First impressions are one of the most important parts of moving up in the modeling world (this is true for any age) and nothing makes a better first impression than a well put together, fashion-forward outfit. If you’re looking for the right places to find clothes for your young aspiring model, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve compiled a list of the top 20 best shops to visit when trying to dress your child cleanly and professionally.


1. Kisan

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“Thorunn Anspach and Olivier Bremond have come by this retail approach naturally and almost organically. As owners of Kisan Concept Store their love of shopping and worldly taste is expressed through the merchandise of the stores. In building their business they shopped the world and incorporated brands they admired and merchandise they personally loved. Anspach and Bremond pride themselves on maintaining a level of craftsmanship and integrity in the product they retail. When customers enter their Soho space in New York, they are met with approachability and a sense of discovery. Rather than merchandised the store feels curated. Labels from around the world are showcased, mixing unknown brands with established brands, which offers a reference point for customers.”


2. Jacadi

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An authentic and timeless children’s fashion brand, Jacadi looks to history to reinvent the present and re-enchant the best of our childhood. Jacadi is the ambassador brand for high-end children’s fashion. With over 270 stores and three online shops, our expertise in the French tradition reaches more than 35 countries. Jacadi is an IDGroup brand. The Group, founded in 2005, is now comprised of six brands: Okaïdi, Obaïbi, Véronique Delachaux, Oxybul Eveil et Jeux, Idkids and Jacadi. Each IDGroup brand stems from a common mission, working to make a better world for growing children.


3. Babesta

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For your cool babies, toddlers and kids, Babesta offers everything from Che tanks, Ramones concert tees, record player retro raglans and Trumpette sneaker–socks to the tunes that they really tune into–like Music for Aardvarks, Putumayo Kids’ Reggae Playground and Dan Zanes’ cult favorites. You decide if his genetic marker for cool came from the X or the Y (probably both!), but he’s a Babesta for sure if he snuggles up with Ugly Dolls and Pooki pets, and insists on mischievously modern furniture from standouts like Oeuf and Duc Duc New York.


4. Pink Olive

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“At Pink Olive, we believe in finding the best of the best. Our team of buyers constantly seeks out unique objects that are beautiful, innovative, inspiring and thoughtful. Discover the playful mix of adorable baby gifts for your nieces and nephews, distinctive letterpress cards, handmade jewelry, original artwork, books and fabulous vintage finds. Our stores are filled with an eclectic mix of local and national artists for a truly “unique” experience.

As a stylish auntie and gift-giver, we share your enthusiasm in finding the perfect gift for little ones to loved ones. From baby showers, birthdays, pregnancy, love, marriage, holidays, and ‘just because’ moments, we want to make gift-giving fun, easy and attainable for little ones to loved ones.”


5. Boutique for Children

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“With over ten years of specialized experience in high-end children’s fashion, we offer special and unique apparel from babies to teens.”


6. Makie

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On a more upscale level, this store is where you should go when you want to invest in reliable basics for your child. Their range of clothing, from fashionable jackets to pants, is sure to make the right impression. The quality of the garments is extremely high, and with such a navigable and chic website it’s hard not to want to buy.


7. Bit’z Kids

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“The parent company, F.O. International CO., LTD. was founded in Kobe, Japan in 1998. Within just 14 years, we have become the largest baby and children’s clothing company in Japan with 187 retail stores nationwide and maintaining robust wholesale business with over 1200 distributions. In addition to Japanese market, we operate 40 stores in China and expanding. Our clothes are based on our core values; providing the highest quality products & services, at reasonable price. We aim to provide our customers with what we call ‘The Total Fashion’ – safe, comfortable, and reliable clothing with high functionality that can keep up with ever-growing kids.”


8. Caribou Baby

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Caribou Baby is an eco-friendly maternity, baby and lifestyle store in Greenpoint – Williamsburg, Brooklyn offering products and classes for pregnancy, birth preparation and parenting. Our baby supplies and toys are carefully selected to encourage simple and healthy living. With urban families and small apartments in mind, our goal is to provide high-quality, safe, and necessary basics that support intuitive parenting and inspire you to engage with your children. Caribou Baby opened in March of 2011 and has quickly developed a reputation for being one of the friendliest, chillest and most helpful spots in North Brooklyn to shop for all things eco for your family. You can try on any baby carrier on in our store, with help from our weighted baby dolls to simulate real-life baby wearing. Our staff are compassionate and trained to help you find useful products and information that makes your life with your baby and kids a little bit easier.


9. Uniqlo

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“It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, UNIQLO makes clothes that transcend all categories and social groups. Our clothes are made for all, going beyond age, gender, occupation, ethnicity, and all other ways that define people. Our clothes are simple and essential yet universal, so people can freely combine them in their own unique style.”


10. Ibiza Kids

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Ibiza Kidz has been NYC’s premier shoe, clothing and toy store for decades. We are located just one block south of Union Square.”

“Featuring a huge collection of quality footwear for infants, kids and teens. Unique infant gifts, layettes, clothing and accessories for all ages, even tweens. Creative toys and art projects for babies to big kids and, of course, we gladly gift wrap free of charge.”


11. Lockwood

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Lockwood is Astoria’s premiere lifestyle store, serving Western Queens and beyond. Here, in this colorful 1,300 square-foot shop just off of bustling Broadway, you’ll find chic housewares, stylish handbags and clothing, beautiful modern furniture, greeting cards, art, books, and gifts for all tastes. Lockwood also sports a huge kids section, offering children’s books, clothing, and more for the little ones in your life.”


12. babyNOIR

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A new mother, Kazuki was having a hard time finding outfits for her baby girl Kharin that suited her taste. She had to navigate the world full of pink to find the cutest little orange things and mint green items.

Then it came to finding black outfits for the baby. Kazuki is a New Yorker, and a designer. She wears black. A lot. Her baby needed at least one or two black outfits! She had a really, really hard time finding good black outfits for Kharin.

Then she thought, there must be other parents who were looking for the good black outfits for their babies, too. She could help them.

So, here it is. baby NOIR by Kazukistan.


13. Gumbo

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Located in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, Gumbo features and supports the work of artisans from around the world. Featuring clothing, accessories, toys, art, music, crafts, for all ages, Gumbo prides itself on the uniqueness and high quality of it’s products. When in Brooklyn, be sure to check out the many classes and events Gumbo offers.


14. Stoopher & Boots

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Since its opening in 2010, Stoopher & Boots has earned a cult-like following on NYC’s Upper West Side for its shelves of unique apparel including its own highly popular Sparkle brand, accessories, décor and gifts. Owner Stephanie Goldstein has cultivated a warm and inviting atmosphere making the shop a retail experience as well as a community hub. Customers have come to expect top service as well as an array of trendy, whimsical products.


15. The Pumpkin Patch

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The Pumpkin Patch collections are created by our dedicated in-house design team, who draw on inspiration from the kids in their lives to ensure each garment is fresh and fun with a distinctive Patch signature. Our comprehensive range covers all stages of a child’s growth, from baby through to pre-teen.”


16. Bonpoint

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Bonpoint’s in-house design and couture studios are the essence of the label’s unique style. Christina Innamorato heads up a dedicated team of talented ladies: expert stylists and pattern designers, pattern-makers and pattern-cutters who share twin passions for children and fashion.”

“The Bonpoint creative process relies on rigorous standards and unrivaled expertise. Christine Innamorato’s designs are brought to life at the label’s couture studio in Paris. Every design is meticulously executed in pattern, and fittings on babies and children are used to fine-tune a perfect Bonpoint garment. A Bonpoint garment is an authentic one-of-a-kind piece. ”

17. JCrew

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“J.Crew Factory, which launched in 1988, offers the J.Crew style our customers love in stores across the country and on All of our J.Crew Factory items are exclusive designs—featuring casual classics, cool colors and bold prints (never last season’s leftovers). Our Factory clothing is based on great styles and favorites from past J.Crew collections, though in order to keep our prices competitive, we sometimes slightly change the designs, fabrics and washes (but we always make sure to maintain the quality and integrity that our customers expect from J.Crew). We also design crewcuts Factory, our collection for kids—it’s the same style you love for yourself, only slightly smaller.”

18. Estella

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“In 2007, I noticed that my customers did not have enough basic options to mix in with the beautiful collections we carried. “What do I put with this?”, they’d ofen asked after picking up a beautiful Belgian skirt or Italian pair of trousers. They wanted something with the same sophisticated aesthetic and quality of fabric that could be machine-washed and mixed and matched with everything else already in their child’s closet. They didn’t want loud patterns or generic colors – they showed interest in things that felt great to the touch, so I knew that fit, quality, practicality, and elegance had to be the hallmarks of our lines. The results were the Estella Organic Cotton Collection and Organic Bamboo Baby Collection.” – Designer Isaac Mizrahi


19. Ralph Lauren

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“What began 40 years ago with a collection of ties has grown into an entire world, redefining American style. Ralph Lauren has always stood for providing quality products, creating worlds and inviting people to take part in our dream. We were the innovators of lifestyle advertisements that tell a story and the first to create stores that encourage customers to participate in that lifestyle. takes this participation to a new level as a rich and exciting interactive destination. When you’re transported into the world of Ralph Lauren online, you can shop for great products for yourself and your home, learn about adventure, style and culture in RL Magazine and on RL TV, find one-of-a-kind vintage pieces and exquisite gifts and much, much more. Back when all this started, I felt sure that there were no boundaries. I’m even more sure of that today.” – Ralph Lauren

20. Polarn O. Pyret

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“We make the best children’s clothes in the world. Our philosophy has not changed since our first striped T-shirt. We believe in good looking clothes that let children be children. Clothes should withstand wear-and-tear and become part of your family; from brother to sister, cousin to cousin.”

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