Kai Avent-deLeon of Sincerely, Tommy makes some of her best design discoveries on Instagram.

By Laurel Pantin
Updated Aug 21, 2019 @ 4:00 pm
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As the owner of Sincerely, Tommy, the cult-favorite fashion and lifestyle boutique in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant, Kai Avent-deLeon takes a deliberate approach to buying. “I try to carry a lot of designers who are women, and women of color, in my store. I like unique things that you’ll want to have for a very long time.” She takes a similar approach to furnishing her apartment, which she shares with her partner, Anthony Bryant, an art director at Nike, and their baby son, Che Raini.

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Her favorite piece, an oddly shaped chair painted with thin yellow stripes (below), is by artist Kelly Infield, whom she discovered on Instagram. “She posted the chair, and I messaged her immediately asking if it was for sale.”

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At first, Avent-deLeon intended to sell it in her store: “We had it on display for a while, and Solange [Knowles] wanted to buy it, but we couldn’t figure out the shipping logistics. So when she couldn’t get it, I took that as a sign that, OK, I’m just going to take it for myself,” she says with a laugh. Since the birth of her son, the piece has taken on new meaning. “The chair reminded me of something you’d see on a playground. Having a child, I want to make sure I’m still incorporating playful things.”

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“I also discovered the painter Mattea Perrotta on Instagram.”

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"I love the woodwork in my apartment. Having that touch is so special when you live in New York.”

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Finds inspired by Kai's home, below.

$195 (left), $128 (right)