Dolce&Gabbana closes Milan stores in protest

MILAN (AP) Fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have closed their Milan stores for three days "in indignation" over remarks by a city official relating to their tax evasion conviction.

The pair took out a full-page ad Saturday in Italian dailies expressing frustration with "insults" aimed at them.

The last straw, they said, were remarks by a city official who said tax evaders should not be allowed to use prominent city spaces.

Dolce and Gabbana were found guilty last month of failing to declare 200 million euros ($268 million) through a Luxembourg company. They deny the charges and plan to appeal.

The duo's Dolce&Gabbana label got its start in Milan 30 years ago. Gabbana said on Twitter that they never asked to use city spaces.

The stores reopen Monday.

This story has been automatically published from the Associated Press wire which uses US spellings

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