From the editor
Fiona Thomas and Allison Sires met while working at the shoe company Loeffler Randall, around 2008, Fiona in PR and Allison in design. The two became fast friends when they found they shared not only an aesthetic, but a vision: to open a store where they could feature their own great designs alongside clothes and other products by designers they love. In December 2010, a cryptic email went out to the fashion world with the subject line, “Who is Thomas Sires?” The answer would be revealed the following week, at an address on Elizabeth Street in NoLita.
Thomas Sires opened in a space that once held another beloved shop, Seize Sur Vingt (since relocated). The young store’s reputation has risen rapidly, for its great variety of merchandise and casual, girl-crush style. Fiona and Allison traveled to Tokyo and Paris for inspiration before opening their shop, and the result is a “lifestyle store” where you can buy not only clothes crafted with thoughtful silhouettes, but jewelry, kids’ clothes, a set of maritime-themed rubber stamps, a handcrafted fabric Hmong elephant, and more. The store is as much about fun as it is about fashion. Neon brings a fresh glow to the space; it can be found in store fixtures, in the sign in the entryway, and even among the items for sale.
Elizabeth Street is worth a trip in itself. Famous for its great shopping—from one-of-a-kind, independent boutiques to larger retailers like Steven Alan and Tory Burch—the area boasts other attractions as well, not least a few great, go-to restaurants. For an afternoon post-shopping pick-me-up, visit Tacombi for tacos and homemade soda. Or, if you’re around in the evening, stop into the much-lauded Public or Peasant for dinner.
- Say hello to the sales staff! Either Fiona or Allison is almost always working in the store.
- Don’t be surprised if you find a furry friend hanging out by the door. Fiona’s dog Ivy is a regular fixture here—and, perhaps, the inspiration for Thomas Sires’ natural rope dog leashes and canvas water bowls by Found My Animal.