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Former Nike designer was working on secret footwear company with Michael Jackson

Former Nike designer was working on secret footwear company with Michael Jackson

New developments on Denis Dekovic


Earlier this week, it was reported that Nike was suing three former senior employees who had left the company to join Adidas, however, the plot thickens as now another story has surfaced surrounding one of the accused designers, Denis Dekovic

After a flood of allegations regarding Nike's $10 million lawsuit against three of its former employees, Denis Dekovic is now under an even brighter spotlight. It has now been revealed through a series of emails with Highsnobiety in May, that Dekovic was planning to launch a high-end footwear company called 'Moonwalker'  with the late Michael Jackson.

"In 2008, Michael Jackson, a very good friend of mine, asked me to help him create a new brand for him," wrote Dekovic – actions that would breach his non-compete clauses he allegedly signed with Nike.

As for Jackson's role in the footwear project, according to the emails, he would serve as "a mysterious presence behind the brand" but his name would not be directly used in the product.

Dekovic however has responded to the latest claims, stating, "The 'Moonwalker' project was something I started with my friend Michael Jackson before I signed my non-compete in 2012," adding that, "Since his death, the project has been in hiatus, I did not intend to launch any Moonwalker line during my non-compete period, and I do not have investors."

Take a look at the court documents and email correspondence below: 

 

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