Istanbul is a unique blend of Roman and Ottoman histories. An east meets west cultural diversity blends with an ever present religious divide to create the city of opportunities - a place where colour and patterns stimulate the senses and inspire the imagination.
The palette used in the Castor Pollux Spring and Summer 2014 collection samples earthy khaki browns and sand to reflect these diversities, while the aquatic blue is reminiscent of the river Bosphorus that divides the Asian city from its European counterpart.
The spring/summer 2014 collection frequently uses midnight blue and dark fuchsia - colours that are borrowed from the Istanbul skyline at dawn. The luxurious trim materials and fabrics are produced by the most respected and well known fabric mills in Italy. The classic patterns and small, sublime details pay homage to the Roman heritages that are the main Castor Pollux influences.
This season is trimmed with the typical Turkish patterns of paisleys and flowers originally used by the Ottomans, modernised into contemporary detailing that is reminiscent of a 1970's avant‑gardist. The overall look is one of timelessness - all classical tailoring and 1920's eccentricity and sophistication.
Mythology has it that Templum Castorum or The Temple of Castor and Pollux was built to glorify the Roman victory at the Battle of Lake Regillus. Legend has it that the twins of Gemini appeared in human form and led the Roman army into battle - a battle that without their leadership they were doomed to defeat.
For centuries thereafter the Temple of Castor and Pollux served as a meeting place for the Roman Senate, as the custodian of official weights and measurements, and as the keeper of the state treasury.
Today, our version of Templum Castorum or The Temple of Castor and Pollux retains the custodianship of high quality standards and valuable treasures. Not only does the Temple offer products and services for people who demand and appreciate quality and fine details, it most importantly serves as the meeting place for connoisseurs, dandys and stylish eccentric individualists.