We’re all for stocking up on kids clothes at retail chains and big box stores. But when it comes to certain back-to-school essentials (think a backpack that’s both durable and adorable) or special occasion looks (like, say, the first day of kindergarten), you might want to splurge a little. Fortunately, this being LA, there’s no shortage of fashion-forward kiddie stores offering the latest must-have pieces. Help little ones make the grade with our guide to LA’s best children’s boutiques, plus our favorite finds from each spot.
Aldea Home & Baby: The Details
In addition to premium baby gear and decor (from brands like Oeuf, Bugaboo and Clek), along with the latest children's books and learning toys, the recently opened Aldea Home & Baby has an entire section devoted to back to school, where you can find cute and functional Kane backpacks, bento-style lunch boxes and more.
3825 Main St.
Aldea Home & Baby: Fave Find
The "it" back-to-school accessory of fall 2019? A Rodgers Lunch Box by State Bags, $42. The fully insulated pack includes a special see-through pocket where you can tuck a sweet message for your little one. What's more, sales from State Bags Fall 2019 Collection will help support Save the Children's emergency efforts at the U.S. - Mexico border, so you can feel good about your purchase.
Lil Bit: The Details
Opened in 2017, this adorable boutique offers stylish clothes, accessories, books and toys for kids 0-6. As co-owner Sarah Waldman explains, "The shop is a highly curated space where you can get a lot for a little." (It's true: They offer a "petite" new baby gift set that includes five onesies, two pairs of socks and two bibs for $50.)
8302 W. 3rd St.
Lil Bit: Fave Find
Hello, first day of school look: Kids can hit the playground in comfort and style in this Rowdy Sprouts LA raglan, $48, Picnik drop shorts, $44, and total must-have Native shoes, $42, all available at Lil Bit.
Sap & Honey: The Details
This San Fernando Valley boutique may be gaining a reputation as the go-to spot for new baby and kiddo birthday gifts (think cuddly blankets and whimsical, display-worthy toys), but it also offers a carefully curated selection of unique and stylish backpacks and clothing for tots headed off to pre-school or kindergarten. Insider tip: If you stop by in the next week or so, be sure to check out the back room, where prices are marked down up to 90 percent!
4317 Woodman Ave.
Sap & Honey: Fave Find
No need to worry about spills and messes with this easy-to-clean, waterproof backpack by Dutch label Miss Rilla. Added bonus: The cute and quirky backpack (which retails for $46) comes with its own heart keychain. Find it along with more adorable styles by another Dutch brand, Sticky Lemon, at Sap & Honey.
Eggy: The Details
8365 W. 3rd St.
Eggy: Fave Find
Back-to-school kicks on your shopping list? We're obsessed with these V-12 sneakers in rose, from $85, by Brazilian brand Veja. They're made with vegan suede and leather and feature tot-friendly velcro closures.
La La Ling: The Details
Since 2004, La La Ling has been a one-stop shop for cool tot clothes, shoes, books, decor and toys. More recently, the store owners have expanded their fashion offerings, which means you can score clothes for kids up to age 10.
1810 N. Vermont Ave.
La La Ling: Fave Find
During the dog days of summer it's easy to forget that it rains in LA. Plan ahead for the wet season (even if it's only a few days!) with this Holly and Beau Color Changing Raincoat, $53. La La Ling also stocks the color-changing coat in a pirate and unicorn print.
The Reckless Unicorn: The Details
Stop by this cheerful mom-and-pop shop (literally, it's owned by parents Annie Segal and Derek Reckley) for a combo of sparkly girly goods and hipster, vintage-inspired finds.
2124 Hillhurst Ave.
The Reckless Unicorn: Fave Find
Not only is this Fluf Whatever Zip Lunch Bag, $33, super cute; it's also machine washable, so you don't have to worry about icky germs hiding out in the cracks and crevices. It's also got an interior pocket for drinks and a super-sturdy, oversized zipper that's perfect for little fingers.
Yolk: The Details
This go-to Silver Lake gift store Yolk has plenty of quirky gifts (Purple Rain mug, anyone?) and artisan goods, but we're partial to the playful, statement-making kids clothes from oh-so-cool labels including Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini.
3910 W. Sunset Blvd.
Yolk: Fave Find
We love the message emblazoned on this Mini Rodini sweatshirt, $58. The ultra-soft top is made of 100 percent organic cotton and comes in three sizes, from 9-18 months to 3-5 years. Our only complaint: They don't make one in our size.
Poppy Store: The Details
Located at the Brentwood Country Mart, Poppy offers classic kids clothes from French and Belgian brands like Bonton, Bonpoint and Petit Bateau. (Oui, oui!) If you're looking for a deal, check out the 50 percent off summer sale for adorable striped tees, whimsical floral prints and more.
225 26th St.
Poppy Store: Fave Find
What kid doesn't love splashing in puddles? Make sure your little one's feet stay dry and stylish with these Hunter Original Kids First Classic Rain Boots, $60, in bright pink.