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George Malkemus backed by fashion insiders in André Leon Talley battle

Fashion insiders are backing former Manolo Blahnik CEO George Malkemus in the messy authorized battle to evict Vogue legend André Leon Talley from his New York mansion.

The Post solely revealed Talley has filed a bombshell lawsuit in Westchester Supreme Court claiming Malkemus and his business associate and husband, Tony Yurgaitis, had been unfairly forcing him out of the $1 million White Plains house he says he owns.

But Malkemus and Yurgaitis insist they’re the true homeowners, and had leased the picturesque colonial property to Talley, alleging he owes them as much as $500,000 in hire.

The fashion insider, who requested to not be named, stated, “I labored for George Malkemus and Tony Yurgaitis for a few years, and might confidently say that [Talley’s] accusations are full stuff and nonsense. 

“They are two of probably the most beneficiant, loyal and forgiving individuals on the planet. They would provide the shirts off their backs and would by no means anticipate them to be returned. That they’ve maintained these qualities for many years, in an trade made up of so many egomaniacal vipers, is astonishing. 

“They are also extremely private, so I can only imagine they feel betrayed and saddened that their friendship and devotion have been distorted into a web of petty lies.”

Malkemus — who has extra lately partnered with Sarah Jessica Parker on her SJP shoe brand — final year launched an eviction motion in opposition to Talley in a bid to get him out of the palatial White Plains property, the place the famed fashion editor has lived since 2004.

Talley, 72, has lengthy insisted that the historic 11-room colonial house with luxurious gardens at 75 Worthington Road is his personal, telling the New York Times in 2018, “It is my sanctuary” and that he purchased it in 2006. Ironically, the house options quite a few objects from Blahnik in pleasure of place, together with a sketch of a shoe by the famed designer himself.

George Malkemus (left) Anthony Yurgaitis
Court papers declare George Malkemus (left) and Tony Yurgaitis purchased the house in 2004 for simply over $1 million.
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But court docket papers seen by The Post and Page Six allege that the actual homeowners are Malkemus and Yurgaitis, and that they purchased the house in 2004 for simply over $1 million.

The pair have identified Talley for practically 40 years. Yet this previous November, Malkemus “commenced a summary non-payment proceeding in White Plains City Court … seeking to evict Talley from the home and for a money judgement against Talley in the amount of $515,872.97 representing alleged arrears,” the court docket papers state.

“The criticism solely tells [Talley’s] aspect of the story. We haven’t but filed our answer or counterclaim, which is able to clarify the actual story. 

Edward David, Malkemus and Yurgaitis’ lawyer

Talley — who in 1988 was appointed by Anna Wintour to be the artistic director of Vogue, the primary African-American individual to ever maintain the position — responded by submitting his personal lawsuit in opposition to Malkemus and Yurgaitis in Westchester Supreme Court on Jan. 25.

He claims the pair, who had been “longtime, trusted friends,” agreed to purchase the house for him and switch the title as soon as he had repaid them the $1,020,000 buy value.

The papers state that “over time, as friends, Talley and Malkemus assisted each other not only in professional matters but in personal matters as well … as [Talley] rose in the fashion world and found his circumstances frequently changing and demands on his time increasing.”

The papers allege that in 1999, Talley wanted to purchase a brand new automotive however was unable to take action due to “issues with his credit.” Malkemus allegedly supplied to purchase the automotive on his behalf, utilizing $45,000 in funds offered by Talley.

Then in 2004, Talley was renting a house that developed a mildew downside and wanted to discover a new place close to New York. “At the time, Talley’s work schedule was particularly demanding and he could not obtain traditional financing,” the lawsuit claims.

Instead, Talley’s lawsuit alleges he, Malkemus and Yurgaitis entered right into a “gentleman’s agreement” and that Talley would supply a $120,000 down cost and Malkemus and Yurgaitis would “use the down payment and funds of their own to purchase the home for Talley’s benefit.”

The former Vogue editor-at-large’s authorized paperwork claims, “The parties agreed that Talley would exclusively own, occupy and care for the home. It was agreed and always understood that Talley would, over time, ‘pay off’ the balance of the purchase price paid by the defendants, at which point [the] title would then formally be transferred to Talley … In the meantime, the defendants would hold the title for the beneficial ownership of Talley.”

He claims that he has lived on the house since their settlement and paid again greater than the acquisition value, totaling $1,075,588 as of January 2020, together with his court docket papers including that Talley “has also paid hundreds of thousands of dollars to third parties to maintain and improve the home.”

André Leon Talley, who was fired by Vogue editor Anna Wintour in 2018, is getting his revenge with a savage memoir, out Tuesday, which comes just as the luxury business is going into freefall amid the coronavirus.
André Leon Talley, right here with Vogue editor Anna Wintour, left the journal in 2018 after working there on and off since 1983.
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Talley’s submitting additionally alleges, “This action arises out of the defendants’ improper attempt to evict Talley from a home … that is rightfully his, so that they may sell the property.”

The papers element a extremely uncommon association in which, “whereas Talley has resided in the house from 2004 to the current, he has made episodic funds to the defendants that he understood to be fairness funds.

“The timing and amount of these episodic payments were based on Talley’s cash flow … Talley never made these payments to the defendants on a monthly basis, and was not asked to.”

Talley additionally alleges in the lawsuit that he has personally spent over $200,000 to keep up the house, together with changing the roof, home windows, shutters and boiler.

“Despite this,” court docket papers go on, “in or round March of 2020, the defendants started discussing with Talley their curiosity in promoting the house solely for their very own monetary profit. They started asking him to both make further funds or vacate the house so it may very well be bought to a 3rd social gathering.

“In return for his decades of friendship and trust,” Malkemus filed his lawsuit searching for Talley’s eviction and a cost of greater than a half-million {dollars}.

“Since 2004 Talley has always operated with the understanding the home was his, and that the arrangement could be formalized upon his repayment of the purchase price of the home.”

But “because this promise was not reduced to writing, Talley has no adequate remedy at law.” He is demanding he be allowed to proceed dwelling in the house and the title be transferred to him.

Andre Leon Talley speaks during 'The Gospel'
André Leon Talley in the 2018 documentary about his life. “The Gospel According to André”
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Talley retired from full-time enhancing in 2014, and extra lately taught courses remotely on the Parsons School of Design in Paris. Real property is hardly the one dramatic space of his life: Last year he printed a bombshell ebook, “The Chiffon Trenches: A Memoir,” which was important of Wintour. He described his relationship together with her as “in an iceberg.”

When reached by Page Six, Malkemus and Yurgaitis’ lawyer Edward David stated, “The criticism solely tells [Talley’s] aspect of the story. We haven’t but filed our answer or counterclaim, which is able to clarify the actual story.  

“Remember, the initial complaint was for eviction in Greenburgh Town Court. Malkemus and Yurgaitis are the record owners of the house and want to sell it. Talley is over $300,000 behind in rent. He is desperate to stay and [his team] concocted their ‘story.’” 

Talley’s lawyer Erik Weinick stated, “The court filings show that Mr. Talley has an extremely strong case, and we fully expect he will prevail in this unfortunate dispute.”

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