Arrivederci, Milano

Today was our last day of the Plus3 program. This trip was truly amazing and I’m sad for it to be over. We headed to the Milan Fashion Library, which has multiple rooms filled with books and magazines that fashion designers can go to for inspiration at any time. It was really fascinating to look…

So Fancy!

Today was definitely more laid back than yesterday. We went on a fashion tour around Milan, and every store I saw was expensive! It’s really weird for me to see how regularly Italians buy designer brand clothes, especially when I’m used to shopping in cheap stores like Forever 21. We stopped inside the department store…

Tailoring, Knitwear, Logistics, Oh My!

This morning I was awakened by a wake up call from the hotel, but I wasn’t expecting it so I was too afraid to answer. I did get up though, and I went to have breakfast in the hotel. After breakfast, we went straight to the Verona Fashion Consortium Logistics Center. We learned about the…

Shop til we Drop

We didn’t have any activities planned until 3:00 today, so we had the whole morning to explore! I started my day with a nice breakfast at the hotel, the fruit was especially delicious. Then, we spent the whole morning shopping! We went into quite a few stores, looking at make up, clothes, swim suits, and…

Venezia

Today, we woke up and got ready for our day trip to Venice! We boarded a train that took us from Verona, only making a few stops on the way. When we got off the train, we immediately walked to a water taxi that took us toward the center of the town. Then, we had…

Hello Verona!

Today we left Florence and headed over to Verona. It was another long bus ride, but it seemed to go by quickly since I slept most of the way. Once we got to Verona, we checked into the hotel then got ready to go on a walking tour. This was definitely the best tour we’ve…

Goodbye Florence:(

I slept in until noon today, which was much needed. We met in the lobby, then walked to the Academia where we saw the real Statue of David! It was really interesting to see it in person, because I never realized how big it really was. Also, there were so many details that I never…

Galileo Figaro Magnifico

This morning I had yet another croissant and cappuccino for breakfast. As soon as I was finished we began our walk to the Florentine Leather School. While we were there, we watched an artisan, Francesco, stamp gold designs onto a leather coaster. Each coaster he makes is individual and unique, and he chooses the stamps…

A Change in Scenery

This morning, we got up bright and early to begin our trip to Florence. It was a long ride, but I slept most of the way so it wasn’t too bad. Once we arrived, we checked into the hotel then made our way over to the Uffizi Gallery. On the way there, we passed the…

Lago di Como

Today was the best day yet! We woke up a little earlier than usual to travel to Como for the day. Once we got there, we visited the Mantero Seta Spa and were given a tour of their facility. It was really amazing to see their archives of silk designs and patterns! We saw so…

Living and Learning

This morning started with a nice croissant and a cappuccino. We took the underground metro to Universita Cattolica where we had a lecture on Fashion Supply Chain. We learned about different fashion business models, and the difference between luxury brands, designer brands, premium brands, and retailers. We also discussed different ways to be sustainable within…

Exploring Milan

We landed in Milan yesterday, but today was our first full day and it was packed full with new experiences. We began with a crash course in Italian, learning a variety of words, phrases, and pronunciations that will be useful to us during our trip. We learned hello and goodbye (both of which are ciao),…

Ready for Italy!

Ciao! My name is Emily Wagner and I am now a sophomore at the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. I plan on majoring in Accounting, but I am currently undeclared. At Pitt, I am an active member of Best Buddies and Pittsburgh Attacks Cancer Together (PACT). I am from the South Hills of…

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…