When you want the best, you sometimes have to go to the source. When choosing a destination to fly to on a private charter, the trendiest places to shop are those that drip haute couture, offer the most gratifying experiences and offer choices that you can’t find elsewhere. Lucky for you, you don’t have to worry about carry-on limits or having extra luggage space when you fly private. Book a charter jet to these shopping hot-spots:
Hong Kong, China
There is no lack of style when it comes to Hong Kong shopping. With multi-story malls like Times Square and Pacific Place, you’ll find everything from Prada to Mikimoto to Atsuro Tayama. Don’t forget to pop into the VIP shopper lounges. Hong Kong is also the place to go when you want jewelry and bespoke tailoring.
The Tsim Sha Tsui (TST) district on the waterfront also offers choice shopping with charming local designer boutiques. Check out Initial to see fabulous fashion trends worthy of your closet, along with unique finds for the home and office.
Milan never goes out of fashion. If offered only one destination shopping trip during your lifetime, immediately book a private flight to Milan. When you arrive back to the U.S., you’ll be so on-trend that it will take your friends at least a couple months to catch-up. The rest of the country will follow in a couple years.
If you don’t know where to start in Milan, go to the Quadrilatero d’Oro’s Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall in the world and home to some of the city’s oldest restaurants. Seeing the marble-laden walls and colorful glass-vaulted arcades that connect Oazza del Duomo to Piazza della Scala make the trip worth your while. It doesn’t hurt that your favorite luxury retailers are also under the same roof and on the surrounding streets.
For more upscale shopping, the Via Montenapoleone fashion district, or quadrilatero della moda, is a must to exercise your Black AMEX. With 14 streets of premium shopping, give yourself plenty of time to browse.
Seoul, South Korea
Korea is the birthplace and home of many game-changing beauty products, like the konjac sponge and BB creams. It’s a beauty junky’s heaven if you’re big on cosmetics. You’ll find most of the cosmetic and skincare shops around Jungang-gil (the central street) and the Myeong-dong Theater.
Myeong-dong, Seoul’s primary shopping district, is stunning with exquisite brands lining the streets, particularly around and in the Lotte and Shinsegae department stores.
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai naturally drips gilded opulence, so it makes sense that exquisite shopping is the norm. The city has impressive labyrinthine malls that give a unique opportunity to find Arabic, British, Italian, American, Italian and French designers in the same area. You can find many of these designers at the Dubai Mall, in the Fashion Avenue area. Keep in mind that this is the biggest mall in the world, so wear comfortable shoes.
If visiting the UAE for jewelry and precious stones, make a stop at Damas to see a striking selection of set jewelry and watches.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Shopping in Buenos Aires rivals any European shopping experience. Known as the “Paris of South America,” UNESCO appointed the Buenos Aires as the first City of Design. The Recoleta district is home to the city’s upscale fashion houses. The real treasures, however, are in the Palermo and San Telmo neighborhoods, where you’ll find the latest design and fashion trends. The San Telmo neighborhood boasts boho-chic boutiques by independent designers, like Pablo Ramírez.
Buenos Aires is also one of the best places to find premium leather bags, coats and accessories. Check out Humawaca to see for yourself. Find more leather goods along Calle Murillo in the Villa Crespo area.