Went by too Quickly

On the final day of our Italy trip, the group traveled to the Lineapelle Fashion Studio. Here we got to see the many different types of leather that this company has archived within their building. This business does not focus on making the leather products but rather sponsoring other leather making companies by showcasing their…

Fast Fashion v. Luxury Brands

On the 12th day of our trip, we attended a presentation given by Francesca Romana Rinaldi, an international teacher at Cattolica University. Here, she teaches courses mainly focused on business management. During the presentation, she explained the business models of various companies and how the fashion industry has changed completely in the last 10 to…

Online, Directly to Customers!

On the 11th day of our trip, the group traveled to a nearby hotel to listen in on a presentation given by a member of Velasca, a shoemaking company. Also, we were able to tour the warehouse where their shoes were packaged and shipped. Lastly, we went to an actual store of Velasca which was…

Tailoring and Mario Foroni!

Today, on our tenth day in Italy, the group toured two companies. First, we visited Sartorial Cavour, a tailoring company for men that was created 30 years ago by two tailors. They began in a house with 7 employees and now has become a company with 37 members. Sartorial Cavour creates various suits and blazers…

What is the Consorzio?

Today, after having a completely free morning to explore Verona, we visited Mero and More, a textile company that works within the Consorzio Della Moda. The Consorzio itself is an organization that consists of forty six small textile companies in the Venetian region and three 350 when incorporating the entire supply chain of each company….

The Beautiful City of Venice

We are now over halfway done with our trip! The group travelled from Verona to Venice by a train that reached speeds up to 170 kilometers per hour! Although I knew this would be our longest day, it was the one I was looking forward to most. Venice is visually aesthetic because of its 120…

From Florence to Verona!

Time really does fly. It is hard to believe this is already the seventh day of our Italy trip!  Today we departed from Florence and took a coach bus to Verona. When we arrived here, we were given a tour of the city to learn about its vast history. After walking the streets of Verona,…

Francisco the Guilder, Day 6

Ciao everyone! This is our second, and unfortunately last day in beautiful Florence, Italy. Today we visited Scuola Del Cuoio, a leather school that was started in 1950 by a few young brothers. Eighty students, most of which were orphans, were the first to enter the school. Because these students became experienced after a few…

Art, Art, and more Art

Hello all! After spending three days in Milan, we departed from our Ibis hotel this morning and took a three and a half hour coach bus ride to Florence, Italy. My friends and I were more than excited to experience another part of this beautiful country. Proceeding the long trip, we all unpacked and headed…

Mantero Spa, Lake Como, and the Incline!

Today was the fourth day of our Italy trip! With each day, I am continuing to become closer with our group members, our Plus3 advisors Diego and Luca, and with Dr. Duquin and Dr. Patzer. This has made the trip an even more enjoyable and adventurous experience. I really cannot get enough Italy and it’s…

Leonardo Da Vinci, a man of knowledge

It is day three here in Milan on the Plus3 Italy trip, and everyone is beginning to adapt to the time change and jet lag that we have been experiencing throughout the past couple of days. Again, early this morning we took the metro to another site, The Natural Museum of Science, which houses several…

Day 2, High Fashion and Leather Shops

After a much needed night of sleep, we all rode the city’s metro to Duomo, a major shopping center in Milan. Fashion is what Milan is known for, as it is considered the “fashion capital” of the world and today we learned first hand why the city has been given this nickname. We were given…

Welcome to Milan, Day 1

Today we finally arrived in Italy! I am beyond excited for the upcoming two weeks and ready to learn about supply chain management as well as Italian culture. When we first got off of our eight hour plane ride, I noticed was that most signs in the airport were written in both the Italian and…

See you soon Milan!

Hello all! My name is Taylor Vivino and I am studying finance here at the University of Pittsburgh. I am from Plum, Pennsylvania, a town about twenty minutes away from Pitt. I cannot wait to travel with everyone and make some unforgettable memories on the Plus3 Milan trip! Being someone who has never left the…

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,…