Originally Posted by unbelragazzo
Normally I am suspicious of beautiful women who try to sell me things. Mina Adamo is one of the few exceptions I make. I first learned about Mina, Dino, and Napolisumisura on SF, as many of you have. After looking at photos and hearing about the experiences of others, I decided to make an appointment and meet them in New York.
This was the first of a number of meetings, the most recent of which at their showroom in Naples. The showroom is in Chiaia, mere steps away from Marinella. I arrived on foot just as Dino was getting off his scooter to greet me. Jackets in various states of construction hang along the walls. The familiar books of Minnis and Ariston fabrics are stacked behind a counter.
Visiting them in Naples allows for a more relaxed meeting. When they travel, they see many clients every day for days in a row. I've never felt rushed in any of our appointments, but at the same time I know that there are many others they need to see. Without anyone waiting, we can take our time with fittings and fabric selections. Even more satisfying, the extra time allows for some time strolling around Naples. These are sure to result in introductions to other denizens of Naples, as Mina and Dino are well known around the city.
I picked up two gorgeous jackets, one peak lapel blue velvet, another linen cream DB. Also ready for pickup were two pairs of wonderful spongy flannel trousers. A couple of other things needed minor tweaks and will be in the mail to me soon. Pics to come of all.
For those who know Mina and Dino already, I likely don't need to say anything further. For those who don't, let me sing a verse of praise. First, they are honest, timely, and run the business smoothly. You won't have to search through too many SF threads before you find stories of tailors who are neither. When Mina says she can do something, she does it. If for some reason it's wrong, she'll make it right. They answer e-mail. They remember what you ask for and make it happen. This might seem obvious and easy if you're thinking just about your jacket being prepared for the next fitting in the months that intervene between trips. But once you think about the dozens and dozens and dozens of orders from many clients that have to be produced, brought overseas and then carried across the US, you realize this is a major logistics problem. They manage it expertly. Mina and Dino told me that "every jacket has its own story," which is to say that things are rarely simple and straightforward in the bespoke process. It's not an assembly line.
Instead, each jacket is its own work of art, a collaboration between the bespeaker
, Mina, and her tailor. There's a rare and deep pleasure that comes from working with someone who has a true passion and pride in what she does. Mina's taste in cloth, cut, and styling are impeccable. She can advise you on which styles are standard, which eccentric, which more English, which more Italian, and all the rest. Moreover, she loves to see one of her jackets on a satisfied client. As one of those satisfied clients, it was a great joy to see where Mina and Dino, as well as the great sartorial tradition to which they now contribute, come from. I will enjoy thinking about my time with Mina and Dino every time I wear my NsM clothes, which will surely be often.