Since being found guilty of tax evasion, sentenced to jail time, and ordered to pay 343.4 million euros plus interest, Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce have been fervently appealing the court’s decision. They’ve made some very public statements, from closing their Milan stores, bars, and restaurants for three days in protest, to even stating that paying the fines would be the end of Dolce & Gabbana.
“If we deserved the sentence, there would be nothing to say,” Gabbana said yesterday. “But we do not deserve it, and so unfortunately we would have to close.”
Dolce added: “We will close. What do you want us to do? We will close. We will not be able to deal with it. (It’s) impossible.”
And despite the fact that their designs have always been steeped in Italian history and they make up one of the country’s most iconic fashion houses, D&G are feeling the burn from their people. “We do not need tax evaders to promote us,” said Milan city counselor Franco D’Alfonso.
Gabbana addressed the backlash pleading:
“We are not going to give in to being crucified like thieves, because we are not. How could we accept being branded tax evaders? We are good people, we live in Italy we pay taxes in Italy, we don’t pretend to live abroad.”
Guilty or not, we’re now fearing the worst, because if we’ve learned anything showrooming at the Dolce & Gabbana boutique here in SoHo, it’s that no one appreciates a woman’s curves like those boys.
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