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Whether you're flying into town or have some time to kill before departure, you'll soon discover that the Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is secretly a really awesome place to shop. Covering eight domestic terminals and one brilliantly revamped global hub, the frequented flight site is filled with stylish destinations that rival most non-airport shopping centers.
It can all get pretty overwhelming, so to help you navigate the options, we've rounded up ten top LAX shops to hit for all your fashion and beauty needs. And yes, half are located at Tom Bradley International Terminal (TBIT) because it's just that good.
1. DTS Beauty Counter (TBIT, Great Hall):
As we mentioned back in June, Tom Bradley now hosts the largest airport beauty floor in the country, and that's a beautiful thing. Beeline here for duty-free primping essentials from Chanel, Jurlique, Benefit, SK-II and LA's own Smashbox.
2. Fred Segal (TBIT, Great Hall):
We can't stop talking about this fantastical shop. In addition to carrying a noteworthy amount of local brands like Cast of Vices and Cotton Citizen, Westfield's creation also hosts colorful candy that one commenter claims is the "best souvenir ever."
3. Kitson (TBIT, Great Hall):
Tentatively opening next Monday, this highly-anticipated store is expected to carry tons of LA exclusives. In case you missed it, the trendy retailer gave us a sneak peek at the upcoming goods, which include "Elle A" tees from Sol Angeles and Skyline socks in Laker colors.
4. Sanrio (TBIT, South Concourse):
As if LAX's new EVA Air Hello Kitty Jet wasn't cute enough, the airport also houses a hidden treasure trove of the Japanese company's best toys and products.
Photo by Elizabeth Daniels
5. Hermès (TBIT, Great Hall):
Although we don't have the exact opening date for the French luxury brand's snazzy new boutique, expect an enviable inventory and striking interior. Who knows, maybe they'll throw another mindblowing party for the occasion.
6. Hudson Booksellers (Terminal 4, Departures):
If all you're looking for is some quality reading material, head here for the airport's largest variety of magazines and books. You can also pick up some snacks and giftables while you're at it.
7. Sunglass Hut (Terminal 4, Departures):
Before catching LA's legendary sun rays, you'll obviously need to pick up some cool frames. Offering spectacles for men, women and children, this spot features all the big-name brands you're looking for, including Ray-Ban, Gucci, Tom Ford and Miu Miu.
Photo via Kitson
8. Kitson LAX (Terminal 7, Departures):
While you wait for Kitson TBIT to make its grand debut, may we suggest exploring LAX's existing location? It opened last year and features all the lighthearted fashion and novelty items the Cali retailer is known for.
9. Rip Curl (Terminal 5, Departures):
Just like those sunnies, you'll def need to pick up some beach-ready gear before hitting our city. Or, if you're en route to an exotic destination, hit this place up for any last minute wet suits, bikinis or trunks that you totally thought you packed before leaving the house.
10. Xpress Spa (Terminal 5, Departures):
Last but not least, enjoy this terminal's lifesaving spa treatments on the go. Click here for a list of services that include pre- or post-flight massages (genius), manicures, facials and even hairstyling. Now we know how celebs look flawless when they step out of the airport!
· LAX [Official Site]
· Photos! LAX's Revamped Tom Bradley International Terminal [Racked]
· Happy Dance! 1st Phase of LAX Int'l Terminal Revamp Complete [Racked]
· Photos! EVA Air's Ridiculously Cute Hello Kitty Jet Lands at LAX [Racked]
· Photos: Inside LAX Tom Bradley's Fantastical Fred Segal Shop [Racked]