From Pipes, Artisans and Trademarks, by José Manuel Lopes'
Lubinski Ltd. was founded in 1962 by Wojciech Lubinski, or Polish origin. It is now run by his son, Mario Lubinski.
R.D. Fields has this to say about Mario, in connection with their relationship through Il Ceppo: A word about Mario Lubinski, if I may. I have known Mario for twenty years or so, from the time he was one of a number of small distributors of pipes and smokers' accessories in Italy. Since that time Mario has become the largest such distributor in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Why? A number of reasons, really, but I'll mention just one here - expertise. Many in our small industry are known as experts, but real expertise is very rare indeed. Mario is a true expert regarding everything to do with pipe making, although he would never say so himself. A few of Mario's credits? This man knows briar better than anyone with whom I have ever spoken, having dealt with all the briar sawmills throughout Italy over a period of thirty years. As both a designer and sourcer (one who can find the source) of quality products there is again no one better. Perhaps one would not think that a distributor has a hand in pipe design, but Mario helped design the Original Sherlock Holmes Series of pipes for Peterson, plus the original (closed) Sherlock Holmes pipe rack. I feel sure that those among you who smoke cigars have seen the Romeo & Julieta cigar cases - designed and made by Mario. My reason for writing this? To pay homage to a real expert in an area where many are faux.
LUBINSKI Website: http://www.lubinski.it/ Via Respighi, 24 - 63900 Fermo (FM) Tel. 0734 227981 - Fax 0734 225552 P.IVA 01352030447 - Cod.REA 129969 - cap. soc. € 258.250,00 i.v.