As I said in another thread as a throwaway, my iron is in a bottom drawer not used in many years.
How many years...
it was gradual.
You all know I went to Italy and got knocked about re what I thought about anything, and that was only northern italy, three times, about three months. So, I don't know anything about italy, 'cept reading and watching, and could naturally not even begin to summarize.
The thing I noticed early, probably with help from my italian teacher (Padova, Bologna, long ago Borgia family) was that patina has presence. Better to have an excellent garment for years than crap for a short time (my words, obviously, she would have never said that). Also, I had a clue from the relatively early book, The Italians, by Luigi Barzini.
But I had noticed that myself on the subway in Rome.
I add my roman view about patina to a screenwriter friend's very messy but clean shirts.
And it turns out I am comfortable about wrinkled linen.
I try not to parade it all the time.