This week's Thursday Styles features Critical Shopper Molly Young venturing to Bedford Stuyvesant. The Shophound is old enough to remember a time not so long ago when that phrase could be translated to mean that the Critical Shopper had lost her mind and had a death wish, but nothing changes the city more than Big Real Estate, and today, Bed-Stuy isn't even the newest up-and-coming neighborhood anymore. It is, however, still a place where a directional indie boutique like Sincerely Tommy can set up a most spacious shop, for now, anyway.
Our shopper seems to be right at home, and finds a versatile top and pants ensemble.
Add a cigarette and a preposterous tan and I could be an Italian grandmother on the make in Portofino. With a macaroni necklace, I could be six years old. This is the kind of versatility I seek in clothes.
So, it's definitely not for the hotsy totsy Hervé Leger set. On the plus side, the article's photos show the kind of hairy shoes that are all the rage on Milan's catwalks for Fall. These sorts of looks will either delight or repulse you, and it sounds like how you feel about this store depends on how you feel about the more adventurous looks at Opening Ceremony, or the fashion sense of Solange Knowles. If such things excite you, then you are probably already on your way to Bed-Stuy. If not, then you can rest assured that while there will always be places to buy bombshell outfits, Sincerely Tommy just isn't one of them.
Critical Shopper: In Bed-Stuy, a New Store is Like a Petting Zoo for Clothes by Molly Young (NYTimes)
Sincerely Tommy 343 Tompkins Avenue between Monroe & Madison Sts., Bedford-Stuyvesant