But at the brand new Miki House in downtown Bellevue, you can still find bears stitched on sweatshirts and age-appropriate cuteness. The upscale children’s boutique chain is based in Kyoto, Japan and has flagship stores in Paris and Milan. The Eastside shop is the first stand-alone Miki House in America.
Though you’ll spot tiny leather jackets inside, anime-like artwork stitched onto shirts, hoodies, jeans, and shoes is the prevailing aesthetic. The upcoming 2011 spring/summer collection is full of harajuku embellishments for girls (think bows, skirts, and buttoned-up dresses) and anchors, trucks — nothing too avant-garde there — for little dudes.