It was not meant to be.
Market sources in Milan say that the match between Patrizio di Marco and Dolce & Gabbana did not crystallize in the end.
In January sources had said the former chairman and chief executive officer of Gucci was set to join D0lce & Gabbana after honoring his one-year non-compete agreement. However, sources in Milan now say that di Marco and the company didn’t reach an agreement over his role and the company’s structure.
Di Marco left Gucci on Jan. 1, 2015, followed shortly afterward by creative director Frida Giannini, who also was married to di Marco. The executive had joined the Florence-based firm in 2009, succeeding Mark Lee. Prior to that, di Marco played an instrumental role in turning around Bottega Veneta as president and ceo for eight years.
Dolce & Gabbana did not return a request for comment.