Story by Rachel Schwartzmann – Shop Sincerely Tommy – Photos by Bridget Badore for The Style Line
The concept of fostering local and emerging talent –
is a no-brainer for Brooklyn shop-boss,Kai Avent-deLeon.In fact, it serves as the core for her concept store Sincerely, Tommy which pays homage to quality, creativity and community. Located in the heart of Bed-Stuy the neighborhood gem caters to clothing and coffee-lovers alike with a dual built-in espresso bar. “We want people to feel welcome and most importantly get to know the space and what we are doing.” Kai shared when asked how this component enhances the environment. The space itself serves no shortage of inspiration with it’s rustic interiors, plant-filled corners and a surplus of natural light – Sincerely, Tommy seems to celebrate every New York staple when it comes to providing a true city-inspired shopping experience. With that said, we sat down with Kai to chat further about the role New York has played in the launch of Sincerely, Tommy and how her personal style translates into her life as Brooklyn boutique owner.
My name is Kai Avent-deLeon and I am the owner of Sincerely, Tommy.
How would you characterize the Sincerely Tommy community?
What inspired the coffee shop aspect Sincerely, Tommy experience and what value do you think this adds to the community?
Talk to us about Brooklyn – From your experience how would you describe the collective personal style and of your customers and what role do you think style plays in their lives?
Personally, what is your favorite aspect of NYC style and how do you think it translates into the energy of Sincerely, Tommy?
Are there any pieces or nooks within the space that are a constant source of inspiration for you?
How has pursuing this endeavor redefined or re-inspired your definition of discovery?
It only reinstills my belief that you have to follow what you’re passionate about in life. I think I’ve discovered qualities in myself that I didn’t realize existed until I opened the store.