MT DRUITT BIKINI WARS ARE OVER. 31.01.05
Jodhi Packer, owner of Tiger Lily Swimwear, and her former manufacturer, Gazal Apparel, recently settled their dispute in the Federal Court in Sydney. Reportedly, Ms Packer was ropeable about Gazal selling her clothes through a discount warehouse in Mt Druitt. The warehouse, called Trade Secret, has been advertising Tiger Lily "tops, skirts and dresses from $4.95" and "swimmers from $29.95" on its website. Evidently, Gazal and Trade Secret have also been advertising on television, in newspapers and on radio. In the court documents, the former Waves swimwear model says that the Trade Secret garments are "older stock from previous seasons" and not the same Tiger Lily products, which are sold by her company "through exclusive boutiques around Australia". Tiger Lily bikinis usually retail for more than $150. The western suburb warehouse is owned by a company called Fashion Factory Outlets (Trade Secret) Pty Ltd, which in turn is owned by Gazal directors Michael Gazal and his brother David. Gazal and Ms Packer, joined forces in July 2001 when she granted them a license to make her designs. After it expired last year, she was entitled to buy back remaining stock they had on hand, and paid $125,760. The designer says that because her clothes were sold through a warehouse in Mt Druitt, she has suffered "damage to the reputation of the Tiger Lily brand; loss of sales; loss of goodwill" and damage to her reputation.