Retail Detail. Dolce & Gabbana Serve as Buyers, Mentors for New Accessories Store in Milan

September 22, 2010 • Accessories

The Dolce & Gabbana/Via Spiga 2 accessories-only store in Milan

Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbano seem to have adopted a new role these days: retail buyers. The dynamic duo behind Dolce & Gabbana announced an inspiring decision they've made in regards to their new Dolce & Gabbana/Via Spiga 2 accessories-only store in Milan. The designers have confirmed that, in addition to their own collection, the store will also carry the lines of
young, emerging designers. The brands on offer include Sophie Theallet,
Yigal Azrouël, Elisa Palomino, Fausto Puglisi, Behnaz Sarafpour and
Heather Williams.
And none other than Dolce and Gabbana themselves are doing the buying.

“We are challenging ourselves with this project,” Gabbana told WWD. The store also offers the emerging designers a significant stamp of
approval as they build their brands. After all, what more of an honor can you get? Gabbana noted how he and his partner, “ turned
quite nostalgic, remembering our own early days in the business,” remembering when,
25 years ago, fashion veteran Beppe Modenese invited the young duo to show
during Milano Collezioni. “We were given a chance,” he said. “We are no
longer young but not really old yet, and we feel now it’s our turn to

said there were no specific guidelines when it came to choosing the designers, an global group hailing from Australia to
Hungary and Turkey
— a diversity that is expected to keep changing. “People are always complaining that Milan is not international enough,” Gabbana noted, by means of an explanation. And as for how they selected the designers to carry, he said, “It’s a very
personal choice, based on our own tastes — they are very different from
one another.
We like fashion and this is a fashion store."

But sadly, those of us stateside fans can't get excited yet—both designers said there are no plans to open additional units outside of Milan. “We don’t plan to replicate
it, we like for it to be something you can find only here,”

Article and Photo Source: WWD

-Alia Rajput

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