Anyway, the adjustments to your RTW pattern fall within the expected (a tweak here and there to this or that, all the standard adjustments) and encompass pretty much anything I can think of. Want to change the shirt bottom? Fine. Don't like the length? Fine. There is lots of handsewing (almost everywhere, it seems) and lots of shirring if you want it. Plackets, cuffs, collars come in a pretty broad range. The RTW feels soft and easy to wear. There is supposedly extra length of thread - just a centimeter or two - bunched in certain seams that is meant to allow expansion over time as you wear the shirt and the fabric expands.
The fabrics are...remarkable. There is a permanent collection, which consists of all the classic solids, stripes and checks in every color under the rainbow (including some interesting colors that you don't see so often) in cotton and linen. Then there are the seasonal fabrics, which range toward the more WSIMCBD, fun and aggressive, and are the best reason to be there if you are into that sort of thing. There are some pure cottons and linens, as well as cotton/linen blends, that, as it was explained to me, were woven on very old silk looms that haven't be altered and therefore result in a really unique finish. I'm as cynical as they get but I thought that they felt different. And amazing.
There is no trial shirt, which usually sends me running in the other direction, but I'm certain to avoid disaster given my proximity to RTW. If you are awkward or a fatty maybe demand a trial shirt and see what happens. They seem pretty accommodating. I think they tend to prefer a closer fit, but I doubt they force it. There are, as I had hoped, a set of preferences that I would describe as Italian peculiarities, and these are expressed as certainties about the way things MUST be. These peculiarities are both charming and completely wrong. Don't ask for darts. Nod and smile when they suggest double buttons for the collar enclosure. I resolve to accept all these goofy suggestions and make it as "kiton" as possible so this should be fun. Prices are not for the faint of heart but there is no minimum. Anyway I will report when I receive my shirts. Until then, you can carry on as normal.