MIAMI TRANSFER: Estaban Cortazar has picked up stakes in Miami and relocated to Manhattan, where he is working out of his Battery Park apartment.

"I'm young and my business is young, so I thought now was a good time," he said.

Before last week's big move, Cortazar rounded up 10 friends and flew to his native Colombia to celebrate his 23rd birthday. Cortazar said he made the most of the excursion, extending it for three weeks — his longest break for quite a stretch.

For the time being, he is primarily focused on developing his signature collection — not pursuing one-off deals or other collaborations. Aside from being closer to the apparel business' epicenter, the move should give Cortazar some artistic inspiration. He intends to glean his share of ideas from Gotham's museums, art galleries, theatrical performances and other cultural attractions.

THE MAN IN PINSTRIPES: Johnny Damon's status as a New York Yankees star didn't deter him from stopping by one of his favorite Boston haunts Saturday — Louis Boston. Damon and his wife, Michelle Mangan, are apparently big fans of the tony Berkeley Street store. He was there after the Yanks' 11-6 loss to the Red Sox, and she was at the store during the game. The couple later caught up with some Boston friends — Damon is a former Sox center fielder — at Louis Boston's Restaurant L. Owner Debi Greenberg, a die-hard Sox fan, bears no hard feelings about Damon's defection. "We were friends while they were in Boston, so why shouldn't we still be friends?"

LIFE IS A CABARET: Mary McFadden never fails to surprise her former fashion pals. Her latest gig was at Rick's Cafe in Casablanca, Morocco, where she performed a rendition of "As Time Goes By." The bar that was central to the Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic "Casablanca" did not actually exist until an opportunist built one a few years back. McFadden is at work on a documentary with director Muzaffar Ali, which has called for trips to India and Turkey. This summer she is headed to the Newport, R.I., mansion Rosecliff on July 17 to lecture about "Goddesses, Symbols and Ancient Textiles." She also will take to the high seas as a guest lecturer for Silver Sea Cruises.

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