Upmarket department store Harvey Nichols has accused a French luxury-goods maker of reneging on a promise to give it the exclusive rights to sell Goyard brand products in Hong Kong. The British-based chain claimed that the owner of the Goyard brand and its manufacturer cancelled a five-year contract after a distribution dispute last year, according to a writ filed in the High Court this week. Goyard's owner said the department store could sell its luxury products only in Kowloon, and that it had the right to hire another distributor to handle sales on Hong Kong Island, a breach of the original pact, according to Harvey Nichols' writ. Goyard bills itself as 'the favourite luggage maker of the international set' and claims a star-studded list of current and past clients, including singer Madonna, artist Pablo Picasso and American industrialist John D. Rockefeller. Harvey Nichols - which has a department store in Central - said it opened a flagship Goyard brand store at the Peninsula hotel in Tsim Sha Tsui last year after it was promised exclusive Hong Kong sales rights. The agreement could be renewed in its fourth year if sales exceeded US$4 million a year, the writ said. But trouble started in November when Goyard sent an e-mail to Harvey Nichols that 'wrongfully asserted that the exclusive distribution rights only covered Kowloon and not the territory of Hong Kong', the writ said. The same claim was repeated at a meeting of executives from both companies in December, the writ said, adding that Goyard's parent company later said it would cancel the whole contract. The department store asked for unspecified damages, including costs associated with leasing and building the flagship Goyard store, as well as estimated lost profits during the life of the cancelled contract.