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PUNK PUZZLE: Vintage clothing dealer Simon Easton has hit back at claims by Malcolm McLaren that he sold fake vintage pieces under the Seditionaries label to Damien Hirst. “I don’t believe that Damien bought anything fake from me,” said Easton. “I have been buying these clothes for 30 years.”

Easton added that his management had taken Hirst to court last year, but that any legal matters between them have been settled. According to British press reports last year, Easton took legal action after Hirst failed to return a collection of vintage Seditionaries clothing that Easton had sent for him to consider buying. Hirst is alleged to have asked for a refund for pieces that he previously had bought from Easton, which he alleged were fake, before he returned the collection, worth 80,000 pounds, or about $158,000 at current exchange. A spokeswoman for Hirst said that she was unable to comment on the matter for legal reasons.

Easton also rejected claims made by McLaren that he and Vivienne Westwood had only made a handful of Seditionaries pieces, saying the label was sold at Westwood and McLaren’s shops, Sex and Seditionaries, from 1975 to 1980, and later under license at Boy London from 1980 to 1986. “If you grew up in the punk era, you will know that Malcolm McLaren rewrites history on a daily basis — that’s how he gets through life,” said Easton. “I’m very amused to be part of his fanciful fantasy stories, however it can also be hurtful and damaging.”

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