NO SOCIAL NICETIES: On Sunday, German designer Philipp Plein chose Instagram to expose and directly respond to accusations made by Dolce & Gabbana. The Italian company claims that Philipp Plein International has contacted around 10 of its employees, mostly sales assistants at Dolce & Gabbana’s main flagship on Via della Spiga in Milan, to lure them away and work for Plein.
According to the document, starting from mid-October, Philipp Plein’s employees Andrea Lanza Cariccio and Jaco Cuccato, who both worked for Dolce & Gabbana in the past, got in touch with said sales assistants to offer them job positions at Philipp Plein’s new showroom in Milan. Slated to open by the end of the year, the brand’s new unit is located in Corso Venezia, a few steps from Dolce & Gabbana’s other apparel stores, beauty and barber shops, restaurant and café.
Dated Nov. 30, the document also stressed how all the employees worked in the same Dolce & Gabbana boutique, have a medium to long seniority and strong relationships with a number of clients which are considered “very important for DG, for loyalty and sales volume.”
“Just received a love letter from Dolce and Gabbana’s lawyer accusing me and my people that we would steal their employees,” wrote Plein on Instagram, captioning the document. “This is a free country and everybody can choose by themselves who they want to work for!!” The designer provocatively added that “if people are happy at their job they don’t think about leaving!!!”
Plein continued his backlash, mentioning both Dolce & Gabbana and Stefano Gabbana‘s Instagram accounts and admitting that the designers’ work had been a source of inspiration for him, especially in his early career. “It’s sad to say but everybody loves you until you become competition,” Plein added, underscoring how he has been working hard to develop his company and has “never received any support from this industry until today.” Plein concluded the bashing post by saying he has nobody to apologize to.
Dolce & Gabbana and Stefano Gabbana’s Instagram accounts haven’t registered a reaction to Plein’s post yet.