This week Philipp Plein launched his gorgeous New Bond Street location in central London amid controversy. Dolce & Gabbana lawyers last week sent Plein a strongly worded message to stop poaching their employees.
Plein took to Instagram immediately responding, “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 his social-media account. “1. This is a free country and everybody can choose by themselves who they want to work for!! 2. If people are happy at their job they don’t think about leaving !!! 3. I really love and respect the brand Dolce & Gabbana, it was an inspiration for me and many others to start my business and to work in fashion !!!! @stefanogabbana @dolcegabbana It is sad to say but everybody loves you until you become competition!!!!”
Dolce & Gabbana nor their management team members have yet to respond on social media or any other outlets. It remains to be seen if this is an empty threat by the Dolce & Gabbana team to the fledgling brand or if they will in fact take legal action against Plein and his team. It’s been rumored that Plein’s top level executives have been approaching members of the Dolce & Gabbana staff in recent months in an attempt to get the D&G employees to come over to team Plein. This presents an issue as Plein is currently implementing a very aggressive move into the European market with his new London location along with an upcoming Paris store as well as a few other EU cities in the works. Per legal experts we’ve consulted, depending on what country you are located inside Europe, poaching existing employees from a rival store is possibly illegal and could be grounds for legal action.
The store itself features a classic Plein Swarovski skull installation as you enter, along with glamorous chandeliers. It includes all of Plein’s staple accessories, women’s, children’s and men’s lines. It even includes his sporty line endorsed by the likes of Justin Bieber and Leo Messi.
We will keep you updated as the legal story progresses. In the meantime, check out this cool photo from inside the new London location!