By  on December 20, 2011

MILAN — Even though they’ve been building their company for more than 25 years, turning it into a $1.46 billion business, with a global retail network of 252 units and more than 3,400 employees, the definition of “boys” appears to cling to Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana. It could be their plucky attitude, as when they decided to fold the D&G brand into their signature line earlier this year. Or an emotional intensity that can drive provocative advertising imagery, ongoing celebrity connections and periodic Madonna fixations. Or their fascination with the fight game and their investment in one of Italy’s toughest boxing teams — not your typical fashion-industry pastime.

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