The True Fashion Experience

On our last Thursday as a group in Italy we had three sight visits planned. The first was to a small scale, commodity distributor by the name of Grupo Sinergia. They handle all their clients and their clients’ products with great care and dedication. Their diligence has allowed them to not lose a single client…

Veronese Sunsets

Today we visited the Fashion Consortium of Verona. The consortium is a group of locally based businesses in the areas surrounding Verona that work to cooperate and help each other gain internationally recognition while also remaining in healthy competition. Over 40 fashion related companies are active members, but over 400 firms are ultimately involved. They…

Venice is V Nice

Tuesday we spent at a day trip to Venice. It’s hard to even begin to explain this city’s beauty. Built on a series of small islands in the center of a lagoon, Venice is completely manmade. After taking an hour and a half train ride from Verona we arrived at the coast. We stepped out…

A Monday Outside Milan

Monday morning we spent at a slew of different sight visits. Our first of the day was a visit to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Located just outside the historical city center, the school’s primary focus is giving students master degrees in fashion and interior design. We received a lecture about the school’s…

A Sunday in a Movie Scene

Today we arrived in Verona and all I can say is “wow”. This city is truly something else. This morning we boarded a coach bus and drove the two hours during which every soul on the bus was asleep. Upon arriving though, everyone perked right up. The architecture of the city is absolutely incredible and…

Milanese Saturdaze

We started our Saturday with an 11:00am tour of 10 Corso Como. One of the most important stores in the entirety of Milan, 10 Corso Como is a concept store designed to be enjoyed like a magazine. Within there is a hotel, bookstore, upscale boutique, restaurant and café. The entire space is incredibly chic and…

Lineappelle, Leather, and Libraries

We started our first Friday with a visit to Lineappelle Leather. We learned about the complexities of the this branch of the industry and also Lineappelle’s influence in this particular industry across the world. They host leather showcases in major cities across the world, including Milan and New York. Our guide showed us at least…

Armani and Starbucks

Today we began our morning at the Starbucks Milan Roastery. Previously a stock exchange and later a post office, the roastery sits in a huge building dedicated solely to perfecting the coffee experience. This location was the first of its kind in all of Italy and today our tour guides gave us some insight into…

Milan Day 4: Cloudy Como

Today we travelled to Lake Como to enjoy a day on the lake; unfortunately the weather was not in our favor withrain forecasted ALL day. We began at the Mantero Silk Factory. This facility was established in 1904 and serves most of the major luxury brands around the world. Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Armani, and Diane…

Day 3: Leonardo, University, Fashion

Our third day in Milan began with an early start, 8:15. We departed our hotel after breakfast to see a local university, Catholic University of the Sacred Heart (Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore). We listened to a lecture from a wonderful professor by the name of Romana Rinaldi. She is an expert in fashion across…

Milan Memories: Day 2

Ciao day 2! Today’s adventure began with breakfast at our hotel followed by a three hour Italian language lesson in the workshopping space located in the basement of Hotel Sempione. We spent the morning learning about the different letter combinations to create certain sounds, words that are most often mispronounced due to influence from the…

Milan Memories: Day 1

Good morning Milano! Our two week journey began this morning with an overnight flight from Newark New Jersey to Milan. With an abundance of movies on board the flight, there was a lot of options to occupy our time, but unfortunately sleep only came to a select few. Upon our landing it was obvious the…

Ciao Milan!

Hi everyone! My name is Paige Bobka and I am a current freshman in the school of Business Administration here at the University of Pittsburgh. Being in the business school has allowed me the flexibility to explore a variety of different academic disciplines and helped me shape what I want to study. I am hoping…

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,…