162 W. 84th St.
This quaint boutique is mostly stocked with European imports,
alongside a smattering of duds from Canada and the U.S. Big
names include Berlingot, L’orange, and Halabaloo, and
there’s also cool stuff like party dresses hand-knit
by a local Brooklyn mom ($150). Sizes newborn to 10 for girls
and 8 for boys.
10 E. 14th St., near Fifth Ave.
This shop pours out onto 14th Street with $1.99 socks and
bins full of slippers, but don’t overlook its cheap
basics—jeans, tights, pj’s, Carter’s onesies,
||New Kids’ Clothing
Tocca’s signature girlie style isn’t
for typical playdates. Think beaded cardigans, pistachio
peacoats, and embroidered silk dresses. The highly
anticipated new collection hits Pipsqueak and Yoya
in October ($100–$200).
311 Greenwich St., near Chambers St.
Designer Grace Koh’s selection of offbeat children’s
and infants’ clothing (sizes newborn to 10), accessories,
and shoes is heaven when you’re weary of what you see
everywhere else. Artsy Tribeca parents swear by her hand-knit
Layette et Plus . . .
170 E. 61st St., near Third Ave.
Appointments are recommended at this exclusive boutique specializing
in beautiful layette collections (from $500), which include
buttery-soft cotton receiving blankets, onesies, booties,
gowns, and even baby furniture (from $500).
142 Sullivan St., near Prince St.
The attractive cotton dresses and play clothes here are high-end
but not stuffy. Check out eccentric offerings like a furry
skirt with matching shawl ($74), velvet and corduroy print
pants (starting at $56), and zip-up sweaters ($58–$62).
265 Lafayette St., near Prince St.
240 Lafayette St., near Spring St.
This shop of not-so-little labels (Diesel, Lili Gaufrette)
will furnish your monsters with bright knits, clothes, and
shoes. Cashmere with silk dresses are $99, wool dresses start
at $75, tees are $10 to $40. Sizes newborn to 18.
424 Fifth Ave., at 39th St.
This department store’s private-label clothes are a
terrific value. They’ve also got plenty of brands to
choose from: Kobe Kids ponchos go for $23 and Penelope Mack
jackets for $35 to $50. They’ve also got great snowsuits
and jackets for babies ($30 to $60).
1186 Madison Ave., at 87th St.
Although many people love this shop for its classic, custom-made
party dresses (delivered in six-to-eight weeks, $150–$600),
you’ll also find boys’ and girls’ ready-to-wear
clothing, accessories, and layettes ($16–$100). Sizes
infant to 16.
2322 Broadway, at 84th St.
For more than 55 years, parents have sworn by this Upper West
Side mainstay and camp outfitter for its unbeatable selection
of jeans (from $38), shorts, and sweatshirts for boys and
girls, and for its reasonable prices. Sizes up to junior miss
and young men’s.
Natalie and Friends
205 E. 60th St., near Third Ave.
(due in September) This cute uptown shop, conveniently sandwiched
between Dylan’s Candy Bar and Serendipity 3, offers
stylish clothing for newborns to tweens from brands like Submarine,
plus owner Natalie Mayer’s coveted Lipstik line, which
changes color in the sunlight. Fall favorites include Tina
Neumann leg warmers ($35) with pom-poms, and a conservative-with-a-twist
Italian line for boys called Weipper.