Kitson’s Fraser Ross Sues Former Business Partner

By Andrew Asch | August 18, 2016

In 2011, Fraser Ross hired Chris Lee to turn the Kitson chain of boutiques into a global brand.

ModCloth Ramping Up to Add Stores

After operating as an online site for women’s indie apparel, ModCloth is gearing up to add bricks to its clicks-based business model.

After Four-Year PR Battle, Caruso Concedes Defeat in Carlsbad Development Deal

In a hotly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif. rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand. A statement from Rick J. Caruso, the founder of the Los Angeles–headquartered Caruso Affiliated, was released.

Carlsbad Voters Give Thumbs Down to Caruso Mall

In a tightly contested special election, voters in Carlsbad, Calif., rejected a retail center proposed by Caruso Affiliated, the developer of the prominent retail centers The Grove and The Americana at Brand, located in Los Angeles and Glendale, Calif., respectively.

Fred Segal, Barnabas to Move Into New Tech Enclave in Playa Vista

Major tech companies such as Facebook and Google already have offices in Los Angeles’ Playa Vista district. Now it is time for fashion boutiques.

Mashouf Rejoins Bebe, Announces Restructuring

Bebe Stores Inc. Founder Manny Mashouf is taking the reins of the struggling mall-based women’s retailer, it was announced on Feb. 19. He also announced a 14.6 percent job cut in the company’s design, merchandising and production division.

Wynn to Develop Retail on Las Vegas Strip

Casino magnate Steve Wynn announced new retail development Wynn Plaza, a 75,518-square-foot retail center scheduled to make its debut on the Las Vegas Strip by Fall 2017.

Saks Opens Canada Store

Saks Fifth Avenue opened its first store in Canada on Feb. 18.

What’s Checking: Silver Lake

What’s Checking: Silver Lake

Reflecting the all-embracing community surrounding Sunset Junction, Silver Lake’s boutiques boast an eclectic mix of merchandise that bears the common denominator of quality.

Diane Merrick Looks Back on 50 Years in Fashion

Call it the end of an era for Los Angeles boutique retail. Diane Merrick announced last month that she was closing her 45-year-old, self-named Diane Merrick boutique. Most likely, she is the last of her pioneering generation of boutique retailers to close operations.

True&Co. Lingerie Store Hits the Road

Michelle Lam calls it “nomadic retail.” A trailer outfitted with a boutique will bring her e-commerce lingerie brand True&Co. to cities across the United States this year.

E-Commerce Showing More Interest in Bricks-and-Mortar

For 18 months, People’s Project LA has been selling its sweaters, dresses, dusters, rompers and everything fashionable through its website.

Retail Sales on a Positive Trail for 2016

Despite an uncertain economic beginning to the year, the National Retail Federation is forecasting that retail sales will be up 3.1 percent this year, which is slightly better than the 10-year average of 2.7 percent.

Retail Sales on a Positive Trail for 2016

NRF forecasts retail sales to be up 3.1 percent in 2016.

January Sales Slow

Retailers typically regard January as a clearance month, a period of time to slog through while focusing on the important business of upcoming Spring fashion. However, January did not start the year with much cheer.

Diane Merrick’s Influential Boutique Closes

Diane Merrick’s Influential Boutique Closes

After 45 years running a boutique selling cashmere, jeans, china and antiques to generations of Los Angelenos, Diane Merrick is closing her namesake boutique. On Jan. 28, she announced the closing sale for the Diane Merrick boutique at 7407 Beverly Blvd., near Los Angeles’ Fairfax District.