Day 13: Ciao Means Goodbye Too

This morning, we went to the Milan Fashion Library.  It is an archive of old lookbooks, magazines, and newspapers since the 19th century.  They came from many different countries from many different years, and it was all part of the private collection of one man.  It is still private, but students and designers are welcome…

Day 12: Expensive Things I Can’t Afford

This morning, we went on a walking fashion tour of Milan.  We walked through the streets with all of the main fashion designers and saw how well crafted their displays were.  Some examples of these stores are Gucci, Versace, Armani, and many more.  Then we went to a large luxury department store called Excelsior, where…

Day 11: Full Day of Fashion

This morning, we left Verona and headed to Grupo Synergia, the logistics center for the Verona Fashion Consortium.  Luca (our ISA guide) commissioned the bus for the Verona soccer team, and as we drove through Verona, everyone cheered for us. When we drove through other parts of Italy… We were met with many middle fingers….

Day 10: Getting “Mero & More” into Fashion

This morning, I woke up and ate breakfast in the hotel. It was a really rainy day, but some of us went shopping on the main strip anyways. We looked in a lot of stores, and I bought some clothes in Zara.  Afterwards, we went to Mero & More, a company that is a part…

Day 9: Venice was “v(e) nice”

This morning we woke up and headed to the train station to board a train to Venice.  The train ride was only an hour and a half long from Verona.  As soon as we got there, we did our gondola ride.  It was so nice to see all of Venice’s narrow waterways and bridges.  Although…

Day 8: Wherefore art thou Romeo?

Today we left Florence and headed to Verona.  Verona is the most picturesque place we’ve been so far, in my opinion.  It is not too crowded and touristy, a lot of shops and restaurants, and has a large river running through it.  I am already sad about leaving in three days! Once we were settled…

Day 7: Good Times and Great “Firenze”

This morning we got to sleep in (shocker!!), so by the time we were awake the hotel had stopped serving breakfast.  There is a McDonald’s next to our hotel so we went there and I had a breakfast sandwich.  The breakfast sandwich had Big Mac sauce on it which was a new, mind-blowing concept to…

Day 6: I’m Still Not Sick of Pizza

This morning, we went to the Florentine Leather School.  We were taught how leather products are made by observing the workers there.  We learned about the prices and various uses of different kinds of leather, and how the leather is cut and then assembled into purses, wallets, belts, and other items.  It’s also a school,…

Day 5: Ciao Firenze!

This morning, we ate breakfast and loaded the bus for Florence.  It was a four hour drive, but we stopped at a “rest stop” for lunch.  The rest stop was completely different from those in the US… They served pasta, fresh fruit, paninis, cured meats, and various other Italian delicacies.  Sure beats Taco Bell and…

Day 4: Come Bella Como é

Today was our day trip to Como! We started the day off with a visit to Mantero Seta Spa (after cappuccinos of course), which is a company that makes silk and various other fabrics.  We got to see the world famous archive of fabrics, as well as the process of creating these fabrics and scarves…

Day 3: Market is Better than Italian Dining Halls

Today began with a subway ride to University Cattolica.  There, we heard a lecture from a professor about the supply chain in the fashion industry.  She told us about how Italy specializes in the designer brands, such as Dolce & Gabbana or Prada, rather than luxury brands and retail.  Alternatively, America specializes in retail brands…

Day 2: More Milan (With More Sleep)

I woke up this morning feeling refreshed, because it was the first time I slept in a bed in two days (Tower A beds don’t count– it was like sleeping on a piece of cardboard with a Kleenex as a blanket).  After having a croissant and some kiwi at the hotel for breakfast, the group…

Day 1: Milan

Is it Even Possible to Sleep on a Plane? Nothing is more natural than sleeping in the upright position with a six year old kicking your seat every ten seconds am I right??? When we arrived in Milan at 8:30 am, it seemed like it was going to be a pretty miserable day due to…

Ciao Italia!

Hi!  My name is Nikki Perry and I am going to be a sophomore for the 2018-2019 school year.  I am a bioengineering major, and I hope to pursue a chemistry and computer science minor.  I am 19 years old, and I come from Greenville, PA.  I have one younger brother named Vijay.  At the…

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…