NEW YORK — If Anne Klein’s up-to-date SoHo boutique was the seed representing the company’s new image, then the expanded licensing agreement with Japan’s Takihyo Company Ltd. is its first blossom.

Anne Klein’s parent, Kasper ASL, said Nagoya, Japan-based Takihyo will hold the license in that country for the next 10 years, furthering Anne Klein’s efforts to be recognized as a global fashion powerhouse. In the deal, Takihyo — Anne Klein’s former owner — will distribute women’s apparel, handbags, belts and small leather goods, gloves, scarves, sleepwear, footwear, socks, jewelry and hand towels under the Anne Klein New York and AK Anne Klein labels.

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