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Recession RIP: Tracey Ross closes iconic Sunset Boulevard boutique

80382762 When it comes to unique Los Angeles retail, shops like Fred Segal and Tracey Ross have always been our equivalent to N.Y.'s Henri Bendel or Atlanta's Jeffrey. The owner Ross -- often mistaken for Farrah Fawcett with her tousled blond mane, mile-wide smile and bronzed complexion -- is a fixture at fashion shows and on the red carpet party circuit. But even a high profile and loyal following of celebrities like Kate Hudson couldn't save Ross and her eponymous boutique from the wrath of the recession. WWD reports this morn that Ross will shutter the shop she relocated to Sunset Plaza in 1996, after initially opening on Robertson Boulevard almost two decades ago.

"Of course it's the economy," Ross told WWD. 

-- Monica Corcoran

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Ross' clients should be immune to economic uncertainty. That seems like a poor excuse. Bendel and Jeffrey, your example of her equals, aren't closing.

Is Fred Segal going out of business? Hell, even the Kardashians boutique is still in business.

Maybe Tracy has just lost her touch and her customers have responded accordingly?


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