GROWTH SPURT: Marvin Traub is hunting for office space for his own namesake consulting firm, but, contrary to rumor, he’s not splitting from Gilbert W. Harrison and the Financo investment banking firm. Traub, according to both executives, will continue as a senior adviser to Financo.

“We don’t have room in our office,” said Harrison. “Marvin is getting additional space. He’s remaining a senior adviser to Financo.” While Traub has certain deals he works on, Financo has others. “We’re still very friendly,” Harrison pointed out.

Aside from advising Financo, Traub, the former chairman of Bloomingdale’s, also operates his marketing and consulting firm, Marvin Traub Associates, out of Financo’s headquarters on Madison Avenue and 54th Street. Traub said that his consulting business is growing and “I need additional space.” He said he was seeking offices in the same neighborhood as Financo, adding, “It’s not that we are splitting apart.”

Financo, considered a boutique firm in the world of investment banking, has grown in size and sophistication in the past three years, forming financial and consulting services to help companies improve performance, restructure and raise capital.

HEADING EAST: Maria Luisa, the designer boutiques in Paris run by Maria Luisa Poumaillou, is heading abroad. Poumaillou said she is in final negotiations with Hong Kong textile group Fenix, which manufactures Anteprima, to open a licensed Maria Luisa unit in Hong Kong. She said it could bow as soon as this fall and would focus on high-end luxury brands, such as Rochas and Revillon.

VESTED INTERESTS: At the Sotheby’s estate sale for Katharine Hepburn Friday morning, Burberry picked up two light brown wool vests, which were said to be personal favorites of the late actress. Estimated bids for both items were between $400 and $600, but one fetched $9,000 and the other got $2,100. Burberry plans to house the vests in its archives at its Haymarket building in London.

TOMMY’S TEE TIME: Tommy Hilfiger has rounded up U.S. ski team members Hannah Hardaway and Bode Miller, former New York Giants Otis Anderson and Howard Cross, Melissa Joan Hart and Kwame Jackson, among others, to compete in his celebrity golf tournament Monday in Alpine, N.J. Afterward, Saturday Night Live’s Tina Fey will host a dinner where Teri Garr will warm up the crowd as keynote speaker. The event benefits the Nancy Davis Foundation for Multiple Sclerosis.

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