If you want to pay retail
for high-end kidswear, there’s plenty of opportunity
to drop some serious coin around the city. If you’re
looking for designer duds at bargain prices, a good
number of discounters are out there as well. While some
of them may not want to be known as off-price shops,
the fact is, when you can pick up a pair of $50 Tractor
jeans for $12, the term less expensive is an
• Start with the semi-annual sale at Space
Kiddets in the Flatiron district. Every January
and June, it holds a 50-to-70-percent-off sale of both
in-season designer wear and goods from the coveted cottage-industry
houses. If those months don’t fit into your schedule,
Space Kiddets maintains a rack of clothing that is 70
percent off the previous season’s prices throughout
the other ten months of the year.
• A huge selection of discounted kidswear at
Factory includes mostly middle-of-the-road clothing
for those knock-around days.
• At Century
21 (in the financial district and in Brooklyn),
those with a craving for grown-up labels on a miniature
wardrobe will devour the European lines: Dolce & Gabbana
and Versace, to name two, which are at least 40 percent
off Madison Avenue prices.
• If you want to brag that you shop in Chicville,
check out Children’s
Resale, on the Upper East Side. Don’t
worry about the used factor: Owner Myrna Skoller accepts
only the best of the best, i.e., high-end French lines
Jacadi and Bonpoint.
• A couple of blocks away is Good-Byes,
where mothers who lunch drop off designer clothing that
their private-school kids have grown out of. Recent
acquisitions include Ralph Lauren, Petit Bateau, Catimini,
and Lili Gaufrette.
• If you don’t want to spend money on things
no one sees, you’ll find barrels of basics—underwear,
socks, onesies, and pajamas—at Kidstown
on 14th Street for bargain-basement prices.