The Faithful Shopper: Back to School for the City Cool

Krazy for Kindergarten

Half Pint (in DUMBO) - 55 Washington St
Eco-friendly, modern and oh so cute! Infant to tween.

Crocs - 270 Columbus Avenue - 143 Spring St - 89 South Street
Tots adore this rainbow, plastic footwear, and the company has expanded the empire with tons of new styles, sneakers, backpacks and "jibbitz" (charms with cartoon characters, shapes, sports, etc. to top the shoes and accessories) galore.

Space Kiddets - 26 E. 22nd St., near Broadway
Celebrities haunt this emporium to find accessories and clothes for their babies to pre-teens

LOL KIDS - Flatiron: 22 West 21st Street
Apparel from the finest European designers

Terrific Tweens

Berkley Girl - Westside: 410 Columbus Ave (between 79th & 80th Streets)
The owner, Jen Bruder, uses a local focus group to gauge the best tween trends.

Crewcuts - Madison: 1190 Madison Avenue - Tribeca: 50 Hudson Street
Find the coolest back-to-school gear around with the fashion sense of JCrew.

Exclusively for kids

Monnalisa - 1088 Madison Ave. (81st-82nd Sts.)
High-fashion Italian children's wear from size newborn through size 18.

Style-licious - 1418 Second Ave at 74th St
An accessory and gift boutique geared toward tweens, teens and moms

For the fashionable freshmen (and others)

Who.A.U - Soho: 575 Broadway - 22 West 34th Street
California-inspired, casual, hip clothing for men and women.

Urban Outfitters - Soho: 628 Broadway - West Village: 374 Ave. of Americas - Midtown East: 999 3rd Avenue - East Village: 162 2nd Avenue - Upper West Side: 2081 Broadway, at 72nd St - Upper East Side: 1511 3rd Ave - Fifth Avenue: 521 Fifth Ave at 43rd St. - Broadway: 2633 Broadway - Union Square: 526 Avenue of the Americas - Brooklyn: 166 Atlantic Avenue
Described as a global retailer with a boutique approach, it's fashion-forward and constantly changing.

For the whole family

Lester's - 1534 Second Ave at 80th St
Always on trend, this is the one-stop shop for clothing, accessories and shoes, from layette to adult.

Tribeca Girls - 171 Duane St.
Trendy, high-end fashions for girls ages 12 months to 14 years

Stockpile Supplies

MoMA Design Store - 81 Spring St., Soho - 11 W 53rd St.
Supplies for sophisticated city tots whose parents adore clever modern design. Lunch boxes, erasers, staplers, notebooks, pens....

Sam Flax - Midtown/Flagship Store: 900 Third Avenue - Chelsea/Flatiron Store: 3 West 20th Street
The best art and design store, hands down, with a vast department of stationary, gadgets and portfolios. Perfect for petite Picassos.

The Container Store - Midtown East: 725 Lexington Avenue - Flatiron: 629 Sixth Avenue
Locker organizers, backpacks, desktop essentials; all in a wide array of modern colors! Currently promoting the "Organized Teacher Discount Program" through which educators get a 15% savings to help organize their classrooms.

2011-08-15-MUJIpanel1.jpgMUJI - Times Square: 620 8th Avenue (40th st.) - Chelsea: 16 W 19th Street (Between 5th and 6th Avenue) - Soho: 455 Broadway (Between Grand and Howard Streets) - MUJI to GO--JFK International Airport
Japanese shop based on simplicity and utility; perfect for students of any age. The stationery department carries the hippest folders, notebooks and pens.

Happy Shopping!