Moments in Verona: Day 12

Today was the busiest day we have had on the trip so far with 3 company visits and the bus ride back to Milan filling up all hours of the day, which was a fitting way to end the trip with this being the last of business days. The company visit we had was Gruppo…

Moments in Verona: Day 11

Today was by far the shortest day of the trip to date with a morning company visit that ended before the afternoon even had a chance to begin. The company we visited was Consorzio Della Moda founded in the year 2000 that acts as a organizational tool for small family owned companies to have a…

Moments in Venice: Day 10

Today was our day trip to Venice, a long one at that starting at a train ride around 10 and another at 8 to bring us home. These train rides were yet another opportunity to step back from the hectic travel and simply marvel at the beauty that is Italy. The rolling hills, wine vineyards,…

Moments in Verona: Day 9

Today was the second day in Verona and it was filled with a visit to a college, a company tour, and a visit to a local mall where we got lunch. The college was the first place of the day to be visited; its name is the new academy of Design in Verona and it…

Moments in Verona: Day 8

Today was a great day and probably my favorite of the trip so far. It started with waking up at 9 for a 3-hour bus ride that was very relaxing. In addition to a great nap, it was nice just calmly listening to music and looking out at the Italian countryside, something not typically possible…

Moments in Milan: Day 7

Today was our last day in Milan, closing out the visit of the city in a wonderful way with a tour of the most famous and luxurious concept store in Milan followed by a tour of the Milan Fashion district. The name of the concept store is 10 Corso Como and it is absolutely breathtaking…

Moments in Milan: Day 6

Today was a long day, starting with a tour of the Lineapelle leather collection followed by a visit to the magazine archive for fashion that holds all prior history of fashion and what was popular going back to the 1800’s and finishing with a class lecture on more supply chain information. At Lineapelle, we were…

Moments in Milan: Day 5

So far out of the days we have experience today was my favorite. Starting with an amazing tour of the Starbucks in Milan that is absolutely breathtaking and finishing off with a tour of the Armani archive collect. Although Starbucks is not an Italian company or related to fashion it was a highly interesting visit…

Moments in Milan: Day 4

Today was a highly eventful day with a tour of Mantero Silk company followed by a boat tour of lake Como. Mantero is a textile manufacture of predominantly silk with some polyester that employs over 500 people. They refer to themselves as the “ghost writers of the fashion industry” due to the heavy influence they…

Moments in Milan: Day 3

Today in Milan we visited Catholic University and had our first in Italy lectures about the supply chain system for fashion in the country. We learned the true definition of fashion being a fluid form of speech that includes designers, trends, and all “the invisible behind the visible” being the “pipelines” of textile fairs and…

Moments in Milan: Day 2

Waking up feeling relatively rejuvenated from the prior travel, the day began with a breakfast in the hotel that consisted of cultural classics such as filled croissant, meats, cheeses, fruit, and hard-boiled eggs. For educational activities the day consisted of a crash course in the language and culture and for cultural visits the day had…

Traveling Into Milan

After long anticipation and a grueling school year, the day has finally arrived for the plus3 Italy trip to begin. This initial day was met with mixed emotions from the excitement looming in the future contrasted by the shear exhaustion of all participants from the long days of travel with minimal sleep. From the moment…

Milan with Ben

Ciao! My name is Ben Schneck and I am freshman in the Swanson School of Engineering. My chosen major within SSOE is that of Material Science and Engineering due to my love of chemistry, mathematics, and physics. Outside of school, I take part in clubs such as Panther Fly Fishing, Ski Club, Music Performance Club,…

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,…