Decided this shop warranted its own thread. Ordered a sky blue grenadine tie on Saturday, and I received it today. Granted it was in-state (and the shop's current packaging isn't the prettiest) the service was surprisingly responsive and they shipped it using overnight service.
Honestly wasn't cheaper than ordering directly from Italy, but I also didn't have to fill a tie order of 5 to comp shipping costs. The icing on the cake is that it got shipped within the country and I didn't have to deal with customs on this.
I'll post some pictures tonight when I get back home.
Regarding the PSA- the shop is running a promotion for purchasing before the storefront is up. There is a post about it on the blog, but the gist was early access to sales. Neat perk- looking forward to seeing what the prices will be during sales.
The second point regarding the PSA- I've been speaking to the shop owner and he mentioned that this is a tentative venture and is using this phase to gauge interest to see if it will be worth the effort. I'm spreading the word so that my club membership perks pan out!
*I was not compensated in any way for this post beyond the fact that I want my early customer perks (which are currently available to all) to be realized.