image of Ponte Degli Alpini in Bassano Del Grappa

Our History Our Soul

Knowing the history of a Company means knowing its soul, what is behind every accessory,   which is why we are so keen to tell it, here at Paolo Da Ponte.

Our company was founded in 1923 with the “ABIBI” brand, in the beautiful and magical city   of Bassano Del Grappa, at the foot of Monte Grappa, bathed by the Brenta river and known   for the Ponte Vecchio, also called “Ponte degli Alpini”.

 It all began when Mrs. Maria, mother of Aldo and Alfredo Baggio, who after the death of her   husband, decided to roll up her sleeves to be able to support the family by exploiting her skill   as a seamstress. 

She then begins to sew her first ties and instructs her eldest son Aldo to sell them. 

Aldo travels by train with his suitcase full of ties and hope.

Initially he sells in Friuli, business were good and therefore he needs to open a real workshop   which is inaugurated in Via Beata Giovanna, a well-known street in Bassano. 

At this point he also involves his brother Alfredo, initially hired in production but who later   becomes his partner.

The two brothers began this adventure together and they expanded production including also   belts. Unfortunately, Aldo died shortly after, followed by Alfredo a few years later.

Everything therefore passes into the hands of Alfredo's son, Alessandro Baggio, who in 1971,   thanks to the particularly positive performance of the Company, builds a factory that can   satisfy the new production needs (located in Via Cellini in Bassano), also bringing his brother   Paolo with him who becomes his partner.

A new beginning, a new name: it was decided in that year to change the name, from "ABIBI"

 to "Paolo Da Ponte". A fusion between the name of one of the two partners and the surname 

 of the famous Bassano painter Jacopo Da Ponte, an exponent of Venetian painting who lived   in the 1500s.

In the meantime, generations follow generations and also Michele, Alessandro's son, and   Andrea, Paolo's son, join the company as partners. 

This set-up works until 2000, when the partners decide to divide the company in two:   Alessandro and Michele will have the Italian market, the other two partners the foreign   market.

Currently, the only existing headquarters of Paolo Da Ponte is the one of Via Mattarella in   Bassano Del Grappa with majority partner Michele Baggio who in 2019 bought the brand

 also for abroad, making it return to its original form again.

The production of accessories over the years has further expanded and renewed, now the   collection also boasts the presence of shoes, gilets, cufflinks, leather gloves, wallets 

 and the great novelty introduced in 2021 represented by hand-painted belts and bow ties


The style has changed, while maintaining that timeless refinement and elegance characteristic of the brand: a skilful blend of tradition and innovation that still pushes our customers to choose us among many. 

Despite the trend of recent times to move production to foreign countries, Paolo Da Ponte   remains faithful to the Italian spirit, both from the point of view of manufacturing and raw materials origin.

This is our history, this is the soul of our accessories, this is the tradition of a family that from generation to generation has handed down those ancient and wise gestures that characterize the quality and uniqueness of our products.

Buying a Paolo Da Ponte accessory means buying a piece of men's fashion history that is now about to turn 

one hundred years old... 2023 is coming!