- Les Petits Chapelais
146 Sullivan St., nr. Prince St.; 212-625-1023
As the Upper East Side moms who trek down here will tell you, this French children’s boutique strikes the perfect balance between Bonpoint-quality cuts and recess-friendly fabrics. Owner Dominique Simonneaux just moved from her cozy—but admittedly disorganized—shop of six years to a sleeker, bigger space around the corner. Now racks for newborns to 12-year-olds are neatly subdivided by age and gender; emerging European lines (bright organic-stretch-cotton rompers from Trommpo, reversible quilted overalls by Toit de la Lune) mix with upscale staples (knit-cotton Petit Bateau onesies, graphic tees by Ten) ranging from $30 to $200. Front and center is an array of stitched leather Pom d’Api shoes, exclusive in New York to Simonneaux, including rubber-soled gladiator sandals and sheepskin-lined baby biker boots (from $70).
From the 2013 Best of New York issue of New York Magazine
So what exactly does “best” mean in a city with thousands of pizza joints, hundreds of celebrity masseuses, and museum-worthy concept shops on every corner? Well, in the case of this, our annual “Best of New York” roundup, there’s a heavy emphasis on what’s new or what has somehow remained virtually unheard of (until now, of course).