Established in 1985, Dolce&Gabbana is today one of the leading international groups in the luxury goods sector. The founders, Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana, have always been the creative and stylistic source of all the brand’s activities, as well as the drivers behind the development strategies based on balanced growth on a global scale and focus on the core business. The Group designs, produces and distributes high-end clothing, leather goods, footwear, accessories, fine jewellery and timepieces.Through licensee partners it also manages the production and distribution of the beauty and eyewear lines. As far as the structure of the Group is concerned, Dolce&Gabbana has within it the fundamental assets for continuous development ownership of the brands and the management and control of the three operating divisions, Production, Distribution and Licences. The direct control of the entire value chain, from creation to sale, enables the Group to convey in the most effective manner and through all the expressions of the brand its strongly distinctive style and solid DNA, based on sartorial tradition and Mediterranean culture, with a special emphasis on Sicilian culture. As at 31 March 2014, the brand is present in 40 countries worldwide with a network of 287 mono-brand stores. The continuous development and consolidation of the Group at global level are ensured by coordinated management of the distribution policies, which combines the strategic vision of the headquarters in Milan with a widespread presence across the territory, through its branches in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong and Sao Paulo which co-ordinate the management of the retail and wholesale distribution in their respective territorial areas.