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.

Belk’s New CEO Has a California Connection

Lisa Harper, who has been named the new chief executive of Belk department stores, starts her new job on July 5. She was most recently the chief executive of Hot Topic Inc.

Retailers Need to Move from Omnichannel 1.0 to Omnichannel 2.0 to Stay Relevant

Retailers scrambling to enter the omni-channel world may already be behind their competitors.

Interim Director Named for Fashion District BID

While the Los Angeles Fashion District Business Improvement District searches for a new executive director, the BID’s managing director will step in on an interim basis. Adds to Board, Prepares for Digital Events in California, Texas, the digital retail division of the Washington, D.C.–based National Retail Federation, added five new board members, bringing the board total to 12.

Forever 21 Is Downsizing Its U.K. Retail Footprint

Forever 21, which launched a small fleet of stores in Great Britain six years ago, is taking another look at its retail portfolio after losing millions of dollars.

Barbara Fields Reopening Buying Office

Barbara Fields Buying Office is reopening at the California Market Center.

Brigade LA Moving to LA Live in DTLA

Brigade LA is moving to a new space at LA Live in downtown Los Angeles.

Retail Sales Declines in May, NRF Predicts Father’s Day Uptick

Most large retailers reported sales declines in May, but a recent NRF survey points to increased spending in June.

Rents Keep Rising for Retail Space in Hot Los Angeles Neighborhoods

Stories abound about the death of bricks-and-mortar stores, but retailers in Los Angeles keep setting up outposts and rents keep going up.

The Way We Wore’s Doris Raymond Takes Vintage Online

The Way We Wore’s Doris Raymond Takes Vintage Online

The Way We Wore owner Doris Raymond has launched a new e-commerce site featuring vintage and more recent pieces.

WithMe: Meet the Store of the Future

WithMe: Meet the Store of the Future

On May 26, WithMe took the wraps off its first permanent mall-based store, housed inside Santa Monica Place in Santa Monica, Calif., where an arsenal of high-tech gadgets is used to make shopping easier for customers and retailing more efficient.

ModCloth Names New Chief Technology Officer

ModCloth—the San Francisco–based online purveyor of its own clothing brand as well as an e-commerce site that offers an assortment of fashion, accessories, shoes and home décor from independent designers—has named Nicolas Genest as its chief technology officer.

Gap Closing All Old Navy Stores in Japan, Plus Select Banana Republic Stores

After reporting dismal sales for its first quarter, Gap Inc. announced it is closing all 53 of its Old Navy stores in Japan and 75 Banana Republic stores in mostly overseas locations as it concentrates on other geographies.

Retailers Relying More on Promotions This Year to Clinch a Sale

Statistics show that during the first three months of this year, retailers were putting up more signs for special promotions than during the same period last year.

Gap Inc. Posts Dismal April Sales in All Categories

All of Gap Inc.'s retail chains showing negative same-store sales for April.