Hey, you made it! The summer is winding down, which means it’s time to start thinking about heading back to school. (Although FYI: it’s not too late to get to some of these spots and events in the dog days of summer.) That said, there’s nothing like back-to-school shopping to get everyone excited about getting back to class. We checked in with local NYC boutiques for their picks on the coolest back-to-school gear, clothes and more, for kids just starting school to those too cool for it. (i.e, your seven-year-old, etc.) Read on to send your kid back to school in style!
Rockets of Awesome Sequin Bomber Jacket
This super fun kids brand opened a pop-up store in the Flatiron District to serve all your back to school needs. (Note: It's gone September 29.) Somehow this snazzy number is not only cool, it's also machine-washable. (That's pretty awesome.) Sequin jacket, $59.50.
Rockets of Awesome
133 Fifth Ave.
Wipeout™ Dry Erase Helmet
Over at Greenpoint's Flying Squirrel, owner Catherine Schmitz says scooters and helmets are flying off the shelves. Wipeout™ dry erase helmets are for kids ages five to 11, and come in several colors with five dry erase non-toxic markers and a stencil kits with eight shapes to help kids personalize their own. $30.
87 Oak St.
Parkland Bayside Pickle Backpack
We're not sure why you'd need any additional reason to buy a this Parkland backpack featuring a pickle (!) print, but in addition to being crazy cute, it's vegan and repurposes eight plastic water bottles. $39.99.
230 Vesey St.
FCTRY Holo Umbrella
Another hot item this time of year? Rain gear. Over at Pipsqueak in Bed-Stuy, this kids' version of Factry's Holo umbrella is a crowd-pleaser. (Apparently, it inspires lots of double-takes when in use.) The store also stocks the brand's watermelon and lemon styles, and if you need a Holo for yourself, it comes in an adult-scale size as well.
1124 Bedford Ave.
Stanley Puffer Black Boot
We missed the memo on these light-up shoes from Pop: they charge via USB connection and have three brightness levels. (Sold!) The brand has lots of cool kicks (shiny, polka dot, tie-dye, etc.) but this new style is a nylon boot with terrycloth lining, and even has tie-free toggle laces. $115 at Two Kids and a Dog.
Two Kids and A Dog
65 Pearl St.
Creative Spark Graphic Tee
At Cobble Hill's Picnic, owner Lindsey Engler loves this Appaman graphic T-shirt. "It's got a little bit of edge with a back to school flair.” $40, Picnic.
192 Amity St.
Milk & Cookies Cream Pals Socks
Our sources also say socks are a big seller this time of year. Over at Babesta, these no-skid socks are popular and it's easy to see why. Not only are they cute (there's also a burger and fries version), they come with a "No Holes Forever" guarantee! $9 at Babesta.
Usborne Get Ready for School Book
Schmitz says kid-publisher Usborne's books are hard to keep in stock. Wipe-off titles help little ones get ready for school with practice writing capital and lowercase letters, common words and more. $14.95 at Flying Squirrel.
Gianna Pencil Skirt
At first, this looks like just a cute skirt in autumnal hues. Not so. The tulle and cotton piece from Pink Chicken actually features a print of many pencils and now we want one for one for ourselves. $68 at Picnic.
Stick It Patch Set
Already got a backpack but want to add a little flair? Try these patches from Rockets of Awesome. $15.
Dreamy Swan Sweathshirt
Recalling Bjork's iconic Academy Awards swan dress, this Wauw Capow by BANGBANG sweatshirt is a definite style statement. $68 at Babesta.
MoMeMans Pencil Case
Flying Squirrel's Schmitz likes these pencil cases from Brooklyn company MoMeMans, which even come with a set of mini pencils. $20.
Packed Party, Always Write Clipboard
Head to Engler's Carroll Gardens shop Disco to outfit older kids seven and up. She picks this confetti clipboard to help provide a little extra homework motivation. $32.
289 Court St.
Parkland Snack Bag
Make snack time even more appealing with these snack bags from Parkland, also available at Babesta for $14.99.
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