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The Faithful Shopper: Back to School for the City Cool

08/15/2011 05:03 pm ET | Updated Oct 15, 2011

Krazy for Kindergarten 2011-08-15-HalfPintCitizenspanel1.jpg Half Pint (in DUMBO) - 55 Washington St Eco-friendly, modern and oh so cute! Infant to tween.

2011-08-15-Crocspanel1.jpg 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.

2011-08-15-SpaceKiddetspanel1.jpg Space Kiddets - 26 E. 22nd St., near Broadway Celebrities haunt this emporium to find accessories and clothes for their babies to pre-teens

2011-08-15-LOLkidspanel1.jpg LOL KIDS - Flatiron: 22 West 21st Street Apparel from the finest European designers

Terrific Tweens 2011-08-15-BerkleyGirlspanel1.jpg 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.

2011-08-15-Crewcutspanel1.jpg 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

2011-08-15-Monnalisapanel1.jpg Monnalisa - 1088 Madison Ave. (81st-82nd Sts.) High-fashion Italian children's wear from size newborn through size 18.

2011-08-15-Styleliciouspanel1.jpg 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) 2011-08-15-WHOA.Upanel1.jpg Who.A.U - Soho: 575 Broadway - 22 West 34th Street California-inspired, casual, hip clothing for men and women.

2011-08-15-UrbanOutfitterspanel1.jpg 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 2011-08-15-Lesterspanel1.jpg 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.

2011-08-15-TribecaGirlspanel1.jpg Tribeca Girls - 171 Duane St. Trendy, high-end fashions for girls ages 12 months to 14 years


Stockpile Supplies

2011-08-15-MoMApanel1.jpg 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.... 2011-08-15-SamFlaxpanel1.jpg 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.

2011-08-15-ContainerStorepanel1.jpg 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!