For menswear devotees around the world, the name Fabio Attanasio will be a familiar one. The man is, after all, one of the industry’s leading luminaries, proving time and again his sartorial prowess by way of his impeccably put together outfits, exhibited on his hugely popular Instagram account (he boasts 243,000 followers and counting). Born in the tailoring heartland of Naples, Attanasio developed a passion for Italian craftsmanship at a young age. He spent his formative years gaining experience in workshops alongside some of the country’s most renowned tailors, whilst simultaneously completing his studies at law school. Ignited by his fervour for menswear, he did what many were doing in 2012 and channelled that energy into a blog, aptly titled The Bespoke Dudes. It quickly garnered a loyal following, becoming a bible of sorts for style-conscious men looking for style advice and inspiration, as well as more in-depth knowledge of the intricacies of menswear: think the differences between regional styles of blazer or the history of the penny loafer.
Three years later, off the back of the success of his blog, Attanasio joined forces with his friend Andrea Viganò to establish The Bespoke Dudes Eyewear, an eyewear label that produces timeless and classic styles with a modern edge, designed to champion traditional Italian craftsmanship and transcend trends. His focus is on quality over quantity, building relationships with small, family-run businesses and supporting small-scale artisanal production. A man of many talents, Attanasio is showing no sign of slowing down anytime soon. No matter his trajectory, he remains steadfast on championing quality and excellence in every aspect of his career, from the content of his blog to the construction of his sunglasses. His personal style, which is hinged upon classic elegance and timeless sophistication, continues to serve as inspiration within menswear circles and beyond - as far as contemporary sartorial icons go, the man is right up there with the crème de la crème. We are honoured, therefore to initiate Attanasio into our Modern Icons list. Here, he shares with us his top picks from TheRake.com: