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.

Image courtesy of Dominique L. via Yelp

The Place for Adorable Shoes: Les Petit Chapelis

This adorable downtown boutique stocks many brands from across the pond and has new, colorful boots and shoes for statement-making NYC boys and girls. Shoes from 10IS and Pom D'api, both French brands, range from $85 to $202. Très chic, but admittedly not for everyone's budget. (146 Sullivan St., West Village)

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

–Rachel Sokol