Kai Avent-deLeon still lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant brownstone that has been in her family for nearly half a century. It only made sense, then, for her to open Sincerely, Tommy, a concept store that is now two years old, in the neighborhood she loves. Located on the corner of Tompkins Avenue and Monroe Street, the bright and minimalist space is more than just a fashion boutique. It carries clothes, certainly, from emerging womenswear designers like CF. Goldman, Rejina Pyo, Nanushka, and Roshi Porkar (plus a lower-priced in-house label). But it also offers up for sale a selection of objets d’art and other home décor goods, some inspired by Avent-deLeon’s travels abroad, others the handiwork of local artisans. And if the unusual collection of high-end fashion and wares (which never feels too precious) doesn’t entice, the coffee counter and free Wi-Fi will, beckoning curious passersby to enter and hang out. Even if you don’t live nearby, it’s worth the trip.
343 Tompkins Avenue, Brooklyn