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Selfridges parts with D&G in ‘giant row’

Department store chain Selfridges will no longer stock Dolce & Gabbana or D&G product in any of its stores from spring 11 following an alleged fall-out with the designer brand.

Industry sources claimed Selfridges and the Italian premium fashion brand parted ways acrimoniously after Selfridges proposed a change to the in-store positions of designer brand Dolce & Gabbana and its diffusion brand D&G.

Neither party would disclose details of the alleged disagreement and sources were unclear whether Dolce & Gabbana had dropped Selfridges or vice versa. Selfridges said in a statement it had wanted to refresh its brand mix.

“We constantly seek to improve the diversity and presentation of our brand portfolio and address the demands of our ever-evolving fashion and accessories departments. To this end we have found that we are unable to accommodate Dolce & Gabbana and D&G in our mix going forward,” it said.

Dolce & Gabbana’s headquarters in Milan are closed until August 27 and no one from its UK office was available to comment by the time Drapers went to press.

However, industry sources expected a reconciliation. The co-owner of one premium brand told Drapers: “They have had a giant falling out and flounced off. I’m sure they will kiss and make up when they have cooled off. They’ll have to.”

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