Be Cool for School

Back to school gear worth an A-plus

Back to school shopping can be a daunting task, especially when everyone else in Miami is doing it at the same time.

When it comes to office supplies,  you’re on your own finding two-pocket duotangs at Office Depot.

But for that brand new wardrobe that gets an A plus for style, parents you can now breathe a sigh of relief.

 C By Me boutique in North Miami Beach is letting you avoid the congested mall by allowing your kiddies to design their own gear.

Children ages 5 to 15 years old
can create everything from backpacks, pencil cases, composition books, book covers, headbands, sling bags, tote bags, tank tops, T-shirts and even sneakers.

If your kid is no Picasso, there will be plenty of professionals who can help him or her unleash their inner artist.

Co-owner Erika Koopman said every clothing design experience is personal.

"A customer may take 30 minutes to create something or two hours. We never want to inhibit someone’s creative spirit," she said.

Packages at the boutique start at $25 and all include a slice of pizza and a soda.

The two-hour event takes place throughout the weekend giving you ample time to get cool in time for school on Monday.

Annie Vazquez is a Miami-based journalist and shop-a-holic. Email her with any fashion tips, boutique openings, events, sales and bargains at


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