We all know no outfit is complete without shoes and Repetto is the French ballet shoe company responsible for shodding glamorous feet such as Sarah Jessica Parker and perhaps the less glamorous, but still well-shod feet of Hilary Clinton. Their cultural and fashion significance would be zilch, however, if Brigitte Bardot hadn’t worn them in And God Created Woman creating the ballet shoe craze in the 50s and cementing the shoes’ place in style history.
While notoriously difficult to find, these immaculately made flats provide stylish relief for grown and growing feet alike including high heels, of which there are many in Suri’s burgeoning collection. One place that does stock them is Pas de Deux at 330 East 11th Street, just a short drive north from 3.1 Phillip Lim.
Next, continue up town to Madison Avenue. I’d recommend taking 3rd Avenue so you can swing by Serendipity 3 for an ice cream (see our All Scream for Ice Cream article) before visiting perhaps the best store to capture Suri’s look.
While your average mum might go to a dressmaker or at the very least run up a Butterick pattern to create something special and unique for her little girl, Katie has taken that idea as far as you would too, if you had the means. Only launched last year, Holmes and Yang is the collaborative label of Katie Holmes and Jeanne Yang, her stylist. Now, it’s not exclusively a children’s wear line but it is made exclusively in Manhattan and Brooklyn with lux fabrics- high quality and price tag to match. To get Suri’s approval on a piece, Jeanne Yang has stated simply “It has to twirl”. It’s good to know some things don’t change.
About now even the most dedicated shopper would be feeling hunger pangs. For lunch, why not stroll through Central Park over to 73rd Street and get a table at Alice’s Tea Cup. Katie and Suri often eat there and with the charming Alice in Wonderland inspired interior and a menu offering high tea trays piled with scones, cakes and sandwiches- it’s not hard to see why.
The last stop for today, Eliane et Lena, is a French label full of true girly fashion. If frills and bows are the order then look no further. Their designs are created for ages from 6 months to twelve years and this is reflected in its popularity with the star power of Jessica Alba, Courtney Cox, Katherine Heigl, Nicole Richie and Heidi Klum. Now, unless you want to schlep it over to Brooklyn, I’d recommend ordering these gorgeous dresses on line, perhaps in the car on your way home- you must be tired after such a long day of successful shopping.