RESEARCH DIARY: Stripes in Sicily, Stonework in Istanbul

Palazzo Castelluccio.
RESEARCH DIARY: Stripes in Sicily, Stonework in Istanbul

On a recent trip through Sicily, we found ourselves drawn to the details: a striped footstool at the Palazzo Castelluccio; a gold leaf bouquet spotted inside Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria; tiny Marzipan fruits of I Segreti del Chiostro fame.

Marzipan fruit at I Segreti del Chiostro.
Palazzo Castelluccio.

Likewise, in Istanbul, it was the embroidery of Topkapi Palace that demanded a second glance; the marbled stone of Hagia Sophia that instilled reverence. 

Hagia Sophia.
Topkapi Palace.

To linger on that striped stool, for a moment: stripes are of particular note right now as we celebrate the launch of our brand-new pool towels.

First, Charlotte: a fresh take on the iconic Breton stripe, reimagined in a rich Verona olive – the color of the earliest known textile dye. Verona is a natural pigment, most famously found in Verona, Italy, where the deposit of green earth was mined until World War II.

Chiesa di Santa Caterina d'Alessandria.

Next, Helena: an evocative stripe inspired by 1920s beach umbrellas, complete with navy, tile, and ecru lines. 

And finally, Maria: a celebration of ancient weaving and natural hues, Maria is a subtle reference to traditional carpet making in two rich alternating stripes of cacao and ecru.

Tomb of Hurren Sultan.
Helena and Maria.
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