1284 Madison Ave., near 92nd St.
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
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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
68 Second Ave., at 4th St.
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.
1409 Ave. M, Midwood, Brooklyn
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
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
204 Elizabeth St., near Prince St.
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
169 Seventh Ave., near 1st St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
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.
Off-Price Children’s Boutique
240 Seventh Ave., near 5th St., Park Slope, Brooklyn
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
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.
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).
1137 Madison Ave., near 85th St.
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