41 E. 78th St., near Madison Ave.
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.
872 Madison Ave., at 71st St.
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).
611 Fifth Ave., at 49th St.
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.
661 Fifth Ave., at 52nd St.
124 Spring St., at Greene St.
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
208 Bedford Ave., near N. 6th St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn
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).
964 Lexington Ave., near 70th St.
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).
251 Elizabeth St., near Prince St.
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.
46 E. 21st St., near Broadway
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
1050 Third Ave., at 62nd St.
905 Madison Ave., near 72nd St.
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.
171 Sullivan St., near Houston St.
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.