1 at Franklin St.
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When French-American shoe designer Capucine Vacaher had her second child and couldn’t spend so much time traveling, she partnered with her friend Myriam Laouichi, an interior designer and artist, to open a store with maternity clothes for young, fashionable women, as well as quirky kids’ outfits and children’s furniture. Opened in 2005, the Capucine store has a tiny front window, but inside are two surprisingly large levels with whitewashed brick and bold pink walls. Upstairs, women’s wear includes Blancs Manteaux’s classic Parisian designs, Ticci Cabana’s bohemian styles, and Bread and Butter’s soft cotton tops and shifts. Also on the upper level is clothing for kids up to size 6: funky patterned boys’ duds from Black Rabbit, fun feminine styles by Little Marc Jacob, and shoes from quintessential French brand Pom d’Api. Toys and pillows scattered beneath a big table occupy kids while moms shop. The lower level is devoted to children’s furniture and accessories such as whimsical bedding with hand-appliquéd animals, lambskin rugs, Little Merry Fellows’ organic Moses baskets, and Oeuf’s cribs that convert to toddler and twin beds.