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Prince & Princess
41 E. 78th St., near Madison Ave.
212-879-8989
princeandprincess.com
This children’s boutique outfits kids from newborn to size 16 in sweet, Italian-made dresses and suits, as well as fashionable, high-end sportswear. Prices are from $275 for a young girl’s silk-and-taffeta dress to about $675 for a young man’s first wool suit.

Ralph Lauren
872 Madison Ave., at 71st St.
212-434-8099
polo.com
This emporium for newborns to 4-year-olds tops the list for moms with Connecticut fantasies. With customized layettes, cashmere sweaters (around $150), Italian-made diaper bags ($895), and bedding, babies and their parents never looked so chic. Don’t miss the one-of-a-kind christening gowns, vintage denim, and mid-twentieth-century jewelry for the little ones. And for an over-the-top gift your child will never forget, a five-foot cashmere bunny or teddy bear ($1,295).

Saks Fifth Avenue
611 Fifth Ave., at 49th St.
212-753-4000
saks.com
The sales people are surprisingly patient at this classic department store, where kids’ clothes come from major designers like Ralph Lauren and Royal Baby. There are layettes for around $25 and onesies for $24, both in adorable prints.

Salvatore Ferragamo
661 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.
212-759-3822
124 Spring St., at Greene St.
212-226-4330
ferragamo.com
Salvatore’s brand-new children’s line, designed for the 2 to 8 crowd, arrives in stores this fall. The legendary Italian shoemaker has turned Mom’s bow-tied pumps into petite party shoes for girls, and downsized Dad’s Freedom shoes into upscale sneaks for boys. Ultraluxe apparel includes quilted vests, ties, huskies, and cotton shirts with whimsical appliqués. And don’t miss signature Audrey and Vara shoes for girls, and sneakers and classic loafers for boys ($160 to $175). 

The sun shines on fashionable kids at Williamsburg botique Sam & Seb. (Photo Credit: Kristine Larsen)

Sam & Seb
208 Bedford Ave., near N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
718-486-8300
samandseb.com
Owned by a pair of moms who found that it was difficult to find cool boys’ and girls’ clothes in New York City, this little store furnishes hipster parents with tiny Bob Marley and Che emblazoned tees ($18) and baby clothes pieced together from adult vintage fashions ($45–$65).

Small Change
964 Lexington Ave., near 70th St.
212-772-6455
Small and well put-together, this boutique sells beautiful European clothing for uptown tastes, newborn to size 14. The outerwear selection is terrific. Besides Lacoste long-sleeve polo shirts ($60), they’ve got quilted jackets from E Land ($80) and Arc-enciel ($140), as well as corduroy pants from Petit Boy ($58 to $64).

Soho Baby
251 Elizabeth St., near Prince St.
212-625-8538
Whimsical artwork by MacKenzie Thorpe graces the walls of this charming boutique. Classic and colorful global styles include Alphabet, Petit Boy, and a new line called Le Top, which debuts pink fur-trimmed quilted top and pant sets ($86), pink faux-fur coats ($78), and cowboy knit shirt and suede pant sets ($86). There’s also a wide selection of nursery bedding and toys. Sizes from newborn to 8.

Space Kiddets
46 E. 21st St., near Broadway
212-420-9878
Glancing at the trendy selection, you’d never guess how affordable this store can be. Their exclusives are from hipster heaven: vintage rock T-shirts for newborns through teens ($49–$60) and Bruce Lee– and CBGB-themed onesies ($26).

Spring Flowers
1050 Third Ave., at 62nd St.
212-758-2669
905 Madison Ave., near 72nd St.
212-717-8182
If your 4-year-old needs formalwear, check out these uptown, very European boutiques, which stock christening outfits and gowns ($125–$400), as well as French and Italian imports from high-end labels like Lili Gaufrette and Simonetta. Sizes newborn to 10.

Stinky Minky
171 Sullivan St., near Houston St.
212-253-2530
stinkyminkyny.com
Maruska Saunders has developed a fun, eclectic line that updates the fifties and sixties fashions of your youth for your children. Fashionable yet practical twill and corduroy play pants ($52), cowboy print shirts ($48), plaid below-hip-length jackets with quilted lining ($125), and classic two-button corduroy jumpers ($64) time-warp kids into retro-chic style.

 
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From the Fall 2004 edition of the New York Family Guide
   
   
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