Stock up on kids wear
Find all you need to dress your little darlings in Hong Kong's many designer children's stores
Ah Chi Co (G/F, 38 Eastern Street, Sai Ying Pun, 2559 6730)
Stocks clothing for children from newborn to six years and baby accessories, including feeding bottles, sterilisers, cribs and strollers. Shoes for children up to three years are stocked, but no fitting service is offered. Products are much cheaper than at other outlets.
By Bodyguard (A12 Discovery Bay Marina, 2302 0725)
Outdoor clothing for rainy days and sun protective clothing for the pool. The swimwear is imported from Australia and has an ultraviolet protective factor (UPF) of 50-plus. The range caters for young babies to children up to 12 years. A toddler's swimsuit costs $200 and larger suits are $260.
Buckle My Shoe (Level 1, Pacific Place, Seibu, Admiralty, 2971 3888)
Brand-name shoes for little feet. The outlet stocks DKNY, Moschino and its own label shoes for children from six months to 14 years. Fitting service offered.
Chickeeduck (20 outlets, 2541 8330 for your nearest store) Casual clothing to fit children from newborn babies up to age 14, and shoes for children from about the age of two. A T-shirt for a baby costs from $149, a pair of shoes from $199.
Dimples Babieswear (at selected locations: House F, Billows Villa, Hang Hau Wing Lung Road, Clearwater Bay; 11/F Yee Mat Mansions, Min Fat Street, Happy Valley; Bumps to Babes Central and Ap Lei Chau; 9040 3149)
Classic shapes with hand-embroidered, or print designs, for babies up to 18 months, in premature babies. The range includes socks ($70), bodysuits ($200), matinee jackets ($200) and wraps ($210).
Footstop (Shop 10C, Coda Plaza, 51 Garden Road, Mid-Levels, 2869 7922)
Emphasis is on a professional shoe-fitting service, which measures the width and length of feet. All fitters are trained by a chiropodist. The store carries soft shoes for toddlers and well-known brands, including Start-Rite for school-age children.
Honey B (shop 903, Times Square, Causeway Bay, 2506 0913)
Mostly furniture and accessories but it also stocks shoes for babies up to two years.
Jacadi Paris (from November, shop 328-9 Prince's Building, Central, 2167 8339; shop 165, Deck 1, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2730 7226; shop 905B, Times Square, Causeway Bay, 2506 0099)
Stocks clothing for children from zero to 12 years (prices begin at $100 for newborn items) and shoes for those aged six and up. A shoe fitting service is available.
MamaBebe Baby Outlet (unit B2, 9/F Camel Paint Building, Block 3, 60 Hoi Yuen Road, Kwun Tong, Kowloon, 2950 4110)
Specialises in clothes, including designer brands, mostly for children up to the age of two, although it has stock for the three-to-eight age range. According to the outlet, its prices are about a third cheaper than the retail price.
Mubaby (only available via internet, www.mubaby.com)
Set up by two sisters, one based in Hong Kong who could not find suitable clothes for her baby. Mubaby focuses on casual 'surfer chic' clothing for children between six months and four years. The collection consists mostly of T-shirts (from $70).
Shoe Box (six outlets in Kowloon and one on Hong Kong Island, call 2856 9345)
Stocks sports and casual shoes for children from eight months to 10 years and has a fitting service. Casual shoes ($250 to $600) are imported from Europe, sports shoes ($250 to $400) are sourced in Asia.
Toonsland (outlets across Hong Kong, 2369 8797)
Shirts, jackets, sweaters, trousers and dresses for children up to 12 years. Prices from $76 for a sweatshirt, $119 for a dress.
Total Eclipse (stock available from some outlets and clubs, 2358 0245)
Stocks Solarsuit clothing and swimwear from Australia. Solarsuit uses a fabric unique to the chloresist brand which resists the eroding effects of sun, chlorine and washing detergents. It also has a UPF of 50-plus which is the highest available according to Australian standards. Sizes cater to newborns up to adults and cost between $250 and $330.
Barocco (Tsim Sha Tsui, 2723 6128)
Bumps to Babes (21/F Horizon Plaza, 2 Lee Wing Street, Ap Lei Chau, 2552 5000)
Chicco (Cityplaza, 2577 7300; Ocean Terminal, 2377 3369; Wing On Counter, 2770 7692; Times Square, 2506 1080; Telford Plaza II, 3101 9019; Discovery Park, 2940 3355; Sha Tin, 2691 4130; Grand Century Place, 2628 3848)
Crocodile for Kids (customer service 2310 7316)
Esprit (inquiries 2764 2000)
Giordano (customer service 2746 4617)
Guess Kids (customer service 2314 3729)
Hipo.fant (customer service 2324 0363)
Kingkow (customer service 2786 4338)
Latini (shop 015, Marine Deck, Ocean Terminal, Tsim Sha Tsui, 2377 9828)
Luna Baby Store (Unit U, 2/F Windsor House, Causeway Bay, 2895 5348)
Mini Mexx (customer service 2611 0313)
Toto (Shop 212 Prince's Building, Central, 2869 4668)