The saga continues: Net-A-Porter confirms it will drop Dolce & Gabbana from all platforms

Image via Dolce & Gabbana
Words by Tara Smith

On and on.

The Dolce & Gabbana saga continues this morning, with the Yoox Net-A-Porter Group confirming to WWD that it will drop the brand from all company platforms (including Net-A-Porter, Mr Porter and Yoox). This follows the removal of Dolce & Gabbana from all of the group’s Chinese platforms initially.

Many Chinese retailers have already pulled the brand from their e-stores – following a slew of alleged racial slurs from designer Stefano Gabbana – including Alibaba, JD, Secoo, VIPshop and Netease.

At a time when most other luxury fashion houses are doing whatever they can to increase their presence in the Chinese market, the Italian brand has gone backwards – despite its attempt to stage a multimillion-dollar runway show in Shanghai. According to Bloomberg, the Chinese market spent $100 billion on luxury purchases last year – making up almost one-third of total global spend.

Things have become uncharacteristically quiet in the D&G camp, with no public comments since the ‘apology’ issued via Instagram yesterday. However, at time of writing, the controversial campaign still remains on the brand’s socials.

More on this as it develops.


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