Just an update since this has been dormant for a while.
I just paid 450 for my shirt - that is with my fabric choice, double cuffs and a spread collar. They start at 350.
Yes, I believe that is true. My wife is from Japan and she searched for Anna in Japanese and came up with tons of posts. Anna's guest book had so many Japanese clients signatures that they nearly outnumbered the Italian and English ones combined.
The shirt was a gift from my wife, so I am happy to accept it, but I am certain that there are shirt makers in the area who do similar work at better prices. Actually the reason I finally decided to join SF was to start a thread about shopping in Italy- Napoli in particular. It can be a very daunting task and I live here! I've been here a year and I am not doing well finding hand made clothes at prices I can swing. The thing is that so many people here will take advantage of you and charge you far more than they do to locals. (Prezzo Americano)
I wanted to participate in the forums for a while before I start my own thread about Naples. Perhaps you would be kind enough to share your knowledge once I post? I'd appreciate it!
I don't own a Charvet, but I know their pedigree and cost are both rich. I unfortunately, am not! The shirt I am getting is a full bespoke shirt and it is at the upper limits of what I can spend, but I am comforted by the knowledge that the Japanese are enamored with Anna's work. If any of you have been to Japan you will know how detail and quality oriented they are.
Oh, Happy New Year!
By the way, the fireworks for New Years just ended. Few places in the world do fireworks like Napoli....insane!