Day 9: New Design Academy and More

Day 9 first saw us travel to the New Academy of Design in Verona. Driving to the academy we again got a grand view of the Swiss alps. It seems like the whole time we have traveled around Italy the Alps have continued to follow us, displaying the true grandeur of such an iconic mountain…

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…

Day 4: A Rainy Day in Como

We started off Day 4 with our first official business shadow of the Mantero Silk Factory. Walking through the plant, it was very interesting to see behind the scenes of one of the most established silk plants in the world. In my opinion, Mantero did a great job of displaying the cohesion between the business…

Day 4: Rain or Shine, We Still Have a Good Time

Hey friends! This is our fourth day in Italy, and our first day trip outside of Milan! Today we toured the famous silk company Manterro then took a trip to Lake Como. We must have brought the Pittsburgh curse with us, because it was cold and rainy all day. But that didn’t stop us from…

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 Three in Milan

Today, we continued our lessons in the fashion supply chain. Traveling to University Catholicca, we began our day with a lecture from Francesca Romana Rinaldi, an expert in both supply chain and sustainability within the fashion industry. She explained how efficient, environmentally conscious supply chains help satisfy the three P’s of sustainability, “Planet,” “People,” and…

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…

What to do if your phone gets lost or stolen.

Traveling to a foreign country, I never thought that I would have my phone stolen.  I was very watchful in Florence and Venice.  These were the places where I was most likely to get pick pocketed.  Although this was not enough.  In Milan, as I was sitting on a bench like seat, I had my…

2 Days in One Blog

  On May 17th, we got some time to explore Milan, but also had a company visit in the afternoon.  Although this was not your average company visit. The company came to us to give a presentation on what and how they do things.  Valaska was their name.  They were a startup that works make…

Day Twelve: Milan

Yesterday marked our last day in Milan, and while I was sad to be so close to the end, I was determined to make the last day a good one. The weather was nice- not even a chance of rain- and we had a free afternoon after our morning activity and farewell lunch. Our morning…

Day 13: Ciao Means Goodbye Too

This morning, we went to the Milan Fashion Library.  It is an archive of old lookbooks, magazines, and newspapers since the 19th century.  They came from many different countries from many different years, and it was all part of the private collection of one man.  It is still private, but students and designers are welcome…