Lineapelle and a Farewell to Milan

On the final day in Italy, we visited Lineapelle, a leather company and said farewell to the city of Milan. Lineapelle is known for having large exhibitions every few months in Milan, New York, and London, with the next one being in July. During the site visit, we were mainly shown the leathers they use…

The Italian Perspective of the Fashion Supply Chain and More

On the 12th day in Italy, we were given a lecture by professor at the Catholica University, we said goodbye to the Catholics students, and then we toured the Armani Silos museum. At the beginning of the day, our professor from Italy focused on discussing fashion business models. We went through the supply chain, business…

Velasca and an Amazing Day in Milan

On the 11th day in Italy, we explored Milan more and were given a presentation by Velasca, a shoe company based in Milan. The presentation started with an employee coming to a nearby hotel and giving us a presentation, then we continued on to tour their Fiege logistics center slightly outside Milan, and then we…

Santoria Cavour Tailoring and an Afternoon with Mario Faroni

On the 10th day in Italy, we visited the Sartoria Cavour tailoring company, and the Mario Faroni Knitwear company on the way back from Verona to Milan. Both of these companies are part of the consortium mentioned yesterday, so they occasionally can work together. Even as part of the consortium, the two companies have completely…

Mero and More Fashion Exploration

On our 9th day in Italy, we spend the entire day walking around Verona and seeing Mero and More, a member of Consorzio Della Moda, a fashion consortium in Verona. The consortium is similar to many consulting companies as it is a group of companies that has a small employee base that goes and helps fashion…

Impacts of the Unique Geographical Setting of Venice

On the 8th day in Italy, we took a day trip to Venice, via the high speed Italian train system. We started out the day with a walking tour that covered a lot of the city and then continued on to tour the canals in our very own gondola. Venice clearly has a very unique…

Exploring Verona vs. Exploring Milan

On the seventh day in Italy, we traveled from Florence to Verona. After we arrived in Verona, we took a walking tour of the main area of the city, and learned about the history around it. While walking around, I started comparing this small charming city to the bustling business capital of Milan. I was noticed…

Scoula del Cuoio and The Fashion Supply Chain

On the 6th day in Italy, we began the day by touring the Scoula del Cuoio (a Florentine leather school), and then proceeded to tour Pitti Palace. Scoula del Cuoio is the company that my group presented on before the trip so I was especially excited for this visit. Scoula del Cuoio is the top…

Cultural Differences in the Uffizi Gallery

On our fifth day in Italy, we began the day by traveling to Florence via a private coach, and then walked around the city of Florence and toured the famous Uffizi Gallery. We also got to see many large churches and buildings, but the highlight of the day still remained the Uffizi Gallery. Florence is…

Discovering Da Vinci’s Legacy and the Italian Lifestyle

On our third day in Milan, we began the day by visiting the National Museum of Science and Technology. We saw many different cool exhibits including boats, trains, and planes ann designed by Italians, however one thing that stood out to me was the amount of exhibits designed by Leonardo Da Vinci. I have known…

Exploring the Leather Scene in Milan

On the second day in Milan, we decided to jump right into what Milan is most well-known for… shopping. We took the metro to a major shopping district, the Galleria, as well as smaller leather shops. These Galleria companies and smaller shops both compare to each other as completely different parts of the supply chain,…

A fun filled day to start the trip

Well I have finally arrived in Milan after four long months of waiting. However, when landing in Milan after the long flight from Newark, I started to feel a sense of nostalgia. I remembered the approach and the airport from my previous trip to Milan, when I was only four years old. This was just…

En Route to Milan

Hello Everybody! I am Rahul Bidanda, an Industrial Engineering student at the University of Pittsburgh just recovering from my Freshman year of Engineering. Thanks to the Plus3 program, I am about to embark on an unforgettable journey to Italy with a mission to learn about modern day fashion supply chains. I will be traveling in a…

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,…