Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 10am-6pm; Sun, closed
6 at 96th St.
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Rachel Riley wanted to outfit her three children in stylish clothes that were comfortable and easy to launder, but when the Londoner moved to the French countryside, those designs were nowhere to be found among formal European silk and poorly made sportswear. So she set up shop in her home and made the clothes herself. What she came up with were classic British designs for infants, kids, and womenóbonnets, plaid knickerbockers, velvet jumpers, and Fair Isle sweatersóthat look like they wandered off the pages of Dickens. Opened in 2005, Riley’s first U.S. boutique found a fitting home on Madison Avenue with its prep school-inspired, toggle-front pea coats, flannel pajamas, and robes and slippers. Some pieces are friskier than others, like a red fur-trimmed ladies’ tweed coat, a teen-sized tartan-style skirt in leopard print, and purple corduroy cargo pants for boys. The women’s collection is also stocked with body-skimming cocktail dresses, floral-print silk blouses, and pencil skirts, and the designer will custom-make wedding attire and christening gowns, and alter any of her designs to fit perfectly (for a price). Tea rose wallpaper and crystal chandeliers give the shop an upscale but unpretentious, Anthropologie-like vibe.