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Faith's Favorites: July Juniors

Posted: 07/19/2010 3:16 pm

Whether it's Christmas in July, a vacation, or even early back-to-school, this month is a great time to shop for the youngsters in your life. New York's boutiques offer a combination of choices beyond the obvious department stores and mall specialty shops.



MonnaLisa - 1080 Madison Avenue & 1050 Third Avenue

Italian designer of girl's clothing and accessories, bringing a couture flair to your fashionista-in-training.


L.O.L. Kids - 22 West 21st Street

Virtually a department store of the finest European designer brands all under one elegant roof.


Catamini - 1125 Madison Avenue between 84th & 85th street

Children's specialists with clothing and beyond; accessories, wallpaper, bed linens, and toys.


Rachel Riley - 1286 Madison Avenue

English chic.


Bonpoint - 1269 Madison Ave, 810 Madison Avenue & 392 Bleecker Street

French childrenswear.


GC William - 1137 Madison Ave (Between 84th and 85th Sts) & 111 West 72 Street between Columbus and Amsterdam

Belgium-born siblings have mastered the art of dressing Manhattan's it-girls with a focus on tweens.



Petit Bateau - 1094 Madison Avenue

Divine enfant-wear.The softest cotton in the universe for your newborn, children and even teens. Also get your layettes here.


Baby Cottons - 1236 Madison Avenue

Ensconce your little one in pima cotton.



BABESTA - THREADS & BABESTA - CRIBZ - 66 West Broadway & 56 Warren Street

For the rock star-to-be baby. Or the urban baby. Or the little yogini in training.


Yoyamart - 15 Gansevoort Street

Outstanding baby furniture, intriguing toys and artwork.



Bu and the Duck - 106 Franklin Street - 316 East 84th Street

Just a little bit funky and more reminiscent of the early 20th Century, these clothes and accessories are made for layering.


Space Kiddets - 26 East 22nd Street

Fun clothing and accessories for boys and girls from infancy through preteens.


Obaibi - 1296 Madison Avenue

A division of Jacadi, this store provides clothes and accessories for babies through five-year-olds, with a practical, French point of view.


Z'Baby Company - 996 Lexington Avenue & 100 West 72nd Street,

Clothing, shoes and accessories for boys and girls up to age 16.


Spring Flowers - 538 Madison Avenue (55th Street), 907 Madison Avenue
(72nd Street) & 1050 Third Avenue (62nd Street)

From the tip of your nose to the tip of your toes, only the finest.



Dinosaur Hill - 306 East 9th Street

Recently relocated, Dinosaur Hill offers handmade toys, clothes and artwork that will stimulate as well as entertain.


Kidding Around - 60 West 15th Street

One of the best toy stores in the city, with everything from mobiles to microscopes.


LEGO Store Rockefeller Center - 620 Fifth Avenue

Innovative displays, in-store family events and consumer-friendly play areas.



Calypso St. Barth - 407 Broome Street

I've never been a fan of matching mother/daughter sets, but if you are, Calypso's Enfant and Bebe lines match a number of offerings from its grownup clothes.


Giggle - 120 Wooster Street, 1033 Lexington Avenue & 352 Amsterdam Avenue

Giggle isn't just a baby store: it's a new parent store. Luxury diaper pails, great furniture, bedding, clothing and toys for your favorite baby.


Little Folks - 123 East 23rd Street

Need advice picking a stroller? The 50-year-old Little Folks knows what you'll need, and service it after you buy.


Planet Kids - 2688 Broadway - 247 East 86th Street

Offers baby carriers, toys, bags from major names.



FAO Schwarz - 767 Fifth Avenue

Whether you're 4 or 40, no one can walk away from the ne plus ultra of toyshops without a grin - or perhaps playing Heart & Soul on the oversized rollout keyboard.

Now is the no-pressure time to give a little treat to the youngest generation - whether it's a toy to stimulate their imagination, or apparel to stimulate their fashion sense.
Happy Summer & Happy Shopping!


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