- Sailor Rose
60 E. 4th St., nr. Bowery; 347-280-3440
Father-son clothing got a lot of attention with the August launch of the line (and Nolita boutique) Alex Mill. Shortly after, to considerably less fanfare, longtime designer of girls’ frocks Kirsten Mogensen opened a similar concept shop, offering comfy dresses (above-the-knee shifts for Mommy, romp-ready mid-shin dresses for the little ones) that are cut and sewn in the Garment District. For the young’uns, Mogensen starts with vintage-inspired shapes—Victorian-style box pleats, smock dresses worthy of Laura Ingalls Wilder—and chooses playful patterns that mix Liberty of London paisley with stripes and solids (from $79 for ages 18 months to 9 years). Her practical sensibility—the finely woven cottons she favors air-dry wrinkle-free after a wash in cold water—attracts Tribeca moms, patrons of the 4th Street Food Co-op next door, and plenty who fall in between.
Best Mini-Me Dresses
From the 2014 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).