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 Place for A One-of-a-Kind Backpack: FAO Schwarz

New this fall at NYC's most popular toy store is Vestpakz, an alternative to the traditional backpack. Invented by a sixth grader, this trendy vest-slash-backpack stores school supplies and more in its large pouches (one large in back, two smaller in front). Its available in many patterns and colors for a reasonable $19.99. (767 5th Ave., Midtown East)



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

–Rachel Sokol