THE owner of the Australian licence for the label Kardashian Kids, launched in Australia in July last year with much fanfare and a guest appearance from Khloe Kardashian, had one of his companies wound up earlier this month, with a sole liquidator appointed by the Supreme Court of NSW.
The children’s clothing range has not been available in Big W, its only Australian retailer, for several months.
Bruno Schiavi, who has several businesses registered under his name, is the owner of the business Jupi 8, which was the subject of legal action from creditor Pick Packers, a third party logistics company that provides warehousing and shipping services.
However there are believed to be many creditors, one of which — a media agency — had launched a separate legal bid to have Jupi 8 wound up, but the legal action from Pick Packers proceeded first.
The combined total of the creditors’ claims is in excess of $80,000.
Schiavi is the only name listed as a company office holder for Jupi 8 — and claims his career in fashion began with the invention of the “Pocket Sock” — a sports sock with a zippered pocket for storing keys.
He has the Australian licence for the adult’s Kardashian Kollection range, Rob Kardashian’s Arthur George Loungewear range and the Kelly Osbourne clothing label “Stories…”.
The website for Schiavi’s underwear range MensFit, which in the past has been modelled by Didier Cohen and Dan Ewing, is also offline.
The trade-only shop front in Surry Hills — previously proudly displaying the Kardashian wares — has been deserted.
When Confidential contacted Big W, their customer service confirmed the range was not in stock at the discount retailer.
Their website also states “Kardashian Kids is no longer available from Big W”.
However, a Jupi 8 staffer refuted the claim, saying that the range, which has not been on the shelves at Big W for months, would be in store again in August with a new spring range.
The staff member also said that Jupi 8 still has the local licence for the Kardashian Kids range, and that the trade salesroom was now running from an office site.
The websites for the latter two are currently offline.