274 Smith St., near Sackett St., Cobble Hill, Brooklyn
This cheery children’s shop has a wide selection of
clothing, including Tiki velvet dresses ($48–$62) and
Tea Sweaters ($40–$58), as well as toys and books for
the infant or child you love to spoil. Hip BKLYN tees are
$18. Sizes range from 0 to 10.
442 Columbus Ave., near 81st St.
1184 Madison Ave., near 86th St.
A good source for the basics—there’s an excellent
selection of outerwear and play clothes—these uptown
shops are favorites for high-style kindergartenwear. T-shirts
are $30 to $45; overalls, $40 to $80. Sizes newborn to 12.
119 W. 57th St., near Sixth Ave.
fa Is that favorite sweater riddled with holes?
These expert reweavers are renowned for their expertise
with damaged fabrics (Chanel and Hermès staffers
swear by them). Work starts at $45.
493 Atlantic Ave., near Third Ave., Boerum Hill, Brooklyn
This kid-friendly Boerum Hill space has a very “One
World, One Love” vibe, from its organic silkscreen onesies
($21–$25) to its hand-woven bags from South Africa ($20–$90),
unisex batik shirt-and-shorts sets from Bali ($18), and comfy
cotton separates for newborns by Vermont’s Zutano (from
$11). Sizes newborn to 12.
Call 877-449-6932 for store locations
Colorful, trendy clothes abound at these upbeat chain shops,
and they’ve looked to nature as a source for inspiration
for this year’s back-to-school line. For boys, suede
western jackets ($94) and camper hats with chin straps ($18).
For girls, floral print dresses ($48) and cotton cardigans
with floral embroidery ($44).
85 Pineapple Walk, Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn
This 3,000-square-foot kiddie emporium has everything a parent
needs for the first eight years. The stock isn’t particularly
trendy, but Manhattanites still make the trek for cute basics
from Catamini, Zutano, and Kusches (layettes are $7.95 to
$19.95, onesies from $6.95 to $19.95) thanks to the full-service
policy (play area, gift wrap, and shipping all over New York
741 Fulton St., near S. Portland Ave., Fort Greene, Brooklyn
A Fort Greene outpost catering to the more discerning kindergartner
(or her stylish mom), Hot Toddie serves up trendy labels like
Diesel and Armani Junior. Take a look at their stylish cotton-woven
Liberty of London dress shirts for boys ($98). Sizes newborn
42 University Pl., near 9th St.
Uma Thurman, Meryl Streep, and Susan Sarandon shop here for
hip European imports—Zutano’s sporty leggings
($13–$15) are favorites, and don’t miss Pamela
& Co. tutus ($32–$42) and wands ($20). Sizes newborn
Call 914-697-7684 for store locations
Since 1988, moms have been upgrading their toddler’s
wardrobes at the New York locations of this tiny French boutique.
Fashionable hand-embroidered dresses ($66–$92) and trendy
flared pants with matching sweaters ($48–$92) look straight
off the Paris runway.
103 Mercer St., near Spring St.
This shop is packed with stylish, lovable clothes. Bienvenue
outfits for boys ($142) can be paired with a Julsar sweater
($160), and girls can snatch up a Monnalisa skirt-and-cardigan
combo ($298). Sizes newborn to 14.
490 Amsterdam Ave., near 83rd St.
After searching in vain for cool clothes for her son, designer
Karin Alexis opened this store packed with festive, retro-chic
looks. Kids can pretend to cook in the play kitchen while
parents shop for reversible cowboy flannel pants ($48), pom-pom
pants ($26), and print dresses ($40-$50). There’s footwear
from Naturino, Robeez, and Oilily.