Kitson (store)

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Kitson
Type Private
Industry Retail
Founded Los Angeles, CA (2000 (2000))
Founders Fraser Kitson Ross
Headquarters West Hollywood, California, U.S.
Number of locations 18
Key people Fraser Ross, Founder
Chris Lee, CEO
Heagin Lee, Vice President
Courtney Saavedra, Director of Marketing & PR
Mark Peters, Director of Stores
Products Clothing, jewelry, beauty products, gifts, novelties, books
Owners A-List
Website shopkitson.com

Kitson is an upmarket department store chain whose head store is on Robertson Boulevard in Los Angeles. This store is a well-known place for celebrity spotting, especially by paparazzi.

Since its founding in 2000, by Fraser Ross, Kitson has made quite a few changes. The original shop on Robertson has grown into a hotspot for both celebrities and fashion enthusiasts. The online boutique, 18 locations throughout Southern California, and 1 location in Portland, OR, provide dynamic styles for women, men, and kids from brands including Lazypants, Sol Angeles, 3x1 Denim, MIH Jeans, Bleulab and Autumn Cashmere. Kitson carries exclusives from Homies, Boy London, Yosi Samra, Lauren Moshi, and more.

The Wall Street Journal reported, "At Kitson, Mr. Ross has made a science of understanding trend-conscious consumers. His stores, christened with his middle name, are often mentioned in gossip columns alongside photos of celebrities who are seen exiting with a new handbag or pair of pricey jeans. Unlike many upscale boutiques, he doesn't shut out photographers who follow celebrities but is outright friendly, not just to paparazzi but to the reporters who call to ask what the celebrities bought."

In April, 2012, Kitson opened its first location at LAX, Los Angeles International Airport, in the United Terminal. Following its success, another location opened in the Tom Bradley International Terminal, TBIT, in October. Named the Most Improved Airport of 2013, Kitson is one of the high end boutiques that has contributed to the terminal's successful reinvention.

The team of buyers scouts showcases locally in Los Angeles and in Europe for new trends, classic styles, and chic designs that exude modish culture and give everyday life a little more flair. The selection is edited, constantly updating, and fit for a queen. You'll find casual t-shirts, polished dresses, edgy sneakers, and pop culture books all under one roof, alongside novelty items, stocking stuffers, and unique gifts for difficult people. At the heart of Kitson is the effortlessly fashion forward, Los Angeles lifestyle. From cradle to grave, from soup to nuts, Kitson has something to indulge every shopper's desire for the LA fashion experience. Stylists shop Kitson first for movies, TV shows, and always dramatic reality shows. You've seen celebrities tote the infamous blue bags -come find something they haven't discovered yet, and create your own style with high-fashion appeal.

In February 2014, Kitson is slated to open its largest store to date in Las Vegas at The LINQ, a retail, dining, and entertainment complex featuring High Roller, the world's tallest Ferris wheel.

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