MILAN — It’s the end of the trip for Voyage and Italian manufacturer Falber.
After a two-year licensing and distribution agreement for the Voyage Couture label, the two have parted ways on that collection. Falber, however, will remain a partner in Voyage and will continue to distribute the Voyage Amour line. Longtime licensee Sportswear International will continue to produce and distribute the Voyage Passion line.
“The contract expired and we decided not to renew it,” said Saverio Moschillo, owner of Falber. “It was consensual. Our strategic objectives were different.”
Moschillo, who’s also a partner in John Richmond, said he wanted to focus all manufacturing resources on that brand, which is experiencing strong growth. He said clothing sales for 2003 should reach $68.9 million, or 60 million euros.
A Voyage spokesman said the brand’s founders and designers, Tiziano and Louise Mazzilli, would announce a new licensing agreement in “due course,” but declined to offer any other details.
After Voyage’s corporate entity, Organic Clothing Ltd., slid into liquidation in 2002, the family found three Italian backers to help resuscitate the brand. Moschillo and his manufacturing firm, Falber, are two of three partners. SINV Holding, parent of Sportswear International, is the other.
Francesco Dalla Rovere, a board member of SINV Holding, said the Passion licensing agreement and his investment in Voyage were still very much intact, although he said his company had no plans to pick up the Couture license.
Moschillo, meanwhile, declined to comment on whether he would sell his stake in Voyage. “It’s a very delicate situation. I have much esteem for the Mazzilli family,” Moschillo said. “For now, I don’t want to talk about my share in the company.”