Arrivederci!

What a busy day! Today we visited three companies on our way back to Milan. All three are smaller companies that are based entirely in the local region and are part of the Consorzio della Moda we visited yesterday. After checking out of our hotel, we took a bus to one of Gruppo Sinergia’s four…

A Conversation with a Consortium

Today was a short day and a nice rest between busy days. We visited the Consorzio Della Moda (Fashion consortium) and learned about their origins and purpose as an institution. Once the original entrepreneurs of small family businesses started retiring and their family heirs took over without much managerial training at the same time that…

Una Buona Giornata A Venezia!

What a great day in Venice! This morning, we took a fast and speedy train to Venice. Once there, we got on a taxi, except not a regular taxi. Since Venice is pretty much a city of small islands, there are very narrow roads and many canals. Instead of making room for wide streets and…

A New School and A Fashion Guild

Today, like the first day in Milan, we visited a facility for higher education. This time, we visited the New Academy of Design, a private institution dedicated to providing specialized and holistic education in design. The school offers three main degrees: architectural, visual, and fashion design. Like Pitt’s engineering school, the design school provides many…

A Historical City

Benvenuto a Verona! After a long bus ride to our next hotel, we began a historical walking tour of Verona. At first glance, you can already see stark differences with Milan. Where Milan is modern and paved, most of Verona is historic and cobblestone. This city is also significantly smaller than Milan, and is full…

Corso Como and the Crazy Young Fashion District

Today was a much shorter day than yesterday. After a later start to the day, we walked to 10 Corso Como. We had already gotten a chance to peak in during our walking tour of Milan, but this time we discussed some of its background before having some time to explore the entire store. 10…

A Busy, Beautiful Day

Today began with a visit to Lineapelle, which is a sort of showroom and sharing experience for the Unic association of Italian tanneries. It allows for tanneries to display their products, share process developments, and ensure they are meeting the standards set by fellow tanneries and companies that work with leather products. The tanneries that…

Armani, Brera, & Coffee

On our way to the first ever Starbucks in Italy, I took the time to learn how to count to one thousand in Italian. Nolan was very patient, but by the time we stepped off the metro, I had it down pat (thanks Nolan!). Once in the Starbucks, which curiously had an unfamiliar logo, I…

Benvenuto a Como!

Today began with a quiet bus ride to Como, where we planned to take a tour of Mantero Seta. There we learned about and observed the two different printing techniques that this textile manufacturing company uses when making high end, made to order fabrics: silk screening and machine printing. Before we got to the rooms…

Milan Day #3

Before I went on this trip, I was a little worried that I let my desire to go to Italy trump the fact that “Fashion and Supply Chain Management” has nothing to do with my major. However, today, I was completely proved wrong. After another lovely breakfast at the hotel, we left for Universita Cattolica…

Learning from the Locals

Once again, my day began with a brioche and a caffe, this times cappuccino and a croissant filled with cioccolato (chocolate). However, today instead of Italian class, we traveled over to the Universita Cattolica via metro to attend a lecture on supply chain management. Admittedly, although I was excited to visit the university, my interest…

Let the Adventure Begin!

What a trip! I began the long journey to Milan nice and early at 4 am Friday morning. After a short 1 hour drive to the bus station and a 6 hour bus ride to Pittsburgh, I was surprised at how happy I was to be back at school! In my week home post-exams with…

Pronta per Italia!

Ciao! My name is Lia Franco. I am the eldest of my parent’s three daughters and part of an enormous, close extended family from Spain and Portugal. I am currently studying bioengineering on the cellular track and plan to minor in chemical engineering and chemistry. At Pitt, I am a volunteer for Breakthrough Pittsburgh and…

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,…