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20-07-2013
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^Agree with you about the fact that they apparently have the audacity to try and play 'victim.' Honestly, I think the decision close up shop sort of looks like a temper tantrum, a bit of childish behavior if you will. I can only see these actions hurting the company, not the city of Milan anyways.

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So, they're actually pissed off because the law was actually applied to them, and they should be exempted from the legal consequences because they 'gave a great deal to the city of Milan'? Give me a break. I believe I lost what little respect I had for them.

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Dolce & Gabbana claim they will go out of business if forced to pay tax evasion fine
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Designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have said they are 'being crucified like thieves' and will go out of business if they are forced to pay a £300 million fine for tax evasion.
The duo recently lost a lengthy court case in which they were accused of evading more than €400 million in taxes after selling their brands to a holding company called Gado, which they established in Luxuembourg in 2004, enabling them to avoid a higher tax rate.
They were given 20 month jail terms and have been ordered to pay 343.4 million euros plus interest but are appealing the sentence.
"If we deserved the sentence, there would be nothing to say," Gabbana said on Wednesday. "But we do not deserve it, and so unfortunately we would have to close."
His fashion partner 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."
Following the sentence, Milan city councillor Franco D'Alfonso said the city should not give any public space to the designers, saying: "We do not need tax evaders to promote us". The duo subsequently closed their Milan stores, bars and restaurants for three days in protest .
They say they now want to put the episode behind them and are happy to meet with Giuliano Pisapia, the mayor of Milan, who accused them of overreacting .
"We are not going to give in to being crucified like thieves, because we are not," said Gabbana. "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."
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^i think thats very dramatic. You just dont get accused of that unless youre guilty

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Dolce & Gabbana claim they will go out of business if forced to pay tax evasion fine
Good! At this point I'd welcome them closing the business to preserve whats left of their reputation. They should just stick to makeup and fragrances for the time being.

My sympathy lies with the workers.

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they are a private company so we are not sure of their finances.

however the nypost reported this week that they were shopping for a $60 million apartment in New York's Mark Hotel?

so maybe they arent so broke.

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hahaha they're "millionaire broke"

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I totally feel for the garment workers who work at Dolce & Gabanna, it must be a very stressful time for them. I am sure they are worrying about the company, their jobs, and reputations. Honestly, if it weren't for all the people employed by the company then I'd say, "good let them go out of business," but since I imagine their are so many workers and artisans who would lose their jobs, I can not in good conscious wish that. But what I do know is that whatever the consequences are, the head designers will probably be fine. Maybe they will go to jail, maybe they won't. But as the fashion industry has been known to do, they may fall and then rise again. We've seen it time and time again. There are of course, some who just fall, but in recent years the industry has shown that no matter what you say or do, you can rise again. Which, to be honest, is the side of fashion I don't particularly like. And reading the articles on this situation just further highlights how unpleasant this side to the industry is.

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update from wwd:

In recent years, Italian tax authorities have targeted numerous prominent fashion figures ranging from Giorgio Armani to Garavani and Giammetti to, most recently, the Bulgaris. Almost all the cases were dismissed, although Dolce and Gabbana, the first Italian designers to actually be tried in court for tax evasion, were found guilty in June, yet acquitted on the second count they were originally charged with, which regarded the valuation of the company and the tax rate paid. In June, Judge Antonella Brambilla sentenced Dolce and Gabbana to one year and eight months in jail, plus legal expenses. The designers have denied the charges and are appealing the verdict.

Hard feelings remain. On Friday, Dolce and Gabbana kept the doors of their Milanese stores closed as a sign of protest following the publication of a story on Thursday in Italy’s daily Il Giornale — a protest expected to continue until Monday. In the article, Milan’s councilor for productive activities, Franco D’Alfonso, was quoted saying that Milan should not agree to any potential request by “designers like Dolce and Gabbana if they submit requests for public spaces. [Italian] fashion is an excellence in the world but we don’t need to be represented by tax evaders.”

Gabbana issued a strong response to D’Alfonso via Twitter, harshly attacking the city of Milan. “The City of Milan makes me sick!!!” and “Shame on you!!! Boors” were two such tweets.

On Saturday, the designers took a two-page ad in Italy’s main newspapers, Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica, saying they were “no longer willing to be unjustly subjected to the accusations of the Guardia di Finanza [the country’s tax police], the Agenzia delle Entrate [the Revenue Service], the prosecutors’ attacks and the media shackles endured for years now.” They explained they were “indignated” by the way the city of Milan had treated them, a city they were “grateful to” but also one whose “prestige and international visibility” they had contributed to. The designers, who each signed the ad, noted that the 250 employees of the nine Milan stores will be regularly paid despite the three-day closure.

Also, Dolce and Gabbana attached an excerpt from a list of Milan’s main 2005 tax contributors published by newspaper Il Sole 24 Ore in 2008 where they ranked fourth and fifth, respectively. This was before the fiscal authorities began their attacks, they said.

On the second page, the three lawyers who defended the designers during the trial explained how the designers were acquitted on the second count they were originally charged with, which regarded the valuation of the company and the tax rate paid, underscoring that the judge deemed there was no case to proceed. The lawyers are also going to appeal the guilty sentence related to the 2004 sale of the Dolce & Gabbana and D&G brands to the designers’ Luxembourg-based holding company, Gado Srl. The Italian tax police reportedly consider Gado essentially a legal entity used to avoid higher corporate taxes in Italy.

On Sunday, Milan’s mayor, Giuliano Pisapia, responded in La Repubblica saying that he and the city were the ones to be “indignated” and that the designers should apologize to Milan.

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whatevers.. I just hope they don't move to Paris. lol

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Tragic.

I'm not familiar with the Italian legal system, but will they seriously have a chance of serving their whole sentence?
No, they won't serve a thing. Not even an hour!

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Now, this might not be the right place to ask...but where is the best place where I can find items from their SS13 collection on sale online? I seem to find only RTW but I am looking for the Sicilian Puppets-themed clothes...any idea? Or can you redirect me to a better thread?? Thanks!!

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After being found guilty for tax evasion, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have revealed that they may have to close their business should they ultimately have to pay back the hundreds of millions in back taxes -- totaling around $455 million.

"We will close," said Dolce. "What do you want us to do? We will close. We will not be able to deal with it. It's impossible."

"If we deserved the sentence, there would be nothing to say," added Gabbana. "But we do not deserve it, and so unfortunately we would have to close."

In June, the duo were found guilty of failing to declare hundreds of millions in income, and handed down a suspended sentence of 20 months although they will not spend time behind bars. Italian law allows for sentences of less than three years to be served with house arrest or community service. When they pair sold their brands to a holding company called Gado, which they established in Luxuembourg in 2004, it enabled them to avoid a higher tax rate... later prompting charges against them.

Despite being found guilty, both Dolce and Gabbana say they are not the thieves they are depicted to be.

"We are not going to give in to being crucified like thieves, because we are not," said Gabbana. "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."

After being sentenced, the duo subsequently closed their Milan stores, bars and restaurants for three days in protest.
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Their behavior in reaction to this seems just immature and embarrassing.

"But we do not deserve it, and so unfortunately we would have to close" Where's the logic in this sentence?
It's sad all the people working for them are affected by their defiant acts and have to fear they will lose their job because of this mess. All this is really awkward.

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Out of curiosity...will they still be showing a SS14 show for womenswear?

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