Kitson Drops Lauren Conrad's Clothing Line

07/17/2008 at 06:00 AM ET

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Lauren Conrad may be expanding her eponymous design line — recently previewing Holiday, Fall/Winter and Resort collections as well as discussing a possible shoe line — but not everyone is buying it. Kitson owner Fraser Ross has dropped Conrad’s line from his well-known Robertston Boulevard boutique, citing flagging sales coupled with a lack of support on Conrad’s side. Ross tells PEOPLE, “Celebrity clothing lines are a tough sell as it is, and you have to promote your line just as you would an album or a TV show.” And as Ross points out, it’s not that Kitson is inaccesible for Conrad. “Lauren has been on Robertson three times since her clothing line launched but she couldn’t pop by to say hello to the sales staff that sell her line to her fans.” Ross’s advice to Conrad on how to succeed in fashion reasonates to all of her fellow celeb designers. He explains, “You have got to make your clients and customers happy because you are competing against a lot of talented designers in the industry.” Tell us: Have you bought L.C.’s clothing line?

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Jamie on

I actually haven’t considered buying any of the items because there is no umph as they say to her line. Its just the basics summer dresses, shirts or whatever else. Probably over priced for the type of fabric that they are making the clothes with. And it doesnt help that she really doesn’t promote her clothing line herself. Everytime I see her in a magazine she is wearing somebody elses clothing line. One piece of advise I would give to her is be true to yourself first. Just because you semi-made a name for yourself doesnt mean your name alone will sale clothes. Maybe to the pre-teens or some teenagers but to the rest of the hardworking world we have to see that its a passion of yours and not just another avenue to make money. And by all means if your going to not be as active in promoting your own line at least give the sales people more praises than ever before, because they are the real money makers, not your name……Much success……J

AnnieJ on

Absolutely not. She’s not a real designer (nor is she a real celebrity).

India on

Absolutely not!!!!!!!! They are too expensive # 1. And # 2, you can find similar items for way cheaper!!! Just because she was given a reality show on tv doesnt mean she needs to charge $300 for a plain maxi dress!

Tiffany on

Her clothes are so unoriginal and boring. All of her styles you can get at Forever 21 for 10x cheaper! She is one of the blah-est persons on tv and is only popular because all of the unintelligent teenagers can understand her horrendous dialogue with her equally unintelligent friends. Just take the time to write down what she and her three friends say during an episode of the hills, and you’ll notice it’s 2nd grade dialougue content. Seriously, how embarrassing for their parents.

Marjolein on

Pff…ofcourse not. I agree with AnnieJ.

Marjolein on

Ha ha ha.. and with Tiffany!

Marie on

I have considered it, the pieces are simple and unpretentious. I have seen much worse from “so called2 profesional designers.
I think Mr. Fraser Ross is just looking for some free publicity by trashing LC. Like it or not she has gained some popularity…

Tina on

Honestly, i have considered to buy a few of her things and i wasnt sure.. but now that this has happened i want to help out lauren conrad. honestly she is one of the hardest working celebrities we know. everyone thinks her life is so easy but i would like to see any one here create a fashion line, run a fashion show, be the star of a tv show, deal with her regular drama,and work at peoples revolution. HONESTLY, GIVE IT A TRY !!

jenny on

I love it, love it! Fraser Ross you are the man of the hour! Way to let these reality stars know, just because your fake on your show, it doesnt mean you cant be real out in the real world! There are people busting their butt out here to make it, and kudos to you Mr. Fraser Ross… you have set the bar pretty dam high!

Shari on

I’m a big LC fan but I haven’t bought any of her stuff because they are boring and overpriced to me. Simple jersey stuff in simple silhouettes, no prints or interesting fabrics really. She needs several more years experience. If she wasn’t on a reality show, she’d be like any other fashion school student struggling to get hired as even an intern (like she did at Teen Vogue) in the biz.

Her fame has made her rush to get this line out IMO before she was ready, in maturity (as it takes a lot to run your own fashion empire) and skill.

But I wish her well and might buy some of her stuff in a few years once its a little more polished.

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