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Dolce & Gabbana
Dolce & Gabbana (), commonly abbreviated as D & G, is an Italian luxury fashion house.
The company was started by the Italian designers Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana in Milan, Italy. By 2005 their turnover was €750 million. Their clothing designs are usually black in color and geometric in shape.
U.S. stores and locations
There are seven freestanding Dolce & Gabbana boutiques in the United States in:
*New York City, New York
*Beverly Hills, California
*Las Vegas, Nevada
*Americana Manhasset on Long Island, New York
*Bal Harbour Shops in Bal Harbour, Florida
*The Mall at Short Hills in Short Hills, New Jersey
Dolce & Gabbana also has kiosks in several department stores, including Bergdorf Goodman, Lord and Taylor, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue, and plans to expand into the American cities of Atlanta, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco, and Washington D.C.
Latin America stores
*Rio de Janeiro
*Viña del Mar
*Mar del Plata
*Panama City - Soon
Dolce and Gabbana is also sold c/o Holt Renfrew department stores at 3 locations in Canada as well as Harry Rosen (Vancouver & Toronto Bloor Street) and La Maison Simons.
New Zealand and Australia
Although there are no dedicated Dolce & Gabbana stores in New Zealand or Australia, the brand is exceedingly popular ,especially perfume and sunglasses. Being sold in many large department stores the brand is becoming increasingly affordable.
Dolce & Gabbana was publicly criticized by Britain's advertising watchdog Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) in January 2007, for an advertising campaign showing models brandishing knives.
Following complaints from consumers' groups in February 2007, Dolce & Gabbana pulled an advertisement in Madrid, Spain and Paris, France that showed a man holding a woman to the ground by her wrists while a group of men look on. Spain's Labour and Social Affairs Ministry branded the campaign as illegal and humiliating to women, saying the woman's body position had no relation to the products Dolce & Gabbana were trying to sell. Italian publications followed suit, banning the ad.
Alleged tax evasion
In May 2009, the Italian government charged Dolce & Gabbana with tax evasion for having moved assets for about 249 million euro to tax haven Luxembourg in the 2004-2006 period.