While rumors of their demise bounced around the Internet, the designers behind Vena Cava, Sophie Buhai and Lisa Mayock, were hard at work producing a fall collection and finding an investor to keep their brand afloat. Yesterday, Hong Kong based Li and Fung announced that they’d struck a deal with the pair, for both design and long term licensing.
The group, which produces licensed products for everyone from Sonia Rykiel to Beyonce and Tina Knowles, will give Buhai and Mayock the resources they need to grow Vena Cava beyond just another contemporary brand. Though they skipped production on their spring collection, their noir-inspired fall clothes will land in Barneys in August, the first step toward both recovery and major growth. “We now have all the production, sourcing and technical help that we could ever dream about,” Mayock told WWD. They hope to launch a collection of home products, as well as menswear, and work on various projects like fanzines and movies. Eventually, they’ll get their own boutiques, but for now they’re focusing on quietly rebuilding the line that brought them so much attention eight years ago.
Li and Fung’s president told the trade, “We are now pretty regularly looking to attract the right kind of talent that can elevate the company, and take it to the next step, and they are probably positioned to do that with this Millennial customer like no one else.”