This Is Sparta - The Kalypso
The tale of Kalypso, the nymph-goddess of the Ogygia island, is one of deception, detainment and desperation.
Within this passage of Greek mythology lies the inspiration behind the Kalypso glove, one of the more daring designs of the Sparta GK collection.
Kalypso was the sole inhabitant of the island of Ogygia following exile from Olympia and was all too grateful for company when the legendry King, Odysseus took refuge there after the fall of Troy.
Her alluring singing voice was enough to enchant Odysseus for a short while (yes, another Greek myth which involves infidelity!), but that soon turned sour.
Despite his protests, Kalypso imprisoned Odysseus on Ogygia for seven painful years in an attempt to make him her immortal husband, as the King longed to return to his wife, Penelope.
In some passages it is said that Kalypso bore Odysseus a child, however this is subject to debate on whether this was true in the original story.
Seven years into Odysseus fabled island getaway the almighty Zeus intervened and sent Hermes, his messenger to order Kalypso to set the troubled hero free and back to his adoring spouse.
Reluctantly and furiously, Kalypso caved to set Odysseus free and unlike so many of these parabolic tales, ended relatively happily.
Like the glorious tones of Kalypso, the namesake glove features a spellbinding pink and blue design on the Sparta logo, with a lightning flash and arrow which is sure to be a distraction point for oncoming attackers.
Do not let the flamboyant colour patterns fool you. Whilst aesthetically easy on the eye, the bold black base of the glove resembles the unforgiving nature of Kalypso, but dissimilar to the nymph, you won’t be taking any prisoners when you’re sporting these gloves.
There's limited stock of the Sparta Kalypso still available, be sure to grab a piece of history for your armoury before it's too late...