About the brand
- Fully Handmade
- Leather Coats
Melina is a family bespoke leather company based in Sarno (about an hour away from Naples). Jolanda Caruso and her mother Carmela, who have specialized themselves in making the perfect-fitting jacket, set up their sartoria with five experienced tailors....read more
Sartoria Melina only uses nubuck leather of young but big calves which come from Poland and New Zealand. Although suede is seven times cheaper, they do not use it, as they long for the best quality, which they find in nubuck. Besides solid leather, Melina uses exotic leather such as crocodile and ostrich leather. The raw material used is a natural product, meaning there can be impairments and differences in colour and thickness. When there are no proper hides available, they will wait until there is, as they are not making any compromises on making the perfect final product.
The most basic bomber jacket consists of at least six hides, and takes two days to make, while a safari jacket uses eight to ten hides – due to the pockets and belts – and will be finished after four days. The entire jacket is hand-sewn, and can therefore be categorized as bespoke rather than made-to-measure. It takes 15 minutes to hand-sew one buttonhole and it takes them four hours to quilt the antecedent of the jacket. Melina offers bemberg, fur or cashmere and for a reversible jacket you also can opt for Loro Piana's Storm System fabric.