Gruppo Sinergia, Sartoria Cavour, and MF1: Day 12

Ciao for the last time as this is the last blog post of the trip. Our last day started with an early morning as usual, but the last one of that too. I am honestly extremely sad this trip is coming to an end so soon, as I have made friends and had experiences I…

Made in Italy: Day 11

Ciao again! Today is our last day in Venice and we mainly had a free day besides our visit to the Fashion Consortium. The Consorzio Della Moda is an Italian only, private organization of around 48 smaller scale fashion industry members. Although the Consortium itself may seem insignificant compared to large scale companies, these companies…

Gondolas, Basilicas, and Bad Weather: Day 10

Ciao! Today we traveled to Venice and had a one of a kind cultural experience. Getting off the train in Venice, I experienced two feelings. One of complete awe due to the insanely picturesque landscape and blue waters, and the other was doubt in my confidence to wear shorts in the freezing cold (not to…

NAD//Mero & More: Day 9

Day 2 in Verona and we are already keeping extremely busy! Today was full of a lot of activity starting off in a design school for architecture, visual, and fashion design. It was surprising to hear that there was no specific “major” or degree for fashion in Italy (or at least at this school from…

Hello Verona! : Day 8

Finally, we arrived in the beautiful city of Verona today after a short bus ride from Milan. Verona was very unexpected because it was extremely different from a more modern Milan, but exactly how I expected all of Italy to be. The cobblestone streets, the colorful buildings with balconies, stone and marble landmarks, and enough…

10 Corso Como & Milan Fashion District: Day 7

For the last day in Milan until Verona, we spent it further immersing ourselves in Italian fashion culture. We started off by taking a walking tour of Milan and a high-end innovative retail store leading to the iconic Fashion District. This store was nothing like anything I had ever seen before in the United States,…

Lineapple, Fashion Library, & Velasco: Day 6

Today was a very busy day. We went to the Lineapple Leather Company, the Milan Fashion Library, and had a company visit from Velasco. Lineapple was a very unique company to see as they spoke mostly about types of leather and their sustainability rather than the actual functions of their company and business model. It…

Starbucks & Armani Silos: Day 5

Our day began today with a company visit to the first Starbucks ever built in Milan. However, since coffee in Italy is so highly valued in Italy this American brand has altered their business model to reach their more sensitive and traditional coffee market. This Starbucks does not sell all the sugary altered drinks like…

Como & Company Visit #1: Day 4

Apart from the rain and cold temperature, today was a surprisingly very good day. We went to our first company visit at Mantero Seta, a textile production company, and later visited the city of Como. Arriving at Mantero, I was automatically intrigued by the work they do in the company. It felt unreal being able…

Università Cattolica e Da Vinci: Day 3

Today was another very long day to say the least. Long, but probably the most informative so far. Fashion is a form of speech in Italy and all across the world. While visiting the Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore we were able to gain a more “school standard” educational description of the fashion industry in…

Giorno da Turista: Day 2

Excitement was my first emotion of the day as I woke up. After finally getting some rest, today was full of activity from the moment I woke up. I experienced my first continental Italian breakfast which was very different compared to American hotel breakfasts. Multiple types of bread and traditional Italian cold cuts were also…

L’Arrivo: Day 1

            After a very long exhausting day of traveling, we finally made it to Milan! Although I’m currently writing this on the combined total of 10 hours of sleep I have gotten over the past three days I will try and remember everything that has happened thus far…             Although we have not gotten to…

Buon Viaggio with Bianca

Hi everyone! My name is Bianca and I am currently a freshman in the College of Business Administration. I am undecided in regards to my major, but am in the process of obtaining an Economics minor with Certificates in Global Business and Leadership and Ethics. Outside of academics, I am a member of the Fashion…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2019!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Dr. Karen Bursic and Frank Bursic are traveling to Milan, Italy with 24 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 4th-May 18th. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, this trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory,…