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Flying through LAX? Check out this pop-up Miansai shop on wheels


If you’re walking through LAX Tom Bradley International Terminal anytime soon, you’ll spot a pastel blue 1965 Piaggio truck which looks like it should be selling homemade kombucha (or something else suitably Californian). Upon closer inspection, you’ll see that it is in fact a Miansai pop-up shop stocking a curated selection of jewellery and leathergoods.

Founded in 2008, the Miami-based brand began with a single bracelet designed by Creative Director Michael Saiger. Since then,  it has grown into a lifestyle label for both men and women, and has been featured in the likes of GQ, Vogue, and Esquire. Miansai is now sold in 40 U.S. states and 37 countries, but this outpost marks its airport debut (in partnership with Los Angeles World Airports and Westfield).

“It’s a thrill for us to bring Miansai to such a global audience,” said Michael Saiger, Founder and Creative Director. “We’re no stranger to bringing our merchandise right to customers. Through this partnership with Westfield, we’re doing exactly that – bringing Miansai to one of the busiest and best international terminals in the world.”

Open until the end of the year, this chic little vintage vehicle is part of the American brand’s growing fleet of mobile shops, which includes two vintage Airstream trailers, as well as the Fiat and Piaggio trucks. The cars are travelling coast to coast to promote Miansai’s coastal roots as part of their ongoing Mobile Tour.

The ‘beach life’ vibes are evident in Miansai’s classic multiple-band bracelet with the simple hook closure, which has become the label’s signature piece. Made in the USA using fine Italian leather, precious metals, and custom-made marine-grade ropes, Miansai’s designs are certainly a notch above your average seaside souvenir.

So if you’re looking for something special to bring home from your next trip to the City of Angels, head to Gate 148 of the international terminal and keep on trucking.


Flying somewhere fancy? Then let your accessories do the talking


If you are jetting off somewhere lovely this weekend, but you’re only taking carry-on luggage, you might want to consider the joys of accessories. They’re light, easy to pack, and will elevate your outfit with minimal effort on your part.

Whether it’s a pair of Tommy Hilfiger sunglasses, a bottle of Chanel’s latest fragrance, or Bonia’s pink satchel, these airport purchases are sure to add a touch of glamour and sophistication to your getaway outfits.

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All That Glitters: Swarovski Presents A New Traveller Exclusive Collection

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You know what looks great against a holiday tan? Sparkles. Fun, glittery jewellery of the sort that doesn’t need its own bodyguard. For Fall Winter ’17, Swarovski has released a collection of novelties exclusive to travel shopping. From coloured stud earrings to a playful teddy bear necklace, there is something for everyone – and every occasion. We are particularly enamoured with the Erinite crystal drop earrings, which would look effortlessly elegant paired with a maxi dress of an evening. Landing in airport shops at the beginning of July, these brilliant baubles are a sure-fire way to brighten someone’s day.

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Waterford Crystal jewellery dazzles in Duty Free


For years, the name Waterford Crystal has conjured up images of exquisite tumblers and delicate Champagne flutes. Now, with the launch of its fine jewellery collection in travel shopping, the Irish brand is hoping to make the leap from your sideboard to your jewellery box. Named after the city of Waterford, Ireland, the company’s reputation for quality craftsmanship dates back some 200 years. With such a pedigree, it’s easy to see why the elegant accessories are already in such high demand.

Each piece of Waterford Crystal jewellery is crafted in sterling silver, carries the renowned seahorse symbol, and is hallmarked by the Assay Office in Dublin Castle. 


So whether it’s a last-minute gift for a loved one, or simply a treat for yourself, be sure to check out the new Waterford display stand on your next trip through duty free. 

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Calling all bloggers: Chance to win cash prizes and Editor-in-Residence status


Love blogging? Love shopping? Love travel? If so, we want to hear from you. We’re looking for exciting writers who blog about the joys of travel shopping. It could be a post on the airports you rate for retail therapy, or, the amazing travel-exclusive products you’ve picked up, or, your essential airport shopping lists. Whatever you choose to blog about, if you’re writing about travel shopping we want to be reading you.

PretAirporter will host the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, a recognition of the importance that bloggers and key opinion leaders play in raising the profile of travel shopping.

Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, watches and jewellery, fine wines and spirits, will be assessed, and awarded a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw and a special PretAirporter award logo. The overall winner will also receive a USD$300 cash prize.

The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Blogger and Key Opinion Leader of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash, product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.

The award categories include:

· Blogger of the Month – Beauty
· Blogger of the Month – Fragrance
· Blogger of the Month – Fashion
· Blogger of the Month – Luxury
· Blogger of the Month – Wines & Spirits
· Vlogger of the Month
· Instagrammer of the Month
· PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year

For more information on the awards or to be featured on, please contact


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Sparkle with Swarovski this spring: New traveller-exclusives available

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Spring marks the beginning of warmer days, brighter wardrobes and… an excuse to update our jewellery boxes? Swarovski certainly thinks so and has launched a collection of traveller-exclusive accessories for spring/summer 2017.

The cutely named Giggles pendants will have customers smiling as they step into a new season. These mixed-plated pendants feature several ‘lucky charms’ which are available in different metal plating, decorated with clear crystal pavé. Swarovski says the pendants are perfect for a gift or as an everyday essential.

The Gino Set includes an elegant rhodium-plated necklace and matching earrings. A sparkling stone inside a square cage in crystal pavé dangles from the necklace.

If you don’t want to restrict yourself to one colour then the Gaelle pendants offer variety. Featuring purple, silver, blue and pink crystals, the pendants add a feminine touch to an everyday look. The pendants are presented on a rhodium-plated chain.

Look pretty in pink with the Sage pendant. Hanging on a rhodium-plated chain, the pendant presents a Rosaline crystal drop delicately wrapped in clear crystal pavé.


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Before Coco: Chanel goes back to the start for its latest inspiration

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The fashion feast of a film Coco Before Chanel, featuring Audrey Tautou, chronicled the early life of Gabrielle Chanel before she became ‘Chanel’. Now, the French fashion house has turned to those early years for its latest inspiration.

Earlier this week saw the release of a new chapter of the Inside Chanel film series: ‘Gabrielle, a Rebel at Heart’. The film which runs for a scant minute and a half, explores the early influences of the iconic designer who is credited with freeing women from the constraints of corsets into a brave new world of clothes which combined elegance with comfort and ease.

The two major launches of the Gabrielle campaign will be a fragrance line (the company’s first new fragrance pillar in 15 years according to industry bible WWD) and a handbag design.

By returning to the ‘rebel heart’ of its founder, the campaign seems to be designed to attract more of the free spirited, rebellious Millennial generation to the brand.

Gabrielle Chanel eau de parfum is scheduled to make its debut in June in Chanel boutiques and on the official Chanel website before rolling out to other Chanel retail outlets. Information disclosed at this point reveals it to be an ‘abstract floral’ created by Chanel Fragrance Creator Olivier Polge.

The Gabrielle handbag was first seen on the catwalk last October and is due to reach stores in March. Intriguingly, WWD reports that Pharrell Williams will become the first man to star in a Chanel handbag campaign (he wears a croc version of the Gabrielle cross-body). Three other Chanel muses: Kristen Stewart, Cara Delevingne and Caroline de Maigret will also feature in the Karl Lagerfeld-shot campaign, to be released on 3 April.

There’s also news that ‘Gabrielle’ will inspire new watch and jewellery designs from the house later in the year.

Did somebody say waiting list?

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Love is in the air at Dubai Duty Free

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Lacking inspiration as to what to buy your loved one for Valentine’s Day? Why not declare your love with an Akaru diamond set, available exclusively at Dubai Duty Free. After all, diamonds are a girl’s best friend.

Inspired by traditional floral designs, the exclusive diamond sets include a pendant and earrings. The diamonds are intricately set in a new technique called ‘miracle setting’ which is claimed to enhance the brilliance and beauty of the diamonds – so you’ll be sure to dazzle in your bling.

There are two sets to choose from, each offering a pendant and earrings. One set is priced at US$1,305.56 and the other is selling for US$2,152.78.