MILAN — Since he became chairman and ceo of Gucci America in 1984, Domenico De Sole has battled his share of adversaries — Maurizio Gucci, Patrizio Bertelli and Bernard Arnault — to name a few.

"Make my day," became his mantra the moment Arnault began his hostile takeover of Gucci in 1999. But contrary to rumors rattling around Europe, De Sole insists he isn’t locked in conflict with PPR owner François Pinault or PPR chief executive Serge Weinberg.

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