HAPPY TOGETHER: Forget talk that the enigmatic duo behind Imitation of Christ, Tara Subkoff and Matt Damhave, are parting ways after their presentation Sunday in New York. It was confirmed Thursday that instead, they’re broadening the scope of their label to encompass more than just fashion design. Ian Schrager said he signed a deal with the duo to create a series of video art installations to be displayed in his boutique hotels, beginning with a 25-by-45-foot piece, in New York’s Paramount, later this year.
VOYAGE SAILS AGAIN: Voyage owners Tiziano and Louise Mazzilli said Thursday that they had found three new backers for their London-based label. Those companies are SINV Holding, parent of Sportswear International; the Forli, Italy-based Falber, and Saverio Moschillo. The first two firms produce Voyage collections under license, while Moschillo sells Voyage through his showrooms in Europe and the U.S. All three are now shareholders of Voyage, whose corporate entity, Organic Clothing Ltd., went into liquidation last week. The Mazzillis said in a statement that Voyage planned to open 80 new corners over the next five years in specialty stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. They added that Voyage would show its top line, Voyage Couture, at Milan’s ready-to-wear shows on March 4 or 5 at the Museo della Permanente.
BEST FOOT FORWARD: Los Angeles-based sportswear firm Hot Kiss has licensed Brown Shoe Co. for a collection of shoes, bowing Feb. 10-12 at WSA in Las Vegas. It includes boots, casuals, fashion athletics and dress shoes. The $30 million brand already has licenses for handbags, belts and eyewear.