Final Taste Of Fashion

Here we have it ladies and gentleman- our final day in Italy. What exactly am I feeling? Well, a lot of mixed emotions but mostly overwhelming disappointment that we leave tomorrow. Instead, I am distracting myself with the stress of packing to avoid the feelings on hand. Avoidance is probably never the best solution but…

Behind the scenes of fashion and luxury

One day before we have to face our last day in Italy. Today, we paid a final visit to Universita Cattolica and met our Italian friends for the last time. We ended the day with a visit to the Armani Museum, ample shopping, and eating pizza for what seems like at least the 10th time….

If the shoe fits

Our first day back in Milan and it feels like we’re back home from a vacation within a vacation. Of all the cities, I feel most home at Milan, a city with ample beauty and fashion with less tourism than the other cities we visited. Speaking of fashion, today, we visited Velasca, a company that…

Journey Back In Fashion

The journey back to Milan was filled with more fashion that the rest of the days of the trip. I was surprised to see an entire company dedicated to tailored men’s suits. It was a bit of a fashion shock not to walk into a company and find something that I would love to buy…

Here to help

Day 9: Our third business visit and boy was there a lot to learn. Today I had the opportunity to visit a company that I would have never imagined: the Consortium. This is a family owned collection of companies whose average revenue is between 5 and 20 million euros. Instead of collaborating with high fashion…

Stripes, Gondolas, Bliss

Venice: a city of pure bliss, flowing canals, gondolas, narrow streets, and overwhelming tourists.  Walking around in platform wedges for twelve hours is probably not the best idea I’ve ever had, however, the breathtaking beauty of this city compensated for the stinging pain. Venice is a city, unlike all others. Instead of roads, canals connect…

Found luck in love

Day 7: Verona exceeded every one of my expectations because, in all honesty, I didn’t know or expect much. The only thing I was sure of was that Verona was home to Juliet’s balcony. Other than that, I had no idea what I would witness and how I would feel. However, once we toured the…

From skins to handbags

Our visit to the leather school was one of the most unique business experiences especially because it was completely different than any company I could ever imagine visiting. This family-owned business creates every leather product from scratch by hand. They have neglected the concept of mass production in an attempt to give the artists an…

Goodbye robes; Hello dresses

Before we reached Florence, I had absolutely no idea that two cities within three hours of each other could seem like such different worlds. Florence is a city representative of historical architecture, narrow streets, and modern companies. The city gives tourists and residents a taste of contemporary and old lifestyles. Today, we visited one of…

Let’s talk couture

Salute to a day filled with fashion and the most beautiful scenery we’ve witnessed so far in our trip.Today we visited one of the most breathtaking views of nature: Lake Como. We enjoyed a boat ride on this beautiful lake surrounded with the Alps and embellished with villas and other architectural feats.  However, since I…

More than just Mona Lisa

Day 3: filled with Da Vinci, education, Italian college students, and a castle. And when I say a castle, I actually mean we happened to stumble upon the most breathtaking architecture I’ve ever witnessed (other than the Duomo of course). It’s the kind you envision that exists in reality straight out of Disney movies. But…

Fashion= Leather!

In all honesty, yesterday when we landed in Italy I was a little shocked because it was not the scene I expected. When I think of Italy, I envision elegant architecture, high end fashion, cobblestone streets, canals, and unique apartments and shops. Today was exactly all of what I dreamed of and more. When we…

We made it!

After what seemed like an endless wait- here we are! Milan is absolutely beautiful and it shocked me how one city can appear both vintage and modern all at once. On our way back from the airport, I noticed that at first glance, the roads seemed similar to the United States’ highways. However, when I…

Ciao to Pasta, Gelato, Fashion, and more!

Ciao- Hello all! My name is Sumi Shah and I recently completed my freshman year at the University of Pittsburgh’s College of Business Administration. I intend to pursue a major in Human Resource Management, minor in Music, and Certificate in Leadership and Ethics. I’ve heard from many that study abroad is the single best experience…

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,…