Selfridges will no longer stock Dolce & Gabbana products after allegedly having a “giant falling out” with the luxury Italian designer.
From next spring, the chain’s department stores will not offer the premium label or its D&G line.
There were claims the retailer and the designer parted on bad terms after Selfridges proposed a change to the lines’ in-store positions, according to industry magazine Drapers.
The co-owner of one premium brand said: “They have had a giant falling out and flounced off.
“I’m sure they will kiss and make up when they have cooled off. They’ll have to.”
Sources were unclear whether Dolce & Gabbana had dropped Selfridges or vice versa, and neither party would disclose details of the alleged disagreement.
Selfridges said it had wanted to refresh its brand mix and found itself “unable” to continue offering the lines.
“We constantly seek to improve the diversity and presentation of our brand portfolio and address the demands of our ever-evolving fashion and accessories departments,” the retail chain said in a statement.
“To this end we have found that we are unable to accommodate Dolce & Gabbana and D&G in our mix going forward.”
Dolce & Gabbana’s Milan headquarters were closed until next week and no one from its UK office was able to comment.
However, industry sources expected a reconciliation between the two sides.
Selfridges, bought by Canadian businessman Galen Weston in 2003, was recently named by retailers as the world’s best department store.
Dolce & Gabbana, founded by design duo Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana in 1985, is best known for its bold, sexy style.
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