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Dolce & Gabbana vs. Dolce and Banana

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Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are not laughing. Image via Getty
Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana are not laughing. Image via Getty

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There is nothing funny about trademark infringement, according to Italian fashion house Dolce & Gabbana. The fashion brand is suing Mijou Beller, owner of the Cape Town, South Africa, gift shop Dolce and Banana for "objectionable conduct" and of "diluting" the luxury brand's name. According to an affidavit filed by Gado, Dolce & Gabbana's holding company, the shop—which sells jewelry and gifts made of shells, beads, and wood and employs three women from Hout Bay's Imizamo Yethu township—"makes a mockery of the well-known trademark, Dolce & Gabbana." Beller has now changed the name of her shop to " ... & Banana." No word yet on whether Gado plans to sue her American outpost, Dolce & Montana, or her Caribbean-themed location, Dolce & Cabana.
· When Dolce Goes Bananas [Independent]
· All Dolce & Gabanna coverage [Racked]