Like many Philadelphians I know, when I shop in brick-and-mortar stores, I’m pretty serious about shopping local … or at least trying to shop local. (Let’s keep the money in the city, yo.) But I’ll confess that when I shop online, supporting the local guy isn’t something I always think about, especially when it comes to shopping for kids’ clothes, which are especially easy to buy in bulk from the usual suspects. (Alas: We have enough Old Navy graphic toddler tees to open our own store.) Still, there’s no question now that it’s time to end that habit, because there are SO many cute/special/affordable/eco-friendly options from Philly online retailers, retailers who sell the whole gamut of kids’ clothes on one site: t-shirts, rompers, leggings, pants, shorts, swimwear … the whole bit. Check it out here — and bookmark this list!!
The shop: Hatch, owned by Ambler’s Brittany Bollard, was until fairly recently a brick-and-mortar with a solid selection of stylish (sometimes sweet, sometimes a tad sassy) kids’ baby and toddler clothes and a smattering of accessories. Now, it’s an online store with all the same great stuff — rompers, sweet dresses, pants, tees and tanks, bowties, shorts, baby bikinis, hats and more, a great deal of which is locally made — and pop-up locations in Serendipity of Chestnut Hill and Avalon (as well as the occasional announced pop-up elsewhere!). Follow ’em on Facebook to stay abreast of pop-ups and other happenings.
Wee favorite finds: A custom sunsuit romper; the Egg by Susan Lazar ruffle-bottom dress; tiger leggings.
Also of note: Hatch also does styling and room design.
The shop: First & Marley, co-owned by husband and wife Daniel Weiss and Annie Fuhrman Weiss, sells stylish, cool and casual everyday tops, pants, shoes, onesies, dresses, accessories, and more. The look is extremely wearable and low-key, but the mix of designers (some you know; some hidden gems) here is really something.
Wee favorite finds: Red engineer-striped baby loafers, the “Stay Stoked” fleece pullover, harem shorts.
Also of note: The sales are awesome, awesome — there are $5, $10 and $15 finds on the regular.
The shop: Sweet Luka Mo features clothes made here, in Philly, by a Philly couple — and everything is cool: simple, but just a tad sassy. (Nothing too cutesy here — there’s a lot of black, grey, navy.) It’s a very small, very tightly edited collection, but they’ve got dresses, rompers, tops and leggings — and everything is totally sustainable, soft, ethically made and gender-neutral.
Wee favorite finds: The local peach tank top, splatter tank dress, the rainbow romper.
Also of note: Follow the Facebook page for all the news of sales and pop-ups.
The shop: Buddha Babe (formerly Buddha Bibs) got its start with a bunch of adorable kerchief-style bibs handmade by creator Tina Dixon Spence, but has since grown into a whole big line of eco-friendly toddler scarves, harem pants, dresses, shorts, hats, and all kinds of gear and accessories. Not only is it all adorable, but Tina and her team are making everything themselves right here in Philly.
Wee favorite finds: Big Buddha Butt Batmask Boy leggings, Blue Ming Buddha bib, the ballet notes beaded beanie.
Also of note: You can find Buddha Babe products online, or at Minnow Lane and Hatch (as well as several other local stores)! Also, like many of our other retailers here, if you follow B.B. on social media, you’ll be clued in to real-live pop-ups and showings — OR you can check the site, or sign up for the newsletter.
The shop: Narberth-based Sew Much Cooler specializes in custom (yes! Custom!) dresses, shorts, bowties, skirts, hats, and diaper covers for babies and toddlers. The patterns are bold, bright and colorful (everything from polka dots and choo-choos to Frieda Kahlo and Day of the Dead themes!), and you can determine exactly what pattern you want on what style of clothing, and then fill out a form, and voila!
Wee favorite finds: Too hard to pick from the infinite options of styles and fabrics.
Also of note: You can find little capsule showcases of Sew Much Cooler clothes in several brick-and-mortars around here, including Primp & Play and Villavillekula, among other spots.
The shop: So the truth is that Minnow Lane is a fantastic brick-and-mortar in Fishtown (complete with a parenting center), but we tossed ’em on this list, too, because their online retail is on point, with a big selection of the same cute, organic and sustainable stuff they have in the store (some of which is locally made!): Pants, tulip shorts, teeny hoodies, PJs, onesies and rompers, kimonos, dresses (and a whole bunch more).
Wee favorite finds: The Thompson tulip tank, Mason Dixon derby shoes, Milkbarn’s lavender dot cardigan.
Also of note: They constantly have great sale items online.
The shop: My Kid’s Threads is a Newtown-based online consignment shop that focuses on designer clothes for babies and kids — prices are up to 80 percent less than what you’d pay retail. After years running large-scale eCommerce businesses for Fortune 500 companies, founder and CEO Lisa Batra decided to open My Kid’s Threads upon realizing that when it came to buying her own kids’ clothes, online auctions were often a bit tough in terms of guaranteeing quality, and shopping in traditional brick-and-mortar consignments required “undivided time and attention … a luxury most moms don’t have.” And so My Kid’s Threads was born, focusing on selling new and gently used high-quality, established brands in sizes that range from newborns to 14, for both boys and girls. (And, of course, not only can you buy — you can also consign your own stuff!)
Wee favorite finds: Atlanta mocassin penny loafers, Bonpoint mesh overlay dress, Hartstrings sailor romper.
Also of note: They also sell a small smattering of maternity clothes!