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Robb Report Singapore - - The Bespoke Issue - By CHRIS­TIAN BARKER

on’t let the French moniker fool you — be­spoke men’s ac­ces­sories maker Huitcinq1988 is as Ital­ian as they come. Pro­duc­ing just a hand­ful of items each month, the lion’s share of them be­spoke com­mis­sions, the Rome-based ate­lier is a solo work­shop op­er­ated by ar­ti­san Fed­erico De Peppo.

Frus­trated in his ear­lier ef­forts as a cou­turier and de­signer of women’s leather goods by clients’ and re­tail­ers’ ob­ses­sion with big-name brands and an in­abil­ity to find ar­ti­sans will­ing or able to craft items to his ex­act­ing stan­dards, De Peppo fol­lowed the well-worn path of ‘If you want some­thing done right, do it your­self,’ and set about gain­ing the skills to make his own prod­uct.

Piv­ot­ing to a fo­cus on men’s ac­ces­sories – in­clud­ing in­tri­cately crafted wal­lets, card hold­ers, bags, ties, mo­bile phone cases and watch straps – in 2014, Huitcinq1988 was born.

The brand may not pos­sess the bla­tant sta­tus sym­bol­ism or in­stant recog­ni­tion of a ma­jor lux­ury la­bel, but De Peppo says his clients can rest as­sured in the le­git­i­macy

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