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5 Back-to-School Shopping Havens

Caitlynne Leary | August 5, 2016 | Feature Features

It's that time of year again—summer is coming to a close and the beginning of a new school year is in sight. Here, five haute spots that will ensure your kiddos are dressed to impress for the first day, field trips and more!
Mini fashionistas sporting the latest fall looks from Janie and Jack

1. With San Diego locations at both Fashion Valley Mall and Westfield UTC, J.Crew is well known for its high quality, classic apparel, and this year kids can also pick out fun school accessories to go with their fabulous new wardrobe. The line has a plethora of options for boys and girls alike: Think the kitty backpack ($60) for cat-loving children, or the Snaggletooth Monster lunchbox ($40) with the Max the Monster furry pencil case ($23), which will keep the kids entertained at playtime. 4465 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, 858.678.8714

Continue the back-to-school shopping at UTC and pop over to Janie and Jack. This preppy boutique offers fashionable children’s clothing designed to make kids look and feel their best! Girls and boys will have tons of options to choose from, ensuring their first impression is one that sticks. Our boys' pick? The roll cut Oxford shirt ($36), belted twill short ($39) and leather loafers ($54). Totes adorbs! 4505 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego, 858.626.8171

Down the road, Neiman Marcus at Fashion Valley has one of the best kids' sections in town. Their back-to-school collection features name brands like Stella McCartney, Armani Jr. and Fendi. Kids can find everything from dresses to slacks to bags. Little girls will love Fendi’s long sleeve jersey monster dress ($220) and Stella’s round metallic star crossbody bag in silver ($178). Throw in a pair of Gucci GG ballet flats ($115) and they’ll be unstoppable! 7027 Friars Road, San Diego, 619.692.9100

Round out the shopping trip with a stop at Sweet Paper, a stationery boutique known for its employees who can provide tips and tricks to make any kid's school year colorful. This specialty shop also works with The Children’s Initiative and supports local schools and charities. The personal stationery, calendars, planners and notepads will make it easy for the little ones to stay organized. Try Kate Spade’s black stripe 2017 agenda ($36) and the initial dipped notebook ($16). 7660-A Fay Ave., La Jolla, 858.456.1446

Last but not least, Wildfox offers up trendy vintage clothes for girls—all available at Nordstrom Fashion Valley. With tees and sweaters that are both cute and comfortable, the “First Day Of School” collection will be sure to knock your socks off! The sure-fire hits? The “Aloha” graphic tee ($38) and “I’m really a unicorn” sweatshirt ($62). 6997 Friars Road, San Diego, 619.295.4441


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