December 17, 2019, in Milan. Stylists Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, who do not want their Dolce & Gabbana brand to continue after they leave, have changed their minds and now want the Dolce family to lead it.
By Luxus Plus
“We would like to give the family our jobs,” said to Vogue Business Stefano Gabbana, one of the founders of D&G in 1985, with Domenico Dolce.
Last fall, members of the Dolce family met to discuss the future of the business.
Indeed, in April, 2018, Stefano Gabbana had clearly excluded any lawsuit from the company after their death. “Once we are dead, we will be dead. I don’t want a Japanese designer to start drawing Dolce & Gabbana“, he had told the daily Il Corriere della Sera.
So it looks like the designer duo has changed their mind.
The Dolce family is actually already widely involved in the company. Domenico’s parents had left Sicily to settle in Milan to help the duo launch the brand.
Domenico Dolce’s brother, Alfonso, 54, is the managing director of D&G, while his sister Dora, 64, is in charge of research and development for ready-to-wear.
Nephews and nieces also work in the company, such as Giuseppina Cannizzaro, in charge of haute couture, and her brother Christian, who takes care of shoes and accessories.
Domenico Dolce, 61, and Stefano Gabbana, 57, each own 40% of D&G, the rest being in the hands of the Dolce family, via Alfonso and Dora.
This business is “like our child. When you are a mother, you cannot sell your children,” said Stefano Gabbana, adding, “We were lucky. We don’t want to be the richest people in the cemetery.”
Finally, the company employs 5,500 people around the world, and recorded a 4.6% increase in turnover in the 2018/2019 fiscal year to 1.35 billion euros.