Domenica, 23 Settembre 2018
MILAN

Dolce & Gabbana shops close in Milan out of 'indignation'

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Milan, July 19 - Dolce & Gabbana boutiques in Milan
on Friday hung signs in their shuttered doors saying "Closed for
indignation" due to a comment made by a city official reported
by media on Thursday.
All of Dolce & Gabbana activities in Milan remained closed
on Friday, including the posh Via Della Spiga 2 newstand, the
Martini Bar, a barber and the Gold cafe' in Via Risorgimento,
the public relations office confirmed.
Stefano Gabbana of Dolce & Gabbana fashion house lashed out
Thursday at a Milan city official who commented on his
conviction for tax evasion.
"You suck," tweeted Gabbana in a message directed at Franco
D'Alfonso over newspaper articles quoting the city councillor
commenting on the fashion team and charges of tax evasion.
Il Giornale quoted D'Alfonso as suggesting that although
fashion is important to local business, "we do not need tax
evaders to represent us".
Il Corriere della Sera quoted D'Alfonso saying that
symbolic places of the city should not be conceded to VIP brands
that have racked up tax fraud convictions.
Il Corriere della Sera also said D'Alfonso declared that
his phrase had been "extrapolated" by the press from an
"informal conversation regarding general topics, and certainly
did not express the opinion of the administration".
D'Alfonso added that he respects the Constitutional
principle of "innocent until proven guilty", and hoped that
Dolce and Gabbana are able to clarify their position in
continuing legal proceedings.
Last month Gabbana and his partner Domenico Dolce were
sentenced to one year and eight months in jail after being
convicted of involvement in tax evasion on almost one billion
euros of earnings.
The two founders of the iconic fashion house, who are
expected to appeal, were also ordered to pay compensation to
Italy's tax authorities.
Milan prosecutors had said that the creators of the
world-famous brand, with six others, evaded taxes for several
years after setting up the front company Gado in Luxembourg.
The duo have received fan support in their fight although
one person tweeted in response to Gabbana: "You suck - you earn
millions and do not pay taxes".
Dolce & Gabbana public relations did not indicate how long
the businesses would remain closed.

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