So long to summer heat, sandals, and floppy beach hats. Hello to crisp, cool days, soft sweaters, and snug boots. Autumn’s golden glow has arrived, and along with it, that special time known as back-to-school season. Whether you’re a student yourself, have a few little ones in tow, or just love to tap into the productive buzz emanating from those gearing up to hit the books, fall is a natural time to stop, take stock, make plans for the rest of the year, and, of course, refresh your wardrobe. The Upper East Side has no shortage of boutiques where you can pick up some on-trend looks for the students in your life. And many of them are on Madison Avenue, within easy walking distance from The Kent condos. So, grab a latte and some friends — it’s time for a little back-to-school shopping!
Bonpoint | 1269 Madison Avenue
At Bonpoint, the details are everything. This high-end children’s boutique offers sunny, cheerful clothing that reflects the wonder and playfulness of childhood. In fact, for over 40 years, happiness has been the company’s guide. According to Bonpoint: “This happiness lies in the delicate stitching on a perfectly draping piece, or playful hand-embroidery that catches the eye.” Indeed, the pieces here are brimming with joyous detail. We’re smitten with the Maisy Coat in powder pink, a warm, cuddly piece with a posh collar. According to Hello! magazine, the Duchess of Sussex herself, Meghan Markle, was recently seen perusing Bonpoint for baby clothes, so shoppers are in good company.
Jacadi | 1242 Madison Avenue
Children’s fashion is fun, but the most important part of refreshing a kid’s wardrobe is ensuring that they feel confident and comfortable when returning to school. Anything less can impede the learning process. Luckily, Jacadi has clothes that are both practical and highly stylish. You’ll find, as Jacadi puts it, “collections that are specially designed to re-enchant and re-invent iconic French styles.” Think Peter Pan collars, horizontal stripes, gleaming ballet flats, and bright geometric patterns. The cuts are comfortable and the coats are warm, so kids can get out and play, regardless of the city’s fickle weather. This ultra-cool Boy’s Cossack Hat with microfleece lining is sure to keep little ears safe from icy wind, and the Essentiels line has everything the child in your life will need to conquer the school year comfortably and in style.
Caramel | 1244 Madison Avenue
If your style tends toward simple, lived-in looks and rich, vivid colors, you might want to swing by Caramel. The boutique has clothing for babies, children, and women — perhaps you can pick up something for yourself, as well. A quick look through the girls’ dresses reveals plenty of classic cuts in solid colors and simple prints, including the Thalassa Pinafore in the color thyme, which somehow manages to be both classic and unique. Little boys are sure to melt hearts in the Boreas Coat in featherweight tweed, a timeless, dapper, and functional piece for fall (and winter!) on the Upper East Side.