You may recall that last month the design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana were found guilty of tax evasion in their home country, Italy, after investigations which started in 2008. The designers are expected to appeal this decision and today they released a joint statement announcing that they were closing their Milan stores for three days. They have done this to represent a symbol of their disdain at the continued media attention and accusations of the Italian Tax Police. Their statements reads as follows:
“We are no longer willing to tolerate unfair accusations on behalf of the Italian Guardia di Finanza (Italian Tax Police) and the Agenzia delle Entrate (Internal Revenue Service), attacks from the Public Prosecutor and the media assault we have been subjected to. Not only for ourselves but, above all, for the people who work with us.
Finally, indignant with how we are being treated by the City of Milan, we have decided to close all our shops in the city (a total of nine retail stores) for the next three days starting today.
We were born in Milan and have always been very grateful to this city.?However, it must also be said that in the last 30 years we have given a great deal to this city: prestige and international visibility, jobs and economic development.?
Just considering our stores in Milan, we provide jobs for over 250 people who, in the following days, will be properly remunerated even if our stores will stay closed.
Despite our passion and a sense of responsibility which push us to continue working with our usual dedication and drive, 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.
We are very fortunate to work with people who are gifted with rare excellence, both from a technical-professional point of view and from a personal point of view; they believe in us and this situation is taking away their motivation.
The closing of our shops in Milan is a symbol of our disdain.”
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana Milan, July 19th 2013