TBDE caught our eye through Fabio Attanasio’s eponymous Instagram presence; we knew that a man this committed to menswear would make a fine partner, and we weren’t disappointed. What we really appreciate – and this is the cornerstone of our philosophy – is Fabio’s support of the small craftsman. No need for flashy logos or big names; just unadulterated, uncompromising quality.
Fabio Attanasio’s reputation in the Milanese, sartorially-inclined menswear scene precedes him. As a fervent admirer and executor of Neapolitan tailoring, his classic outfits convey a sense of understated elegance. His popular online menswear blog, The Bespoke Dudes, is a manifestation of everything we hold dear at Bombinate – a focus on quality craftsmanship and stepping out of the mould of mainstream dress.
It should come as no surprise then that Fabio’s latest venture, The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear, is a perfect culmination of the values he believes in. Handmade in Italy, TBDE’s offerings hark back to a time where painstaking craft was front-and-centre in the world of refinement.
Focused on delivering eyewear that satisfies both tailoring and casual looks, TBD’s classically designed frames offer a stylistic versatility, coupled with a number of smaller details that set them apart from the aforementioned eyewear titans. Produced by a small, traditional manufacture, Mazzucchelli Vaere, TBD’s ethos stays true to “supporting the little guy”.
The attention to detail while keeping prices very accessible is one of this brand’s finest traits; frames are stamped out of a sheet of acetate or fashioned from metal, creating a rough shape, and then filed down to create the precise design. This is where most of the handwork is: paring down the plastic, creating fluid transitions between the various parts, and then polishing the end result.
At the end of the day, TBD is a well-rounded, highly considered purveyor of eyewear. With its foundation upon a legacy of Neapolitan tailoring tradition, it brings forward classic designs with modern twists, but all while paying dues to the effort that goes into producing a premium product.