Bespoke Dudes glasses review Fabio Attanasio

  
A few weeks ago, Fabio Attanasi of The Bespoke Dudes blog offered to send me some of his glasses to review. I was interested in what he had produced – and it was a good excuse to return to the quality aspects of glasses and acetate.

Rather like ties, there aren’t many aspects to the quality of a pair of glasses. Acetate (the plastic that most frames are made of) can be better or worse quality, but this mostly affects the ability to heat and manipulate those frames to fit, and to a certain extent longevity.

Frames are stamped out of a sheet of acetate by machine, creating a rough shape, and then filed down to create the precise design. This is where most of the handwork is: filing down the plastic, creating nice smooth transitions between the various parts, and then polishing the end result. Polishing usually involves both tumbling with various materials and then buffing with a wheel (rather like a shoemaker’s burnishing wheel).

The last aspect is the hinges, which on cheap glasses will be glued on, but on most will be screwed. Doing this by hand can also be more accurate.
  

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So how do the Dudes’ sunglasses measure up? Pretty well. The frames are nicely rounded, with smooth segues between the frame and hinge area, as well as around the bridge. The hinges are screwed on by hand and the polishing overall is good.

The quality is not on a par with the high-end bespoke makers such as EB Meyrowitz or Maison Bonnet in Paris, but they are also cheaper (€135 to €195).
  

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The problem with glasses is that fit is so crucial to the overall look. Get a frame that is just a couple of millimetres too wide, too tall, or leaves your eyes too off-centre, and the effect is dramatic. You often look like you’re wearing someone else’s specs.

In fact glasses probably have the smallest margin for error of any menswear or men’s accessory. This makes them difficult to buy online, or at least can involve a lot of trial and error. Even when made bespoke, this can go wrong, as I discovered with by commissions from Tom Davies in London.

The Dudes’ glasses come in two widths, but both were too wide for me. They may still work as sunglasses, where the position of the eyes matters less (given they are covered) and only the proportions of the head need to be borne in mind.

That would be nice, because the designs are appealing. As Fabio is happy to admit, they are nothing original. The panto shape is a classic of the 1950s and 1960s, particularly in America, with its rounded rims and keyhole bridge. But Fabio’s colours are nice and the Pleat line includes highly practical clip-ons.

Fabio should also be applauded for supporting a small, traditional manufacture (Mazzucchelli Varese) in line with the makers he writes about, and giving them a digital outlet.
  

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Richard

When buying (corrective) glasses, it’s worth keeping in mind that one will wear them literally all of one’s waking hours for many years. The only other item to which this would conceivably apply is a watch, but the face is obviously more central to the overall appearance than the wrist. So, with glasses, any additional expense for the sake of looks, quality, functionality etc is arguably more justified than with any other item of menswear.

nick inkster

This is fascinating. My sunglasses of choice over the last many years have been Persol 649. They are available in many sizes ( lense/arm length/etc) and, given that one of these fit me perfectly, it is then only a question of choosing frame and lense colour/pattern combinations. To date, I have 7 different pairs.

Tom

How flexible and robust is the bridge on these Simon? I’ve had a pair of Moscot Arthurs which have a very thin bridge (no additional support in the form of a metal insert for example) and they soon simply snapped without any fault of my own (they simply fell apart in my hands one day). Moscot was happy enough to supply a second pair (I had to return the fault ones back to their HQs in US), but since then I’m overly paranoid and take great care in not putting too much stress on the bridge.

I’ll be looking to moving to something better made soon and will definitely give BD a look when shopping around.

Cheers,
T.

Anonymous

It’s also worth looking at the eyeware brand Lindberg whilst not bespoke the component design aspect allows for a bespoke design (frame, lense shape, hinges, bridge design etc.).

Ivan

Somewhat off-topic, but would you have any recommendations of where one would seek help with having their vintage (read very delicate) classes fixed? I have a pair of vintage glasses made with acetate lense frames but metal bridge and hinges. Unfortunately the bridge is ever so slightly misshapen so the lenses aren’t “in line” which makes one lens further from the eye then the other, which in turn makes them impossible to wear – gives me headaches. I love the frame though and would appreciate any advice on getting it fixed.

Edward

Hi Simon,

Thanks very much for this blog! It’s an absolute goldmine

I’ve got a question that I would value your advice on, please. I’m getting married in April and have a pretty modest budget. The bride is wearing ivory, and the bridesmaids are wearing grey and pink. I’d like ideally to wear my best current suit, which is charcoal, single-breasted, with notch lapels. I’ve got a pair of black Crockett & Jones Hallams to wear with it.

How do you think I could accessorise my suit to look as wedding-y as possible? The shirt, tie and pocket square combination are presumably key, but I also wondered if there might be scope to wear something like a waistcoat which tones with the suit… dangerous ground perhaps.

Any advice would be very gratefully received!

Edward

Edward

Lovely, thanks very much Simon! (And Wooster as well). Pure dapper scenery will be my (lengthy) middle name!

Wooster

Wouldn’t a buff coloured waistcoat fit the bill Simon?

Dan

Shoe height for the very tall gent.
Do you have any recommendations for lower heeled shoes, both formal and casual please? I have a preference for Edward Green but at 6’6″ I find I’m simply too tall with an inch heel; in a suit it’s ok but I think (and feel) unbalanced in a simple shirt and trousers. Your help would be much appreciated.

BespokeNYC

Very interesting. Can you provide more details on how exactly glasses should fit? I have to confess I’m not really sure what aspects I should be looking at…

facebook_Tim De Rosen.10153020919771711

Simon-Mazzucchelli are the largest manufacturer of acetate for eyewear in the world but do not make eyewear for Fabio or anyone else. These sunglasses look like they are made in China. Mazzucchelli has factories in Italy and China where they make acetate.

Fabio Attanasio

Dear Tim,

Mazzucchelli is the producer of the acetate that we use for our frames. And, for the record, our glasses are completely made in Italy by one of the best eyewear manufacturers, located in Cadore, Veneto, Italy. Not China…

Anonymous

Simon, what do you think about the glasses Gold & Wood (Luxemburg)? Judging from the video, production process have very good attention to detail and passion to making it from a wood. Very rare production in Luxembourg. Is it high-end maker?

Mick

Hi,

Are Bespoke Dudes sunglasses fitted with polarized lenses?

Regards,
Mick

Stephan

Simon, I was wondering whether you could recommend any remote bespoke eyewear maker? For many people (like me) who live in mid-sized cities, accessing an in-person bespoke eye glass maker is not an option, but local places only have RTM glasses. Thanks!

Stephan

That’s good to know — thank you!