SINGAPORE - Changi Airport will get its first integrated retail store, set in a new feature garden, when French fashion house Louis Vuitton opens its first airport duplex boutique next year.
The two-storey glass house will open in January at the Departure Transit Hall at Terminal 3, Changi Airport Group (CAG) said in a media release on Monday (April 3).
Louis Vuitton has only two other stores, which are not duplexes, in airports around the world: London's Heathrow Airport and Seoul's Incheon International Airport.
The Changi Airport store will offer men's and women's leather goods, accessories, shoes, watches and fragrances.
It will be the centrepiece of Changi Airport's newest themed garden, the Crystal Garden, featuring artisan glass sculptures amid flower beds.
The 530 sq m store will be the first in Asia Pacific to be managed directly by Louis Vuitton, which means travellers will get a product mix tailored specifically for them.
Chairman and chief executive of Louis Vuitton Mr Michael Burke said in the press release that "Singapore Changi Airport is such an important location for us".
"We are happy to offer this new store, not only to our Asian customers but also the international travellers who transit by this airport," he said.
CAG said in its release that Changi Airport has pioneered the concept of airport gardens since its opening in 1981.
The airport, which has more than 76,000 sq m of retail floor space, achieved retail sales of $2.3 billion last year (2016).
The store is one of many new features Changi Airport is adding to the complex. The world-class airport will open Terminal 4 in the second half of this year, while Terminal 5, which will eventually be bigger than T1, T2 and T3 combined, will open by the end of the next decade.
Jewel Changi Airport, a multi-storey retail complex, is slated to open in 2019.