Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airmall Renovation Helps Travelers Fly in Style

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Airmall Renovation Helps Travelers Fly in Style

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There's no need to jet-set to New York City to shop in one spot for fashions by the likes of Armani, Hugo Boss, Desigual and Lacoste. Now people passing through Pittsburgh can peruse them all before ever boarding a flight at the AIRMALL at Pittsburgh International Airport.

The 23-year-old retail complex recently was at the center of a $10 million development that brought to it a mix of domestic and international fashion and beauty brands.

"We always like to say the airport is the first and last impression any visitor has of the city and the region so we've always tried to do our best to make an impression," says vice president of development Jay Kruisselbrink.

AIRMALL is now home to Armani Jeans; Tumi; Furla Italian shoes, accessories and handbags; and Collezioni -- The Beauty Gallery, more than 3,000 square feet of cosmetic and skincare products from top international brands. It also has Pittsburgh's only freestanding Desigual store, a Spanish-inspired brand known for its bright and bold fashions, and the country's first Pinko, Italian-inspired contemporary women's wear. There also is a chance to take what's been billed as "a culinary tour of Italy" at Bottega dei Sapori, which has a selection of fine Italian foods including artisanal pastas, olive oils and a wine and espresso bar.

Looks from some of these stores were featured last week in a runway show at AIRMALL that was part of a day of festivities to celebrate the project's completion.

"When I would be in the Sydney airport or the Amsterdam airport or the London airport it looked fantastic, and when you're tired and jetlagged ... you see these high-end shops and these incredible beauty spaces. It was really exciting and made traveling so much better, but in the United States there wasn't a lot of airports that did the same thing," says makeup artist Carmindy, known for her work on TLC's "What Not to Wear. …

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