Here in NYC, kids don’t just need a lunch box, backpack, supplies and a new fall wardrobe for going back to school, they need the coolest, trendiest, most fashionable back-to-school goodies around. We scoured some of our favorite local stores for their hottest back to school must-haves. Read on to see our list, and then hit the city to go shopping before the first day of school.

Appaman Puffy Vest, $71.00

Why it's cool for school: Coats? Who needs 'em. Well, at least until winter sets in. Until then, boys and girls will love showing off their style skills layering tees, sweaters and hoodies with a puffy vest.

Get it: Kidville
466 Columbus Avenue, Upper West Side
163 East 84th Street, Upper East Side

— Julie Seguss