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 the Coolest Tees in Brooklyn: Area Kids

Brooklyn's pint-sized fashionistas flock to Area Kids when searching for hip back-to-school clothes in their borough. Area Kids carries Appaman, Tea Collection, Hatley, NYC Subway Line tee shirts and more. Whatever your kid's style may be, Area Kids has them covered from head to toe. Pictured here is the Appaman King Lion Classic Tee, $36. (Various locations in Cobble Hill, Park Slope, Fort Greene and more.)

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

–Rachel Sokol