The Full Monty on Kai Avent-De-Leon

Sincerely Tommy

Definition: The Full Monty: 
British slang phrase.  It is generally used to mean “everything which is necessary, appropriate, or possible; ‘the works’”
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I stumbled upon Kai’s Instagram a week before I met her in person.  Her style is incredible and she is the owner of Sincerely Tommy, a beautifully appointed boutique in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn.

I knew instantly that I would love to get the full monty on Kai and her wardrobe. 

Sincerely Tommy

Dress: Laura Ashley
I think I paid like $60. It’s like a school girl dress. I love that it’s pleated and that the buttons in the front allow you to show as much or as little as you want.  

Kai Avent De Leon

“I love that this dress is cinched a little at the waist and I love the length too.  I can’t wait till the summer!”

mini skirt

Skirt: Marc Phillipe Coudeyre via Sincerely Tommy boutique
“I love to have fun pieces to lighten things up. New Yorkers are so dark sometimes.  It’s hand beaded and is from Marc’s first collection.”  


Top and skirt: Sincerely Tommy boutique
“I love this outfit.”  
“I’ve pretty much always worked in retail.  I worked at Chanel and a few other stores on an operations level but I’ve always wanted my own boutique.  I wanted something special in this neighborhood.”

Marni oxfords

Shoes: Marni
“These are amazing.  I got them at Marni in Soho.  I don’t wear heels. My fancy flats are my heels.  The flap comes off too.   The only thing is that when you walk the flap goes up and down.”
“Celine had these other shoes, the really pointy loafers with the lizard front? They were also amazing.”  

Click the below link to see more of Kai’s favorite pieces:

Moroccan slippers

Mule slippers: Morocco
“I just love the craftsmanship  because they are all woven and handmade. They are just different and I like different pieces.  I like things that I can mix and match.”

Chanel large black boy bag

Bag: Chanel
“This was actually the first Boy bag. I got this when I worked at Chanel and I remember when they came out.  I usually wear it cross body.”

Chanel large boy bag

“Chanel used to make these with the Chanel name stitched in at the top and now they don’t.  I had to have it.  The hardware is a lot of gold but it’s not a cheesy gold.  
I’m more of a bag girl but I’ve just recently started getting into shoes.” 


Earrings: Etsy
“I feel like I always have to have an earring on or I feel naked.”


Dress: Vintage Dior found on Etsy
“Etsy is pretty awesome and I’ve just started going on there for the store.  There are some real gems on there.” 


Pointy loafers: Asos
“I originally got these as fitting room shoes for people trying on clothes at the boutique.  I like metallic shoes.”


“My boutique is five months old and it’s very exciting.  It’s something that I’ve always wanted.”


“I’m so ready for spring.  There’s so many pieces that I want to throw on.”

Cross boy bags

Bags: Available at Sincerely Tommy
“The bags in this smaller size have little cross body straps.  I love the shape and the hardware.  It also comes in yellow, black (shown above), red and blue.  Surprisingly the taupe one (shown above) has sold the most.”

Brooklyn Brownstone

“I have lived here in Bedstuy for about four years.”  

Celine Trio bag

Bag: Celine
“I just really love the colour.  That was my favorite thing about it.  The trio is one of my favorites from Celine. I’ve been trying to find bags with as little hardware as possible because I have issues with my shoulders and back. This is the perfect size.  It’s light weight and easy since I’m on the go a lot.  It’s plain and classic.  Celine just always has really good bags.” 
Fave places to shop?
Acne is my go to once a week. That’s very dangerous.  I usually go for their shoes, more so than their clothing.  I love Celine.  That’s pretty dangerous too. ” 


  1. Vanita Blackman says:

    love her style! Even her apartment:)

    • Karen says:

      Yes her home is stunning

  2. Jewelle says:

    just a sampling of what Brooklyn has to offer…can’t wait to visit!..thanks for this Karen! Look forward to “Full Monty” on Fridays

    • Karen says:

      Thank you, I know Brooklyn is one area I so need to see more of

  3. Sinead says:

    Beautiful! I saw her gorgeous home on Apartment Therapy — a site I rarely visit because the rude comments are just out of control– and I am not at all surprised to see that her personal style is as elegant as her decor. Now I want to see pictures of her store!

    • Karen says:

      I just looked after you said this. The photos don’t even do her home justice! Yes her shop is lovely. If you google it’s name you should see some

    • Sinead says:

      Excellent article about the store in today’s New York Times “Critical Shopper” column. Makes me want to hop on the first plane to New York! I wish both you and Kai continued success. Makes me so happy to see other women and small business owners doing well.

  4. Mindy says:

    In love with her style and her bags! <3 Her apartment is perfect with those french doors! LOVE!

    • Karen says:

      Yes it’s stunning isn’t it? Agreed on Kai’s bags. All very modern.

  5. Liz Lizo says:

    Wow I love those burgundy shoes, so chic!

    – Liz

    • Karen says:

      Ugh those Marnis are so good. I like that the flap is detachable too.

    • Karen says:

      I’d say that’s a good thing!

  6. ange tombé says:

    Love this chica! We have a lot in common: I, too, feel naked without earrings, I raaaarely wear heels, and I’m a bag girl. Hahaha! She has great taste; hope to visit her store when I come back to NY…

    • Karen says:

      She does. Felt very honoued to have included her in The Full Monty.

  7. FASHION SNAG says:

    Awww, I love her! These features are my favorite. Things I love: her skirt and top set, the beaded skirt, and the first chanel boy bag!

    • Karen says:

      Glad you like the Full Monty features

  8. Jakina Ado says:

    I wish I could just like and archive this post, well I wish I could hit like on most of your posts, that red coat from the other day uh, I never knew I wanted a red coat now I’m pretty much obsessed.

    • Karen says:

      Ha ha! I should figure out how to get one of those like buttons. Ah yes that red coat. God I love it so much. LMK if you find one

  9. Heloísa Paiva says:

    Very nice looks! I really loved that (is that dark blue or dark gray) dress? Cant believe its just $60, here in Brazil it would cost a small fortune!

    Helô, from Vestido do dia

    • Karen says:

      I know what a steal! I love how long it is.

  10. Robyn Bourne says:

    The Moroccan slippers are my fave. Her Chanel boy bag is to die for!

  11. KOSTYA BAR says:

    This place is to die for. Holy guac!
    Thanks for sharing, love her shop, too.



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