The First Duty-Free Louis Vuitton Store is Coming to Seoul's Incheon Airport
Incheon International Airport, Seoul
There is no airport we've been to thus far that has more focus on duty-free shopping than Seoul, South Korea's Incheon International. Not only is there what seems like mile after mile of top luxury brands offering their products in mini version of their regular store, but there's even malls in the center of Seoul where you can go to purchase duty-free items and later (even weeks later) pick them up at the airport. We have a friend in Seoul whose family will even take short international flights just for the purpose of getting duty-free deals. That's dedication.
Incheon Airport has proved itself to be such a moneymakers for big brands that Louis Vuitton who just do not do airport stores, has given in and will open their first airport location here. LVMH prez Bernard Arnault personally swing through the airport earlier this year to check out the prospects, and apparently all met with his approval. Although there's no opening date set, the airport is already taking about increasing flights to China just because of the demand the LV duty-free shop will create.
Even though this will be the first LV-branded airport store, there are ways to get the goods duty-free right now. If you're in Seoul, stop by The Shilla or Lotte's duty-free malls in town to buy LV bags and more, or simply swing by any airport outlet of a super fancy department store worldwide; LV isn't hard to find at all, but a selection such as the Incheon store will have is.
[Photo of Incheon Airport: Jaunted]