Thought I'd revive this thread. Just ordered a full bespoke shirt this past December (a month ago). Must return to Paris for a fitting. The staff is extremely friendly and the shirtmaker made me feel I was in good hands. I haven't come across a shirtmaker as attentive to detail since Anna Matuozzo.
They are cutting me two separate collars to try on: a typical Italian-style spread, and a "surprise" collar the shirtmaker thinks would be flattering. I have yet to pick fabrics.
On Riva: Poorsood, I don't see how you can judge the robustness of a shirting just by feeling it or washing it a few times. This issue came up a year or two ago when I mentioned that all my Riva shirts began rapidly disintegrating after 15-20 washings. A dozen people crawled out of the woodwork to contest my experience, each of whom owned just a few Riva shirts. In contrast, my entire shirt wardrobe (other than OCBDs) is Riva and I wear mine regularly. There is no getting around it: the stuff is delicate, and hence, very pricey. Both Battistoni and Anna Matuozzo warned me about Riva being fragile. I didn't listen and assumed things would be okay if I was extra careful. I should have listened.