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Fraser Ross Prepares for Retail Return with Kitross

By Alison A. Nieder | May 5, 2016

Retailer Fraser Ross, the founder of the retail chain Kitson, is returning to retail with Kitross, which is set to open in his original 5,000-square-foot space on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles.

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.

Otis Fashion Students Help Design New Lane Bryant Collection

The fashion students at the Otis College of Art and Design had a special assignment last year: Put together a collection of plus-size work outfits that will be sold at Lane Bryant stores.

In Tough Times, Mark Zunino Opens Lavish Couture House

In Tough Times, Mark Zunino Opens Lavish Couture House

It’s an era marked by retailers closing stores and scaling back, but Mark Zunino, a Beverly Hills, Calif., couturier, unveiled a 5,500-square-foot atelier with a staff of 40 people.

Olmstead Joins CMC’s Retail Relations

The California Market Center showroom building in the Los Angeles Fashion District reorganized its retail relations department in early January.

Sweat NSK: Choose Your Activewear

Sweat NSK: Choose Your Activewear

Los Angeles’ exclusive Brentwood neighborhood is the address to many fitness businesses, but there were no multi-line boutiques offering the best activewear styles, said Natalie Fritz, a partner and the “N” in Sweat NSK.

L.A.–Based Brentwood Associates Buys Boston Proper

Boston Proper, the multichannel retailer owned by Chico’s FAS Inc., has been acquired by Los Angeles–based private-equity investment Brentwood Associates for an undisclosed amount.

Robin’s Jean Boutique Opens at Beverly Center

Robin’s Jean Boutique Opens at Beverly Center

High-end denim brand Robin’s Jean is on the move.

Can Discount Prices Get Retailers Into Trouble?

California shoppers are filing a flurry of class-action lawsuits against big-name department stores over markdowns allegedly made on “false” original prices.