Kids Are Alright

At these five boutiques, you’re never too young to be stylish.

By Angela Garbes December 20, 2008 Published in the September 2008 issue of Seattle Met

Baby Bling
Budding hipsters headed for Hollywood feel right at home at Redmond’s Hush Baby. While Mom and Pop sip gratis lattes, tiny fashionistas (the store stocks up to size 6) browse the shop’s impressive selection of tiny True Religion jeans, leather slip-on sneakers from Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line, and pacifier holders studded with Swarovski crystals. Shopping is hard work, so kids can take a break in Hush’s “movie theater,” a small alcove outfitted with beanbag chairs and a flat-screen television. Hush Baby, 7303 164th Ave NE, Redmond, 425-558-3835;
Oui Ones

Sky-blue walls, ornate chandeliers, just-so white couches, and striped-awnings make Georgia BluCLOSED feel like a petite Parisian sitting room. Kiddies cultivate an early appreciation for the rich warmth of cashmere with sweaters from Amber Hagen and the heavenly feel of pure cotton (and the French seas) with chic striped tees by Petit Bateau. And while petites filles adore richly detailed party dresses from Luna Luna Copenhagen, mini garçons get down with retro-style shirts and hats from Knuckleheads. _Georgia Blu, 4707 California Ave SW, West Seattle, 206-935-4499


Eastside babes are too young to remember the career of legendary local figure skater Rosalynn Sumners, but they’re just the right age for the eclectic array of clothing, toys, blankets, and dishes that the Olympian shop owner handpicks to fill up her Bella Bambini. Sumners carries a fun selection of snarky tees and onesies (“Poolice” emblazoned above a sparkly badge), but her best offering might be custom kiddie furniture design; the shop’s crew can make your princess’s pink pony dream bed a reality. Bella Bambini, 1 Lake St, Kirkland, 425-822-7200


Tender Hearts
Near Woodland Park Zoo, a thimble-size, ivy-covered brick building quietly beckons. Margaret Rose, the lady behind the counter at Mimi Rose,CLOSING SEPTEMBER 2010 stocks her store with her own designs and labels: Mimi Rose for girls, Bow Wow Club for boys. Both lines make the most of vintage-inspired fabrics and traditional designs; little ladies get lots of pink ruffles while little dudes have their pick of cowboy and robot prints. Don’t miss the ultrasoft, pastel-colored, furry baby bear suits. Mimi Rose, 6001 Phinney Ave N, Phinney Ridge, 206-361-1834


Baby Greens
In the fresh and woodsy Greenwood space known as Twig,CLOSED all-natural duds from lines like Madrona’s Two Owls and Columbia City’s Kate Quinn Organics hang from lofty shelves made of tree branches. Owner Angela Johnson’s commitment to offering earth-friendly, fair-trade, and locally made clothing matches her commitment to helping little ones look and feel good. Satisfying all requirements for young men aged zero to seven years: a military-style cotton jacket by Quinn with epaulets and cargo pockets. Twig, 8317 Greenwood Ave N, Greenwood, 206-706-0810;

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