Washington Dulles International Airport celebrated the grand opening of its luxury retail wing in Concourse A and B on August 19, highlighted by the gala ribbon cutting of seven new luxury branded boutiques opened by Duty Free Americas.
The new DFA stores include Michael Kors, Kiehl’s, L’Occitane, Burberry, Thomas Pink, Coach and Montblanc.
“We are excited about the recent opening of our newest boutiques at Dulles International Airport. The addition of these seven boutiques and the world-class brands they represent builds on the success of our luxury fashion and accessory departments within our core duty free store and provides further selection to the Airport’s travel retail offerings,” DFA CEO Jerome Falic told TMI.
“We are grateful to the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Marketplace Development for sharing our vision and for giving us the opportunity to create a fabulous shopping experience at the Airport,” he continued.
DFA has opened similar boutiques in Miami International Airport, New York’s JF Kennedy International and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport as well. “The airport authorities in the U.S. were looking for ways to make their stores more appealing to travelers and are turning to boutiques, more like in Asia,” Falic said.
A new Estee Lauder/MAC store, managed by International Shoppes, and preppy clothing store Vineyard Vines, managed by Hudson Group, have also joined the lineup of new stores.
Below: DFA Regional General Manager Annette Gutsmiedl cuts the ribbon inaugurating the L’Occitane en Provence boutique in Washington Dulles International airport surrounded by L’Occitane’s Isabelle Dlachasse and Anna Miller, DFA’s Jerome and Joseph Falic, Steve Baker, VP of Concessions for MWAA and Paul McGinn of MarketPlace Development.