Back to School season seems to sneak up out of nowhere. Mere moments after Labor Day, parents are suddenly thrust into the world of books, binders and new clothes. This fall, be prepared. Shop for cool new basics and kids gear, all just blocks from Wagner Battery Park. Your child will be the star of the classroom fashion circuit thanks to these “Back to School” boutiques:
Torly Kid: Carol Faber Adams named her children’s store for daughters, Tori and Carly. Designed for infants up to ‘tweens, this cool shop prides itself on maintaining an aura of practicality. It’s also bright and fun and features items you won’t find elsewhere, like a 13-foot tall giraffe play tent or the latest hipster threads. Adams also offers a family travel service, where her team researches and plans family travel, including everything from the big picture to the challenging minutiae of getting from point A to point B.
Babesta – Locals and tourists alike shop this Battery Park store for everything kids need to head back to school in style. It features inventive learning games, stylish school supplies and indie clothing by a roster of global designers. Babesta is a wonderland for both kids and parents, with items by brands like Munster Kids, Noe and Zoe and Mini Rodini.
LOL Kids: This children’s shop near South Street Seaport is on every style savvy parent’s shopping list. It’s also a haven for uptown parents craving a little something special beyond traditional Madison Avenue stores. LOL Kids carries brands like Little Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, Sonia Rykiel and Paul Smith Junior. Think adult clothing by adult designers but scaled down for the mini-set.
Aminah Et Les Amis – Named for owner Haddy Faal’s daughter, Aminah, this high-end children’s store is for the wannabe Parisian in all of us. Faal, who grew up in Zambia and speaks French, opened her shop in November, 2006 and offers a selection of girls’ and boys’ clothes for newborns through age 12. There are American brands like Tea Collection, as well as French lines like Lola et Moi and Petit Bateau, and Imps and Elfs from the Netherlands. Styles range from casual to fancy, but expect to find wrap shirts, tunics, jacquard sweaters and puffy-sleeved dresses.