The Endless Leather of Lineapelle, Day 13

For our final business meeting, we visited the leather organization called Lineapelle. Specifically we visited their headquarters which they call the LP Fashion Studio where they keep their catalogues and archives. Lineapelle is famous worldwide for its leather convention, where vendors can showcase their leather products and also where a committee decides the trends for…

Luxury Fashion and Sustainability, Day 12

This morning we once again visited the Cattolica University to hear an academic lecture from a professor named Francesca Romano Rinaldi. Among the things she discussed were business structures for fashion companies luxurious and standard as well as sustainability practices at all levels of the fashion supply chain. What I found most interesting from the…

La Bottega Velasca Brand, Day 11

Our business visit today had many steps to help us understand the organizational structure of Velasca. This company is a direct-to-consumer business that sells completely Italian made shoes. Their inventory consists mostly of leather dress shoes, but they also offer moccasins, boat shoes, and sneakers that they target mainly to older, wealthy men. Our first…

The Network of Knitwear and Tailoring, Day 10

It was a long day for us in Verona because we visited two fashion production companies. The first was an Italian tailoring company called Sartoria Cavour, which makes custom suits for men. With exceptions, many of the suits produced are to the measurements of people who come to their store, so since products are not…

Consorzio della Moda: Strength in Numbers, day 9

This afternoon we took a short busride from Verona to an industrial area outside the city to hear from representatives of the Consorzio della Moda, which translates to Fashion Consortium. This organization is made up of a group of forty-six smaller textile production companies that work together to share resources, education, and business opportunities. The…

Venice: Destined for the Sea, day 8

During what was the most fun day so far, we all journeyed by train to Venice. The most notable difference between Venice and the other Italian cities we visited was its unique geography. Since Venice was constructed on a lagoon, its interconnected waterways forced the Venetians to become competent boaters. As a result, mercantilism became…

Touring Verona and Preservation Issues, Day 7

This afternoon we visited our fourth Italian city, Verona. This city was made famous as the location where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet takes place, but in fact has a history dating back to the Romans. The city is very different in architecture from Milan because the buildings pick architectural style from all different eras, sometimes…

Scuola del Cuoio: Supply Chain and Organization Values, Day 6

To begin our day in Florence, we visited the Scuola del Cuoio, which is Italian for Leather School. Built in the walls of an old Florentine monastery, this business was founded to provide a home and a craft for orphans of the second world war. To this day the Scuola still maintains an organizational culture…

Renaissance Fashion in the Uffizi Gallery, Day 5

Among the other sights of Florence, the Uffizi gallery was the main event of our tour today. We saw many famous paintings and sculptures from Renaissance artists such as Botticelli, Raphael, Leonardo, and Michelangelo. The fashion of people in the Renaissance paintings differs from today in its complexity, colors, and pervasiveness. Many of the upper…

Mantero Seta Spa: Supply Chain and Textile Printing, Day 4

​The Mantero Seta Spa was the first business we visited in Italy. It is located just outside Como about an hour north of Milan, and this company is known for producing fabrics with printed patterns and textures. In the textile supply chain, this company acts as a manufacturer, a transporter, and a retailer depending on…

Modern Innovations by Leonardo, Day 3

This morning we journeyed farther south in the city than we had been yesterday to see the Universita Cattolica and the Museum of Science and Technology. The museum had a large part of it dedicated to the inventions and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, so as an engineer I was fascinated to see what parts…

Handbags of Milan, Day 2

This afternoon, after visiting the Duomo of Milan, we walked a considerable distance to several small shops. These two shops, though they both sold similar products, could not have been more different in their styles. The first was a traditional manufacturer who promoted authentic and high quality handbags built to the customer’s needs. The second…

First Impressions of Milan

Following a long and rocky flight from Newark, I made my first impressions of Italy. Even from riding barely an hour from the airport to the hotel in Milan, I noticed large differences in the physical aspects of Italian culture compared to American culture. First, the architecture is very unique with its clay roofs and…

Looking forward to Milan!

Ciao! My name is Gordon Bryson, and I am a bioengineering student in the Swanson School of Engineering. I have been to Europe several times before, but this will be by first trip to Italy, and I am very excited for the new experiences in store for all of us. Before travelling abroad, the Plus…

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,…