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Dolce & Gabbana close stores in protest over convictions

Dolce & Gabbana closed its nine Milan stores this weekend as a “symbol of disdain” over the designers’ tax evasion conviction.

The boutiques will reopen today (July 23) and the 250-strong store staff continued to be paid throughout the closures.

The message “Closed for indignation” appeared on the doors of the shops alongside a newspaper article written by city councillor Franco D’Alfonso, which argued that the label should not be able to show in Milan’s public spaces in September.

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana said they were no longer willing to “suffer undeservedly the accusations” of the financial police.

In a statement the design duo said: “We are tired of being subjected to continuous slander and insults, which are detrimental to the serenity of our work place and distracting us from our work as designers.”

The pair added that the situation was “taking away the motivation” of those they work with.

Last month the designers were found guilty of tax evasion equivalent to €400m (£342m).

They are appealing the judges’ sentence of one year and eight months imprisonment.

 

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