Manhattanites are secretly smirking this week, now that Kerrilynn Pamer has relocated her 4-year-old Brooklyn boutique, Castor & Pollux, to the West Village. Trading in her original Sixth Street digs for a larger space on West 10th was a natural progression for the former interior designer. "It was time for a move," says Kerrilynn, who resides in Brooklyn. "We wanted to expand the size and extend the reach of the brand." Without compromising the intimacy of the original, Kerrilynn drew inspiration from classic department stores when creating the décor: plush wall-to-wall carpeting, vintage display cases from Bergdorf Goodman's fur department, and beige grass cloth walls. "It reminds me of what an old Hollywood dressing room might feel like—luxurious but not overdone."
The same goes for the clothing, a well-edited mix of well- and lesser-known designers, and though the store is twice the size, it actually carries fewer labels, "I wanted to use the bigger space to go deeper into some of the collections," she says. Included are striped and polka dot dresses from 3.1 Phillip Lim and prim jackets from Mint. You'll also find structured pieces from Swedish label Rodebjer and fluid jersey tees and dresses from Lawless, not to mention the less expensive lines of Sonia Rykiel (Sonia) and Chloé (See). Rounding out the selection are Dolce Vita espadrilles, Alek Wek handbags (a downtown exclusive), and Goldenblau's new wood stacked heels. She hasn't left her roots entirely behind either as Pamer stocks harem pants from Brooklyn designer Laura Seymour and jewelry from Paper Fig, another local. With a nod to both tradition and convention, her selection is all about layering piece over piece and season over season. "Castor & Pollux is really an extension of my personality. I carry clothes and items that reflect and fit my own lifestyle," she says.
Castor & Pollux is located at 238 West 10th Street (between Bleecker and Hudson), (212) 645-6572; www.castorandpolluxstore.com.
From Sixth Street to West 10th, a former Brooklyn staple brings its poignant mix of urban wares over the bridge, finding new roots in Manhattan.