The Profile: All About Jimmy Kaston who is a quintessential New York man with a legendary trail of opulence.   My dear friend Jimmy hosted the New York Times reporter, MICHAEL TORTORELLO  and it was revealed that Jimmy has an extensive arrowhead collection and 1,001 other artifacts stacked up in a three-room Stuyvesant Town apartment in Manhattan.
Naturally, he works in the antiques business. Perhaps 100 paintings hang, salon-style, on the walls. And he has covered the floor, a parquet that reminded him of “a dentist’s waiting room,” with Oriental carpets that date back to the 1880s.
In Mr. Kaston’s estimation, a crowded home is a comfortable home. “Those minimal places look like prisons to me,” he said. Mr. Kaston’s apartment, by contrast, resembles one giant cabinet of wonders. Yet the real marvel may be its condition. The place is clean. . . .
 . . . And so he has staged vignettes out of his “curiosities,” like a taxidermied turtle and a monkey skull, in 10 different antique cabinets. Yet to show these objects to the best effect, the “glass needs to be a little sparkly and shiny,” he said. And that means more dusting.
    There’s performance side to Jimmy Kaston he is the mastermind behind the off broadway monologue “Jimmy Funny Cry Happy Disco” which resurged to a Manhattan theater due to popular demand!  It’s his musings & monologue about his experiences in the late 1970’s, during the gay disco era in Manhattan. His performance has clever humor, mixed with real life drama, tapped with 70’s music and laugh out load stage antics.
    There is yet another side to James Kaston.  He’s been the long time “go-to design consultant” at Remains Lighting a successful antiques business which touts that the best way to sell antiques is to back them up with impeccable customer service. Remains has a state-of-the-art restoration workshop devoted to antique lighting.  Now, Remains produces new product  – inspired by the silhouettes and styles of memorable ‘one of a kind’ objects – their Permanent Collection proudly keeps the history and knowledge of metal craft alive.
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        James Kaston

        Account Manager Remains Lighting, Monologist +  Artist

        Tell me about a project or accomplishment that you consider significant in your career
        Monologues and working with interior designers at Remains
        What are the rewards from your work

        Re: the monologues- telling the truth and having it be funny

        jimmy performs

            re: Remains- working with really lovely people both inside and outside the company.

                If there were a movie about your life who would play you?
                Phillip Seymour Hoffman 
                    or Bette Davis (we’re cut from the same cloth)
                        Which philanthropic organizations have you been connected to

                        St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital

                        Can you share a motto or mantra

                        ‘Give me a fucking break, will you ….’

                        What book are you currently reading

                        The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins

                            Who is your celebrity crush

                            Nicole Kidman


                                    What is your favorite time of day

                                    4:30 pm

                                    Do you know your heritage


                                    Are you fluent in other languages

                                    No, though I know enough French to get along fine in Paris

                                    Do you follow astrology What is your zodiac sign

                                    I do believe a little bit, I’m a Libra


                                        What would your DJ name be

                                        Jimmy Go Round the Outside

                                        Do you have a favorite number


                                        What is your go to fashion brand

                                        Yohji Yamamoto

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                                            If we were to peek in your closet, what are the dominant colors

                                            black and navy  

                                            What is your present state of mind


                                            It’s 6pm at your favorite bar or restaurant, what drink do you order

                                            tonic water no ice


                                                Do you awake with or without an alarm

                                                with alarm

                                                What is your favorite social media outlet


                                                If you could be a background singer, dancer or musician – which entertainer (living or dead) would you choose as the star

                                                Grace Jones

                                                    What is the last photo you took with your cell phone

                                                    An antique lamp

                                                    One of the best lessons my parents taught me is to

                                                    never consider yourself better or put yourself higher than anyone else, we’re all the same and entitled to respect no matter what.

                                                    What is your favorite work of art

                                                    A painting by Balthus, name unknown though, or else I forgot it


                                                        What is your favorite building in Manhattan

                                                        A building with a Mansard roof, on Broadway and 19th Street
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                                                            Rio Hamilton

                                                            Rio Hamilton is a business development professional with vast marketing and sales experience.He specializes in brand promotion for the luxury interior design and lifestyle industries. Rio works with companies, individuals and groups on concentrated brand identity and elevation. He has a popular website that chronicles "the who's who" at design and fashion events throughout greater New York.

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