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2008 Rank: 98
Riding the pop-culture wave has been a lucrative proposition for Ross, 46. So much so that Kitson continues to be a major destination for tourists. Hoping to take the Kitson name to other towns, Ross bowed more U.S. locations this year, in Malibu, Calif.; on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles; on Main Street in Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.; and in the Americana at Brand Mall in Glendale, Calif. Ross introduced his stores to the Asian market as well, debuting two stores in Tokyo with retail giant Itochu Corp. And over the next four years, at least 25 Kitson stores are planned to open in Japan, with ambitious projections of $250 million in sales. China and Korea are also on his wish list.
Power Players: Jay Andrews, men’s buyer; Mimi Kang, women’s buyer