Kastak story: from 19th century Dandy style to the 21st century VOGUE cover.
If “Kastak” sounds Turkish, it is because it comes from the Ottoman art of jewelry.
In the 19th century, Kastak was the watch’s chain model used to connect the watch itself to a key, ending with a number of gold tassels. Worn by elegant men, who added precious relics to the chain, the Kastak became somewhat a “Swiss Knife” of memory.
Selim Mouzannar converts this patrimonial jewel, a symbol of the successes of all Levantine ancestors, into a moving and emotive necklace, joyfully animated by colourful pendants, of which the winder’s key, adorned with a diamond.
In April VOGUE US, Tabitha Simmons styled the necklace on actor Mike Faist (from the musical «Dear Evan Hansen» on Broadway and upcoming film «Wilding»), alongside model Gigi Hadid.
The perfect illustration of the Kastak Story: a brilliant time travel from Ottoman culture of the 19th century to the runaways of Spring 2017 fashion mood, from the dandy style of the past to the gender-fluid style of today.