in the tally rent, the former Vogue editor-at-large filed charges, “The action stems from an improper attempt to evict the tally from the defendants’ house … which is their right, so that They can sell property. “
He claims that he has been living at home since January 2020 with a total purchase of $ 1,075,588 and has paid more than the purchase price, with his court papers stating: “He has paid hundreds to maintain and improve third parties The house has paid thousands of dollars. “
Ironically, the pride of place in the house includes many items from Blahnik, including a sketch of a shoe by a famous designer.
But it has been alleged that Malkemus and Yurgitis have now sought a compromise on a “never-ending” lease to enrich themselves by forcing Tally from home, allegedly from Tally for “arrears”. Asked for an additional $ 515,872.97 and sold the house outright. Their own benefits.
The papers state that, “Over time, as friends, Tally and Malkemus assisted each other not only in professional matters, but also in personal matters … as they rose and found in the fashion world That their circumstances change frequently and the demand for their time is increasing. “
The papers allege that in 1999, Tally was required to purchase a new car, but was unable to do so due to a “problem with his credit”. Malkemus allegedly offered to buy the car on his own behalf using $ 45,000 in funds provided by Tally.
Then in 2004, Tally was renting a house that developed a mold problem and needed to find a new place near New York. “At the time, Tally’s work hours were particularly demanding and she could not obtain traditional financing,” the lawsuit claims.
Instead, Tally’s lawsuit alleges, Malcolmus and Urgitis entered into a “gentlemanly agreement” and that Talelli would provide a down payment of $ 120,000 and that Malkemus and Urgitis “bought their own homes to benefit Talley.” Will pay and use the funds. “
“The parties agreed that Tally would occupy, care for and care exclusively for the house. It was agreed and always understood that Tally would periodically ‘pay off’ the balance of the purchase price paid by the defendants, after which the point title would be formally transferred to Tally. ‘ ‘Former editor’s legal paper claims.
“In the meantime, the defendants will hold title to beneficial ownership of Tally.”
But, grossing approximately $ 1,075,558 as of January 1, 2020, “Tally made relevant payments over time determined by the flow of his income.”
The papers described a very unusual arrangement that, “While Tally has been in the house since 2004 to the present, he has made episodic payments to defendants that he deemed an equity payment.
“The timing and amount of these episodic payments was based on Tally’s cash flow. … Tally never made these payments to the defendants on a monthly basis, and was not asked. “
Tally has also alleged in that lawsuit that he personally spent $ 200,000 to maintain the home, which had windows and shutters in place of the roof and advertising boilers, with at least $ 200,000 spent on improvements. Happened.
But, “In spite of this, in March or around 2020, defendants began discussions with Tally to sell the house completely for their own financial gain.”
“They started asking him to pay extra or vacate the house so that it could be sold to a third party.”
Tally claims in his filing that the discussion took place just before the bankruptcy petition against Manolo Blahnik USA.
“In exchange for his decades of friendship and trust, on November 12, 2020, Malcolmus commenced a non-payment proceeding in White Plains City Court… to get Tally out of the house and for a penny against Tally in the amount of $ 515,872.” For the verdict, 97 represent the alleged arrears. “
“Since 2004 Tally has always worked with understanding the house, and that the arrangement can be formalized upon repayment of the purchase price of the home.”
But, “because writing this promise was not reduced, Tally has no adequate measure of law.” He is demanding that he be allowed to stay in the house and the title be transferred to him.
Tally retired from full-time editing in 2014 and most recently taught remotely at the Parsons School of Design in Paris.
But she is no stranger to drama and recently published a banging book, “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir”, which was important to Wintour. He describes his relationship with her “In an iceberg.”
Upon arriving on page six on Sunday, Tally’s attorney Eric B. Venick declined to comment.
Malkemus and Urugitis lawyer Edward David said, “The complaint only tells them [Talley’s] Side of the story.
“We have not yet filed our reply or counter notification which will explain the actual story.
“Remember, the initial complaint was for eviction in Greenberg Town Court. Malkemus and Urugitis are the record owners of the house and want to sell it.
“The tally is over $ 300,000 in rent. He is desperate to live and he expresses his ‘story’.