New York City kids need more than a lunch box, backpack and notebook as they head back to school. They also need the coolest, trendiest, most fashionable back-to-school clothing around. We scoured some of our favorite NYC kids clothing stores for their newest back to school must-haves. Read on to see our list, and then hit the city to go shopping before the first day.

The Shop for Stripes and Shapes: Torly Kid

This season, Torly Kid predicts that two new brands will be popular for young trendsetters: Toobydoo and Hudson Threads. The Toobydoo line focuses on stripes and classic looks while Hudson Threads' collection is bright and bold with geometric shapes. In other words, there's something for every kid at this downtown shop. Pictured: Fashions from the Toobydoo Collection; Mountain zip sweater, $73; Striped chevron dress, $58. (51 Hudson St., TriBeCa)



Where do you go for unique back-to-school finds? Share your shopping secrets in a Comment. 

–Rachel Sokol