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Catimini
1284 Madison Ave., near 92nd St.
212-987-0688
catimini.com
If the idea of your child in a Pokémon T-shirt makes you cringe, this is your place. Flowers and characters from French storybooks are the preferred motifs on well-made tops (from $32), bottoms (from $42), and coats (from $99), in sizes 6 months to 10.

Catamani on the Upper East Side is packed with colorful, cheery clothes. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)

The Children’s Place
Call 877-PLACE-USA for store locations childrensplace.com
This nationwide chain has high-quality basics (T-neck sweaters, $12.50–$25) alongside trendier things (cargo pants for $14.50) to satisfy your jaded preteen. They also carry much-loved graphic tees ($6.50–$12) and plaid skirts ($14.50), as well as preppy rugby-striped T-neck sweaters ($16.50) and well-priced jeans ($14.50, two for $28). Sizes newborn to 14.

Crembebé
68 Second Ave., at 4th St.
212-979-6848
crembebe.com
Upper East Side moms take Town Cars downtown to pick up extravagant domestic clothes for infant to 6 years, and European imports. Prices are pretty steep for bold clothes from Judith Lacroix and Jean Bourget: Tees are $16 to $40, dresses are $30 to $90, and sweaters are $35 to $100.

Diva
1409 Ave. M, Midwood, Brooklyn
718-645-9797
divagirlfashion.com
If your little one is fashion-forward, the trip to Midwood is worthwhile. This boutique caters exclusively to girls sizes 2 to 16 with stylish imports like Miss Blumarine, Pampolina, and Monnalisa. Skirts start at around $100, with nothing over $500.

Stain Remover
 
Meurice Garment Care
meuricegarmentcare.com
Stars trust their red-carpet-wear to this 57-year-old family-run cleaner, which wet-cleans whenever possible to avoid sensitivity to chemicals. They can remove grass stains from a baby’s cashmere sweater for $13.90, or clean a boy’s ring-bearer suit for $21.63.

Erica Tanov
204 Elizabeth St., near Prince St.
212-334-8020
ericatanov.com
Designer Erica Tanov uses luxurious fabrics like silk charmeuse in her children’s line, suitable for infants to age 6, but she’s also got more traditional items like long-sleeve cotton-knit polos for $54, and fuchsia corduroy pocket skirts for $50.

Fidgets
169 Seventh Ave., near 1st St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-788-2002
Neighborhood parents swear by this well-stocked shop for its comprehensive selection of kids’ clothing (for sizes newborn to 14): coveralls ($23), Mulberribush dresses ($35), and handmade tutus ($30), as well as Baby Björn infant carriers (about $80) and strollers.

Firefly Off-Price Children’s Boutique
240 Seventh Ave., near 5th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-965-3535
This lively store is a veritable showcase of high-end designer labels from around the world. Brands like Alphabet from France and Cakewalk from Holland swaddle kids in soft, fluffy pima cotton. Pants and jackets start at around $20 to $30. Sizes newborn to 12.

4 Play BK
360 Seventh Ave., Park Slope, Brooklyn
718-369-4086
Brooklyn teeny boppers put suburban mall rats to shame when they pick up hip duds here. This season, find flared leg jeans from Big Star and Adriano Goldschmied ($89), Paul Frank accessories like slippers, wallets, and belts ($12–$29), and the store’s own Brooklyn-centric logo tees (from $20).

Funky Fresh Children’s Boutique
9 Clinton St., near Stanton St.
212-254-5584
This cheery, miniscule store is designed to look like a child’s bedroom, with orange and green walls and floors and a fish tank built into the counter. For newborns to 8 year olds, you’ll find cool import brands like Interracial Tees ($25) and Funky Baby (retro-chic bibs with sushi on them are $18). This is also the only boutique in the city to carry hip backpacks from the Berkeley artist Noni Noni ($175).

G.C. William
1137 Madison Ave., near 85th St.
212-396-3400
This Upper East Side “official camp outfitter” for girls ages 6 to preteen may well become your family’s official school, weekend, and party outfitter, too. The selection of velour jumpsuits (from $172) and Lacoste long-sleeve cotton shirts ($50) is terrific. Preteens will love the miniskirts (from $40).

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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