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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana say that once the pair die that their eponymous brand will cease operations. In an interview with Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera, the designers said that will never hire a successor to run their business.
“Once we’re dead, we’re dead. I don’t want a Japanese designer to start designing Dolce & Gabbana,” said Gabbana, according to Reuters.
The duo set up Dolce & Gabbana in 1985 and still work together despite having ended their romantic relationship in 2004. They both have new long-term partners and remain very close.
Upon their break-up, they set up a trust which will safeguard the future of the label when one or both designers eventually die.
“When we split up, we said to ourselves that it was better to divide up everything, because if I took a blow to the head the next day he would have found himself dealing with someone not involved in the industry, like for example my cousin, who could ruin the business,” Gabbana said. “We have created a trust neither of us can touch.”
Dolce also revealed that they had rejected every offer to buy their brand.
“You can have all the money in the world, but if you are not free, what do you do? You don’t go to the grave with a coffin stuffed with money,” he said.
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