Barneys, Saks and Neiman Marcus all have great back-to-school collections for kids this year, and they make it convenient for mommy to snatch up a few designer items in between shopping for the little ones. But if you’re looking to get off the beaten path when it comes to scoring some chic duds for your little mini-me, start with these Haute 5 children’s clothing boutiques in the Valley.
The French brand Jacadi Paris is the haute choice of celebrity, socialite and elite moms the world over. Katie Holmes’ best girlfriend, her daughter Suri, as well as Jennifer Garner’s two girls, Violet and Seraphina Rose, are frequently photographed wearing clothes and shoes by Jacadi. The stylish wares are classic, European, well tailored and timeless, made of high-quality fabrics using superior craftsmanship. Apparel for newborns to children 12 years of age is available, as well as shoes and nursery decor and fine essentials.
Jacadi Paris is located in Kierland Commons at 15024 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale 480.443.3921
Located in a historic post building in Arcadia, Petite Chateau carries trendy clothing and accessories for boys, girls and babies, in addition to home decor items, furniture, apparel and baubles for mom, artwork and bedding. Boasting such designer brands as Juicy Couture, Petite Chateau aims to make little girls feel like princesses, particularly with the shop’s very popular and elegant pettiskirts, such as the one pictured above. The store also specializes in creating custom clothing for moms and daughters who want to match. Contact the store for more details.
Petite Chateau is located at 3939 E. Campbell Ave. in Phoenix 602.667.3551
Little Artika fills its spaces with modern apparel and gear for babies and kids by some of the most sought-after designers of today, such as Lucky Wang (pictured above), egg by Susan Lazar, blabla, Luna Luna, Splendid Littles and others. Everything about the store’s location in CityNorth is bright and cheerful, from the floor-to-ceiling front windows and modern lighting to the style of decor and products – which, by the way, are said to range from $5 to $5,000. So it all comes down to just how extravagant your and your little one’s tastes are. We would say the emphasis here is on items for infants, toddlers and those just starting school, but there are some things appropriate for older children, too.
Little Artika is located in CityNorth at 5355 E. High Street, Suite A11-125, in Phoenix 480.563.9333
The Loveland boutique is for hip and edgy moms, dads and youngsters. Got a little rockstar or fashionista at home? Here you’ll find custom jewelry, tees with tongue-in-cheek images and slogans, caps, accessories and other fun “alternative” apparel that mostly fits within the “urban” look and vibe. Children’s clothing brands include Trumpette, Foxpaws Shoes (pictured above), Oopsy Daisy Baby, Scout Organics and more. Also, the boutique carries a large quantity of items by local artists and designers, meaning you’re sure to get one-of-a-kind originals.
Loveland is located at 107 E. Baseline Road in Tempe 480.456.8610
Specialty shop Urban Kidz focuses mainly on clothing for children ages 7 to 14. Owner Lila Metcalf says, “It’s easy to find newborn and baby items in a specialty boutique; as the children get to be school age, it’s more of a challenge to find something unique but still wearable.” With this idea in mind, she stocks her store with fun and fetching pieces that children can easily mix and match to show their creativity and personalities. Metcalf or Urban Kidz or both have appeared in a number of regional and national magazines praising their contribution to kids’ wear, such as AZ Society, People, So Scottsdale and Child Style. (Pictured above: Lunchbox children’s clothing.)
Urban Kidz is located in The Shops at Gainey Village at 8787 N. Scottsdale Road, Suite 220, in Scottsdale 480.483.6800