KITSON SUES: Kitson is fighting back against Majestic Mills. The retailer has countersued the manufacturer of Nicole Richie’s Winter Kate clothing line, which launched a lawsuit in August claiming Kitson owed $225,000 worth of vests, dresses, cardigans and more.
In documents filed with the Los Angeles County Superior Court, Kitson argues that Majestic Mills’ failure to secure Richie for an appearance at a launch party for Winter Kate clothes and House of Harlow 1960 shoes deprived the retailer of profits in excess of $500,000. Kitson also asserts it was forced to take markdowns on Winter Kate goods when the brand was provided to competitors at cheaper prices.
Perhaps Kitson would have had better luck if Richie did children’s clothes. The retailer, which already has a 7,500-square-foot store in Santa Monica Place, is opening a roughly 2,500-square-foot kids’ store at the recently revamped shopping center on Nov. 15. “The kids’ business is doing better than women’s,” said Kitson owner Fraser Ross. “All these 12-year-olds want to look like Justin Bieber.”