It's that time of the year: back-to-school season. Over a million NYC public school students start classes today. A happy time for some and a dreaded time for others. Either way, it's been the signal for stocking up on school supplies and new clothes. I decided to get some American-made things for my three-and-a-half-year-old nephew who is in preschool. With some help from his mom (my sister) and my husband, I think I've got quite the back-to-school care package for him.
City Threads is a kids' clothing company that Sarah Mazzone of Made in USA Challenge recommended to me. They carry lots of cool stuff for kids in bright colors and fun prints. What I liked best about their website is that you can search by size as well as gender and type of clothing. Here is what I bought:
- Watercolor Octopus Tee Shirt (in Caterpillar Green Heather, pictured above)-- My nephew picked this out and I do love the artistic animal graphic. I like that it's interesting without being too commercial.
- Soft Twill Cargo Pants (in Midnight Blue with Light Gray Stitch)-- These lightweight cotton pants really are soft. The elastic waist makes them easy for little kids to pull on and off themselves.
- Undies-- A selection of boxer briefs and regular briefs in solid colors, stripes, and prints. I'll spare the details lest I totally embarrass my nephew.
- Tri-Blend Short Sleeve T (in athletic blue and gray)-- I have the same crewneck tees in the slightly bigger Amy size. Love. Read about my love for the tri-blend tees in my brand spotlight.
- Stretch Over-All Pant (in mouse brown, pictured at the top)-- These tan overalls are soft and can be worn year-round. My husband helped pick these out.
- Flannel Long Sleeve Button-Up (in red/navy/camel plaid)-- I have a couple of their flannel shirts and love them. These are a slightly thinner fabric than the adult version but still seem like they're cozy. My plaid flannels get worn frequently in the cooler months.
In addition, a couple of other things that I'd think my nephew would like:
- Liberty Bottleworks Octopapa water bottle (in atomic, pictured above)-- This is a cute, kid-friendly version of the one my husband has and loves. With an octopus like his new shirt, but in a bright orange so it's easily visible. I purchased this with a sport top that can be used in three different ways. (Read my husband's review of his Liberty water bottle).
- Crayola Crayons (24 count)-- There is little else that's more fun than a fresh box of crayons, right?
(Photos courtesy of American Apparel, City Threads, and Liberty Bottleworks.)