Diego Dolcini, who was previous designing Gucci’s footwear, is going to take charge of Dolce & Gabbana’s own shoe collections. The 36-year-old designer was born in Naples but lives in Bologna. He worked for Gucci from 2000 until April of this year, when Frida Giannini, creative director for Gucci accessories, took over the task.

The designer launched his own footwear brand in 1994 in partnership with Eo Bocci, through a company, Do. srl, in which Diego had a 70 percent stake and his brothers Alfredo and Antonio held 20 percent and 10 percent respectively, until Diego subsequently bought his brothers out. The collection is produced by a small shoemaker in Bologna, Vem, which also produces for brands like Bruno Magli, and formerly also for Sergio Rossi.

Dolcini will take up his position on Dolce & Gabbana’s creative team in the next few weeks. While apparel remains the core business of the Milan fashion house – it posted consolidated turnover of €585.1 million in 2003, up 23 percent over the previous year - footwear is currently the sector which represents the highest potential for D&G.