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The industrial city of Pittsburgh has emerged as a travel destination over the past few years (with plenty of cool restaurants and a new Ace Hotel to prove it). The Pittsburgh International Airport hasn’t totally followed suit with the shopping options — most are national brands rather than hip, local shops — but still, there are some surprisingly decent opportunities for browsing, shopping for gifts, or picking up any essentials you forgot to pack.
Most boutiques are located in the "Center Core" area right in the middle of the airport, so you don’t have to worry about walking too far from your gate.
Italian accessories maker Furla hits the same trends and shapes as the It bag brands — candy-colored bucket bags, satchels, and crossbodies — without requiring next month’s rent. The wide selection of mini bags are especially tempting as airport impulse buys, and will only run you between $178 and $450. Airside Terminal; Center Core
Collezioni – The Beauty Gallery
This beauty emporium carries hundreds of brands and products, so whether you left a few essentials out of your carry-on luggage and want to replace them with something better (Bliss soap, Fekkai shampoo) or simply want to pick up some extras (OPI nail polish) you can do so here. Airside Terminal; Center Core
What’s worse than forgetting your underwear during a trip? Nothing. Knicker carries every under garment, from boxers to sports bras to robes. It also happens to stock a lot of Calvin Klein, and those logo bras and bikini-cut panties have become pretty trendy in the past few years. Airside Terminal; Center Core
Affordable, reliable, and with some surprisingly on-trend options, the airport outpost of Nine West is worth a browse. In addition to shoes, the shop also carries bags and other accessories. Airside Terminal; Center Core
Forgot to pack your running sneakers, or finally decided to embrace the athleisure trend now that you’re about to be stuck on a plane? Head to this fitness outpost, which stocks athletic wear and shoes for men, women, and children. Airside Terminal; Center Core
While Armani Jeans probably isn’t your favorite label, if you pop in to kill some time while stuck in the airport you might find a few surprises: silky tops, denim button-ups, sleek leather (and faux leather) jackets, and of course, jeans. The current dress selection in particular has some good options, including cotton poplin shirt dresses and printed rompers. Airside Terminal; Center Core
Other Shops to Note
While the highlights above are your best bets, you’ll also find some other shops in the Center Core, including Brooks Brothers and Hugo Boss for menswear; Brookstone for travel-related goods and electronics; Johnston & Murphy, Lacoste, and Desigual for men’s and women’s apparel; and several options for jewelry including Pandora. There are also a few outposts you might want to know about elsewhere, including Best Buy Kiosks (Concourses A and B) for headphones and other electronics, and Paradies Travel Mart (Concourse A, the Center Core, and baggage claim) for souvenirs and small gifts.