That's great info, if it's true. Be sure to post the address of that shirtmaker in Italy so we can all fly over there and get a pair or two. I'm sure everyone would love to know.
Of course it's true. Yes, I bought MOP collar stays from an Italian shirtmaker. I''ll be sure not
to post the info of this particular artisan and risk everyone hassling him just for this. He's got more important business to take care of than answering queries about the MOP collar stays he hates, and anyway I bought most of his fairly small MOP collar stay inventory, never before having used MOP stays but thinking that if they're good I could give some to a few friends. I was badly disappointed and could have bought another custom shirt with what I paid for the lot of MOP stays. You may get the same stays at wholesale from the same manufacturer but use MOP collar stays as a selling point for the shirts since most shirt vendors that actually sell them for even more and as an "aftermarket" option, hence your need to sell them for more than double, almost triple, of $7. This is similar to when I wrote that I had custom ties made. "Carlo" wrote that I got a great deal on labor but that the silks I got were likely pretty good but probably not on the level of the stuff you claim have your ties made of. As he said, I did not pay $400 pattern fees to have my silk designs woven. You probably buy enough silk that the $400 per design makes almost no difference in per-meter price. But the $400 design fee and accompanying design have really no difference in quality, just appearance. I was able to find absolute-top-quality silks including (by definition) densely-woven mogadors from the seasonal collections of some fairly prominent silk weavers including Fermo Fossati.