Does it really come as a surprise to anyone that some Manhattan moms think nothing of spending $650 on a dress or $400 on a pair of shoes ... for a 3-year-old? How about $795 on a Gucci backpack or $1,090 on a poofy leopard print coat? Sure, it sounds excessive, but consider the benefits of forking over enough cash to feed a small village on your little one's clothing.
It's like Dara Sandler of Manhattan, who spent $10,000 on her 3-year-old daughter's summer wardrobe (and plans to spend even more on her fall collection), says: "I really believe when she dresses like this, she feels better about herself."
Well, there you go. Who would dare to put a price on a child's self-esteem? Imagine -- just imagine -- the trauma of being the only kid on the bucket swings wearing Old Navy instead of Dolce & Gabbana. Shudder. That kind of emotional damage could seriously derail a toddler's developing sense of entitlement and superiority!