Paris has long been known for its top fashions: designers from across the world flock here during fashion week, and the top looks can be found splashed on the covers of international glossy magazines. While fashion for children may be less visible, French designers take their kids-wear just as seriously. The miniature vêtements feature the same level of craftsmanship, creativity, and quality as Parisian men and women demand of their own wardrobes. This selection of favourite local labels ranges from aristocratic young tykes to modish, hipster looks. Even artsy, bohemian garments can be found for les enfants. Browsing through racks of adorable children’s clothing is an easy way to source chic souvenirs: your niece or best friend’s new baby will love their luxe, like-no-other looks, and Mum and Dad will adore the fait à Paris (made in Paris) label. Head to any one of these premier children’s clothiers for looks you’ll wish came in adult sizes.
The gorgeous flagship in the heart of the booming Northern Marais is a 3-floor bazaar featuring the trendy brand’s collection for boys and girls. From newborns to pre-teens, this store offers kids everything from stylish fashion (in vogue this winter: tartan) to furniture, books, and toys. There’s even an in-house hair salon for under-18-year-olds only, and a vintage black-and-white photo booth to immortalise the new look.
From privileged little princes and princesses to chic young adults, the garments at Bonpoint are classic, polished, and meticulously well-made. Look for precious embroidered dresses for girls and swoon-worthy trouser sets for boys. The sprawling ground floor space is wrapped around a verdant interior courtyard and the great basement café is our secret spot for a coffee in the heart of the Left Bank.
Run by an artsy Franco-Chinese couple, Petit Pan is a colorful French label offering curated a selection of clothes for boys, girls, and babies. The brand also sells an eclectic mix of accessories, linens, and homegoods. Pick up one of the beautiful bamboo and silk lanterns or mobiles. My favorite? A travel-themed mobile featuring a kite, a postcard, and a stickered suitcase.
Finger in the Nose
Edgy kids will love the rock & roll-style designs at this French fashion house. With its insolent name and well-respected collection of denim, kids and parents alike will appreciate the wide selection of fits, colours, and treatments. In the Marais store, find a limited edition looks, exclusive accessories, kids’ fashion magazines and jewelry.
For over 100 years Petit Bateau—or Little Boat—has been making its signature cotton underwear for boys, girls, and babies. Today, the brand has expanded: a full line of garments (and undergarments) are available for all ages, including adults. The traditional French label seems to sum up Parisian-chic style with its comfortable and fashion-forward collections. Find the complete selection at their Champs-Elysées store.