An official announcement is expected to be made this week.
Michael Kors has made no secret of its ambition to grow its portfolio of high-end brands after swooping on British stiletto-heel maker Jimmy Choo for $1.2 billion last year. The company, whose namesake label is best known for its leather handbags, could not immediately be reached for comment. Versace declined to comment.
The Italian fashion icon has been considering a market listing after U.S. private-equity group Blackstone bought a 20 percent stake back in 2014 to fund overseas expansion, although Chief Executive Jonathan Akeroyd told Reuters earlier this year there was no rush for a market debut.
After investing in Versace at a high multiple, Blackstone found the fashion group's performance disappointing and not sufficient to justify a market listing, said one of the sources, who is close to the family.
"They gradually persuaded the family to look into a possible sale and introduced them to a series of buyers, including Michael Kors," sources told Reuters. "Blackstone wasn't going to put any more money into it. They needed a buyer who could make heavy investments."