Touch: Light As A Feather

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

On these hot and humid summer days it can be a struggle figuring out what to wear to take on the sticky heat. We all long for something absolutely weightless, right? Something light, breezy, breathable, and still beautiful. Allow us to suggest a few C&P summer must-haves. These are items that will make you eager to face the scorching temps all the way through the summer – come by for a visit and check them out!!


Anagram Pin Tuck Dress and Gary Graham Music Stripe Shirt

Gary Graham Sheer Shirt, White

Rachel Comey Tent DressRachel Comey Riviera Sandals

Won Hundred Walde Dress

SEE: Fashion matters – why?

Monday, June 20th, 2011

Why does fashion matter? Society has been grappling with this question seemingly since Eve discovered the wonder that is Grecian draping around the dawn of time and promptly converted Adam. Who can blame her? It’s very figure flattering.

In more recent history, this query has often taken on a rather dark and usually politically charged undertone, especially during periods of economic instability such as that from which we are ever so slowly emerging. There are certainly those among us who would categorize fashion as being superficial and irrelevant.

Naturally, we at Castor & Pollux do not share this opinion and have long championed the idea of “creating a decoration conversation, recognizing that the act of getting dressed directly corresponds to the books on our shelves, the foods we eat, the scents we wear, and the way we set the table.”

Furthermore, who can discount the immense cultural importance of the creation of sportswear (thank you, Coco “We’d be catching the bus in a corset and hoop skirt if it weren’t for you” Chanel), the wrap dress (we are indebted to you, Ms. Von Furstenberg), or the modern tuxedo jacket (Yves, without you we’d be lost)? Innovations in dress such as those previously mentioned are undoubtedly just as vital to our modern selves and the evolution of our society as the electric telegraph, the Model-T Ford and the X-Ray. They become cultural benchmarks, providing us with insight into a people, place, and time that might otherwise be lost.

Perhaps Nigel says it best in The Devil Wears Prada: “Halston, Lagerfeld, de la Renta – what they did, what they created, was greater than art because you live your life in it.”

Given our strong feelings on the issue, we were obviously delighted when the iconic Manhasset luxury retailer Hirschleifers invited us to participate in their online forum, aptly titled Why Fashion Matters – a year-long project created in honor of an astounding 100 years in business, as well as a way of paying homage to the fashion industry itself.

The site provides a space through which fashion lovers, in addition to movers and shakers in the industry (including such influential persons such as Jason Wu, Sharon Edelson of WWD and Ashley Olsen of The Row), can expound on the importance and relevancy of fashion in their lives and the lives of others. Here’s what a few contributors had to say:

Kerrilynn Pamer (Our very own!):

“It gives you a platform to play around with – whether you choose to or not. Even on days when the idea of dressing can seem daunting, you have the ability to tell others a little something simply by what you are wearing.”

Sonia Rykiel:

“Fashion offers a dream to women as well as a tool for their needs. It is a living statement of the times.”

David Neville of Rag and Bone:

“Fashion matters because the last time I looked nobody was walking around naked. The clothes you wear are a personal expression of a part of who you are.”

Can I get an Amen? 

– Rebecca Elliot

Toast of the town.

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

Contrary to popular belief, summer is a time for leather. Not the icy black or gray or white variety that ensconces us during winter, but the warm, broken-in caramel of basic brown. Found on the beaded belts that snake through the loops of cut-off denim shorts; on braided huarache sandals that camouflage the chips of your two-week old pedicure, and on leather cords that suspend shells, bones, horns, antlers, and other natural ephemera acquired on camping trips, hikes, and coastal ventures. The hue can also be found on the new Castor & Pollux wallet that arrived in the store today, in the beautiful, rich, long-awaited shade that falls somewhere between walnut and coffee with just the right amount of milk in it.

We don’t have any photos yet, but we created a mood board of sorts. Enjoy.

5 PM on a spring afternoon

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

I will never cease to reap the joy of daylight savings. You’d think after 27 years of being exposed to the elements and the passage of time, one would become accustomed to the extended sunny hours of the spring and summer months, but no. You can find me standing on West 10th Street, transfixed, basking in the sunlight like someone new to Earth.

The store looks beautiful right now, illuminated by the afternoon glow and the keen motor skills of our wonder-merchandiser, Becky. I feel compelled to share. (Excuse the less-than-stellar photos!)

The bell jar houses mysterious scents from Coqui-Coqui.

The Easter tree! The Tucker butterfly-print dress!

Gabriela Artigas Swarovski-crystal necklaces look best when exorbitantly piled.

The turban’d horse.

Get thee to a funnery!

Oxalis, the wonder plant.

Hyacinths and tulips courtesy of our neighbor, Madame Matovu.


Thursday, August 12th, 2010

It’s always so nice to hear that others like what you are doing – I guess it appeals to the kindergarten side of me. Anyways, I just saw this post today and since we just posted them yesterday it was very gratifying to happen upon this writeup. I personally love these – there will be more to come as I’m quite the magpie when it comes to collecting fabrics and we’ll be adding them as we have them made up. In the interim, you might want to add these to your Fall decorating scheme. Get cozy and enjoy the upcoming weather!


Saturday, May 29th, 2010

Happy Memorial Day Weekend. We opened for a few hours but the lure of lobster rolls grew too strong–we will re-open on Tuesday.

Here is the cutest summer look so far today: Marais shoes with a Tucker top. Not everything in the store is online so maybe we’ll see you lunch hour on Tuesday! Better yet, we’ll be here until 9pm on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Come on by to try some clothes on and if you’re lucky you’ll find an open bottle of Rosé!

Thanks Robin for being such a great model… Enjoy the clothes!


Friday, April 16th, 2010

You almost need shades to look at these beauties!

And someone needs to go on a picnic with these.

Both are in the store now and going fast – they will be on the website in the next couple days.

Have a great weekend!


Sunday, February 21st, 2010

For your Sunday reading…Reece Hudson bag!

ARCHIVE: Accessories