Retail Report: Kitson Is Closing All Stores

by Kristen Heinzinger

It’s the end of an era: Kitson, boutique retailer famous for its clientele of L.A. socialites and aspiring starlets, is going out of business and closing its 17 stores in California, Oregon, and Nevada, according to the LA TimesYesterday, shopkitson.com (which will also shut down) advertised all items at 30 to 50 percent off; the official “Big Ass In-Store Sale!” (a.k.a. “going out of business sale”) is in full force, too.

James Wong, Kitson’s chief restructuring officer, said the company is in talks with interested parties to save the brand. However, business hasn’t looked too good lately; this summer, the Wall Street Journal reported Kitson received a loan from parent company to Spirit Halloween costume stores and Spencer’s shops, Spencer Spirit Holdings, to delay bankruptcy.

The store earned scads of press in the early 2000s when the decade’s pop culture faves, like Lindsay LohanParis Hilton, the Kardashians, and stars of The Hills, were spotted regularly carrying armfuls of sky-blue shopping bags from the Robertson Boulevard location. If Kitson truly dissolves, perhaps fans can find solace in DASH.

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