Nothing Is As Good As the Real Thing

Today was sadly our last day in Italy, I am going to miss it here so much and I hope I will have the chance to come back someday! For the last day, we had a lot of free time so I finished up some last-minute shopping and ate some great food, which is what…

Let’s Talk Fashion

Today, we had the pleasure of visiting the Armani Silos museum, which was extremely impressive. Seeing all those beautiful clothes and not being able to buy them was slightly painful, but hopefully someday I will be able to afford them.  We also met back up with the students of Universita Cattolica and I spent some…

Putting Your Best Foot Forward

Today, we had the pleasure of speaking with the head of marketing from the Italian shoe company, Velasca. Not only did we speak with her, but we also visited the store and Fiege, a logistics company. These companies partially depend on each other to keep their business going, Velasca needed a company to ship their…

Knitwear and Tailoring

Today, we visited two companies within the consortium, both were also production companies. The first was Sartoria Cavour, a tailoring company and the other was Mario Foroni, a knitwear factory. Both companies were unique in their own way, the tailoring shop because everything was hand crafted and the knitwear factory because they design things for…

Consortium Confusion

Today, when we visited the company Mero & More to talk about the consortium, at first, I was quite confused. I did not quite understand how it worked, even after the presentation and explanation, but I think I now have it figured out. A consortium is a group of businesses that can essentially go to…

Floating Through Venice

Today, while floating through the city of Venice, I began to think about how much I really don’t want to go home! The gondola ride through the canals of Venice was something I’ve always wanted to do, it was extremely beautiful, and it didn’t hurt that we had a cute gondolier. I knew from just…

Roaming In Verona

Today, strolling through Verona on this beautiful day, I learned that it is really a city filled with deep history. I did not realize that there was so much history left in this city from the time of the Romans. Old architecture really holds the true beauty of a city and I am glad that…

Spending My Savings On Leather

Today, I visited one of the coolest places I will probably ever get to go in my life, and it was the Sculoa del Cuoio (Florentine Leather School). We even got to see some of the products being handmade and see the techniques being used.  This company has a very rich and special history. It…

Uffizi Gallery

Today while visiting the Uffizi Gallery, we saw a vast amount of paintings, mostly religious. It is very hard to assess the fashion trends of that time because most of the paintings included people that were naked. This may represent the freedom that they had in the past, there was not as much importance that…

Behind the Scenes of Mantero Seta

Today we visited the company Mantero Seta and I found this site visit very interesting and exciting! It was really cool to be able to see the fabric being printed by the screen printing machine and really see every step of the process. We were super lucky to be able to be able to get…

Leonardo da Vinci: A Triple Threat

As we toured the Leonardo da Vinci museum I was fascinated at the multitude of talents this man possessed. Although all the things he specialized in were tied together, they are still very hard things to be proficient at. Leonardo was a great artist, architect, and engineer, which can all be linked and used all…

Fashion Fun in the Sun

I can confidently say that today the Duomo did not disappoint! This place was everything I expected out of Italy and so much fun. From the beautiful views to the wide selection of stores, it was an awesome representation of all the great things there is to do and see in Italy. Specifically, in Milan,…

Taking It All In

As I stumbled around in a drowsy haze from the airport to Milano and around the beautiful neighborhood, I noticed about an equal amount of similarities and differences, although, this could have been from the lack of sleep I got. Either way, I did not expect this, I figured comparing Milan to the United States…

Italy Here I Come!

Hi everyone! My name is Cassie Smith and I am an accounting and finance major in the College of Business Administration at Pitt! I am from a small town about an hour from Pittsburgh, called Blairsville. My first trip out of the country is rapidly approaching and I am very excited, but nervous for this…

Meet Plus3 Italy 2017!

Welcome to the Italy Plus3 Study Abroad Program! Professors Jack Patzer and Mary Duquin are traveling to Milan, Italy with 20 College of Business Administration and Swanson School of Engineering students from May 6 – May 20. In addition to numerous cultural experiences, the trip will include visits to Como Textile, Milan Textile, MF1-Mario Faroni Knitwear Factory, Sartorial Cavour Tailoring Company,…