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Like her mother and grandmother before her, Kai Avent-deLeon has used grassroots innovation—and a dose of caffeine—to cultivate community in Brooklyn.

With stints at esteemed fashion houses such as Chanel under her belt, Kai Avent-deLeon could’ve gone anywhere. But instead of being tempted by the bright lights of Manhattan, she decided to return to her native neighborhood in Brooklyn to open up her own fashion boutique—Sincerely, Tommy. Also equal parts coffee shop, art gallery, event space and community center, its location on a residential street in Bedford-Stuyvesant (Bed-Stuy) has connected previously separate communities. As a third-generation business owner in the

  • Words:
    Georgia Frances King
  • Photography:
    Zoltan Tombor

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  • Words:
    Georgia Frances King
  • Photography:
    Zoltan Tombor
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