So Long, Milan

Our last day started out with a visit to a fashion library in Milan. The library is home to fashion books and magazines from the late 1800s to today. They had everything from Vogue to Modern Bride, and we had a lot of time to look at whatever we wanted. It was really cool to…

Back to the Fashion Capital

This morning, we left on a walking tour of Milan’s fashion district. The streets were lined with designer stores like Gucci, Versace, Dior, Cartier, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Armani, and many more. The area is extremely high-end and represented what I think of when I hear “fashion capital of the world.” Hopefully I…

3 Site Visits, 1 Day

We woke up early this morning for a busy day. Our first stop was a logistics company called Dotlog. They have 54 warehouses across Italy and supply customers with different brands of fashion, electronics, and even food. They place a heavy focus on e-commerce within their company. They emphasize scheduling/planning, inventory management, tracking, delivery, customer…

Last Day in Verona

We had a free morning today to do whatever we wanted in Verona. I decided to go shopping on a main street that has a lot of stores. We stopped in some shops that were sadly far too expensive but had very cute clothes and shoes. Luckily, there were more affordable options too; I picked…

A VEry NICE Day Trip

This morning, we left Verona on a train to Venice. When we arrived, we took a water taxi to ports where we could get onto gondolas. The water taxi ride was actually really cool because it was super comfortable and had nice windows that we could see the beautiful canals and buildings. The gondola ride…

We’re Loving the City of Love

Today, we took a bus from Florence to Verona. We stopped at an enormous rest stop along the way that had so many options for food. For some reason, I was really craving American food, so I opted for Burger King and was not disappointed. When we got to Verona, we checked into our 4-star…

I Want to Buy or Eat Everything Here

We started the day off by visiting the Galleria dell’Accademia. This museum is home to the famous Statue of David by Michelangelo. Seeing the statue up close was very impressive; it is much larger than I thought. The museum houses many other historical statues, and we got to learn about them on an informative guided tour….

I Can’t Afford Any of This

Today, we went on a site visit to the Scuola del Cuoio, a Florentine leather school. When we first got there, we watched a worker use a special technique to decorate leather with intricate gold leaf patterns. We also learned a lot about the different leather they work with. Each animal leather has different characteristics affecting…

StARTing off in Florence

We woke up bright and early this morning to pack up our things and head to Florence. The bus was luckily very comfortable and the ride didn’t seem too long. We stopped at a rest stop for lunch that had better food than many restaurants in America. When we got to Florence, we checked into…

Day Trip to Como

This morning, we departed Milan to spend the day at Lake Como. We first stopped at a silk manufacturer called Mantero Seta Spa. We were lucky enough to see an archive of previous patterns and fabrics that Mantero supplied to countless designers including big names like Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Chanel. I could’ve spent the…

Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Today, we took a trip to the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. We got to learn about many different programs offered through the ISA and even had a guest lecturer teach us about supply chain in the fashion industry of Italy. We learned a lot about business models and also sustainability in supply chains….

Un tour di Milano

The day started off with a session where we learned some basics of the Italian language. I found it very interesting because I noticed some similarities between Italian and French, which I studied for 5 years in grade school. I feel much more prepared to order at restaurants, ask for directions, and really communicate in…

Next Stop: Milan

My name is Claire Staines, and I am a rising sophomore in Pitt Business. I intend to double major in supply chain management and business information systems, minor in statistics, and receive a certificate in business analytics. I am currently involved in Women in Business, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, and Fashion Business Association, which…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2018!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Dr. Karen Bursic and Dr. Renee Clark are traveling to Milan, Italy with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 5 – May 19. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory, Sartorial Cavour…