Sincerely, Tommy (343 Tompkins Ave., Bedford-Stuyvesant)
On September 20, Bed-Stuy native and Chanel alum Kai Avent-Deleon will debut Sincerely, Tommy—named for its Tompkins Avenue address—a fashion and home-goods shop stocking young local designers and little-known international brands, all in the first level of a brownstone.
Three-story brownstone purchased by Avent-Deleon’s grandmother from an octogenarian who hadn’t renovated since the ’50s. The first floor had been used as a hardware store.
1. 1,040-square-foot poured-concrete floor.
2. Glass display box for rose-gold Knobbly ear cuffs from Israel ($72), Fort Makers nugget-shaped silver studs ($72), beard-oil samplers ($22), and Dead Sea salt detox by Herbivore Botanicals (from $12).
3. Café serving Irving Farm coffee and lavender brownies, maple stools by Ben Erickson ($350).
4. Erickson leather sling chair ($1,500) and copper side tables ($750), art mags.
5. Home goods like ceramics by Shayla Cox and Oneandmany.
6. Iron benches display screen-printed T-shirts by local label Dear Dana and L.A.’s Unfortunate Portrait (from $55). Cleared off, they’ll double as seating for monthly classes—like T-shirt-making for teens.
7. Racks of gold leather tank tops by Brooklyn-based Jamie McCarty ($487), Cistanthe angora coats ($800), Nanushka shearling pullovers ($218), and house-designed sheer diamond-motif tees ($120).
Side by Side
Two big labels—one classic American, the other fast fashion by way of the U.K.—will roll out massive men’s floors at their November-launching flagships.
Scope: The largest Kors store to date, at 22,000 square feet across three floors, and the first to carry the men’s line—previously stocked only in department stores.
Man Clothes: Washed-leather utility jackets ($895), sherpa-lined hoodies ($175), embossed croc sneakers ($328), duffels in pebbled leather (from $698), and bergamot and musk scents ($78).
Man Cave: A 4,000-square-foot lower level with chevron flooring, smoked mirrors, gray marble display cases, and black crocodile-print walls.
Perks: Complimentary personal shopping and tailoring and a pool table.
For the Ladies: On floor two, the first dedicated shoe salon for women, at over 800 square feet, featuring gold leather wedges and three-buckle motorcycle booties.
608 Fifth Ave.
Scope: Topshop’s largest flagship outside Oxford Circus, spanning four floors, including a cellar level dedicated to men’s that’s even bigger than the Soho Topman.
Man Clothes: Skinny suits in teal and navy (from $330), neoprene bomber jackets ($70), rave-ready bandannas ($30), and exclusive abstract-print cotton tees ($35) and suit jackets with silk lapels ($280).
Man Cave: A low-ceilinged, 9,000-square-foot showroom, featuring a men’s-only styling annex in the back corner with smoked mirrors and blond wood flooring.
Perks: Complimentary personal shopping, off-site tailoring shipped directly to the customer, and a refreshment bar.
For the Ladies: Friday-night dresses and beauty on the first floor; denim and petites on the second; and shoes on floating LED shelves on floor three.
Property (57 Walker St.)
After 15 years on Wooster Street, in late September, Property co-owners Sabrina Schilcher and Ondine Harris are moving their podlike side chairs and Tom Dixon salt shakers to a new space. The open floor plan encompasses not only furniture and décor but also an assortment of vintage coats and dresses from the likes of Prada and Miu Miu (Property’s first foray into clothing). Of course, modernist lighting will still be their signature. Here, a selection of the latest.
Black/Floor: Crue lamp, $1380. “I love how delicate this lamp is,” says Schilcher. “It’s spindly enough for small spaces but has the volume for a larger apartment as well.”
Bronze/Floor: Tom Dixon Beat lamp, $1,420. “I was one of Tom Dixon’s first U.S. stockists, 13 years ago. We're dedicating an entire section of the store to his work.”
Black/Ceiling: Jake Phipps Tweet light, from $3,200. “We’ve been carrying Jake’s ceramic birds since the late ’90s, but the cage concept is brand-new.”
Bronze/Ceiling: Schilsan Petal chandelier, from $8,335. “This is from our in-house line. It’s customizable, so you can pick your finish and dimensions.”
You’ve had a by-appointment shop above Marlow
& Sons for half a year now. Will the Wythe shop be similar?
My husband [Andrew Tarlow] and I used to think of South Williamsburg as a little village, anchored by our restaurants. We’d source cows and sheep locally for the menu and make leather bags with the hides and sell them upstairs. But then we opened the Wythe in 2012, and the lobby started to feel like a new hub of a much, much bigger village—one that encompassed tourists from Japan and Argentina, who were interested in our leather. So this shop is going to be more focused on the traveler, with items like our version of the Moroccan slipper, zip-top cross-body bags, and hand-woven Indian textiles.
Any outside designers you’re excited to feature?
HomeSpun, based in the U.K., is launching this fall with Mongolian-cashmere robes, and we’re one of the first stockists. Caron Callahan happens to be married to the chef at Reynard, and we’re going to carry her shirt dresses and alpaca sweaters.
What makes your new bags different from all of the other “sustainable” products out there now?
This is our first batch tanned by Pergamena—a 450-year-old mill an hour outside the city that processes its own wastewater. There literally is no waste. Plus, the dyes are berry and vegetable based, and the leather is tanned with natural tannic acid, which is found in chestnuts. You could practically eat it.