Plus 3 Italy Scholarship Blog

Ciao!! I am so excited for my study abroad trip to Italy. I can’t wait to begin studying the supply chain through fashion industries in Italy. From the classes and lessons that we have taken so far for our pre-trip meeting, I am looking forward to what this trip has in store and how the…

Scholarship Reflection

I am very thankful that I was awarded a substantial scholarship toward my participation in the Plus3 program. I traveled with my group to Italy, where we mainly stayed in Milan, but also visited Verona, Florence, and even Venice. The focus of our trip was to study supply chains within the fashion industry. This was…

Post Travel Reflection

After returning to the US, I have been able to reflect on how well the pre departure meetings we had at school had prepared me for my trip. I first reflected on this some while taking the post travel survey, but I have been able to think about it further after being at home. There…

The Last Day

The final day of our tour of Italy has come much faster than I could have expected. This trip has been such a blur in some sorts that finding myself inside the confines of LineaPelle for our last company visit just didn’t feel like the conclusion that it really was. That is not to say…

Environmental Fashion

For the second to last day of our tour if Italy, we returned to Cattolica Universtiy in Milan for a lecture about sustainability in the world of fashion. This lecture, taught by professor Francesca Ronaldinho, was a crash course in various aspects in which the fashion industry has interacted with the concept of sustainability. One…

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…

Nothing Is As Good As the Real Thing

Today was sadly our last day in Italy, I am going to miss it here so much and I hope I will have the chance to come back someday! For the last day, we had a lot of free time so I finished up some last-minute shopping and ate some great food, which is what…

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…

I Don’t Milano Go Home!

For our last day, we went to Linea-Pelle to learn more about how leather was created. Linea-Pelle is similar to the Consortium because it serves as the main communication between designers or companies with tanneries by showing the tanneries’ various techniques and new innovations. They host the International Fair of Leather based on trends picked…

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…

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…

Linea Pelle, a Consortium of Leather

Today we visited Linea Pelle, a company that describes itself as the most important source of leather and fabrics in the world. At first, I was confused about the company’s exact role, but then I realized it is similar to the Consorzio we visited. What I gathered is that many tanneries and producers of leather…

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….

Loads of Lineapelle Leather

                Our last full day in Italy…I can’t believe it! This amazing trip has gone by too quickly. Although I wish I could stay longer, all the walking has really tired me out! Today we had our last company visit to Lineapelle in Milan. There are also locations in New York and London. This company…

Day 13: Red Leather, Yellow Leather

At 9:15 AM today, we left for our last site visit by taking the Metro there. I feel like I am slowly becoming a pro at the Metro since we have used it so often during our time in Milan!  Our destination today was Linea-Pelle which is a business organization that coordinates exhibitions around the…

50 Shades of Leather

Today I found that it IS possible to drown in leather. But, before I get into that I should probably talk about the company we visited today. The company itself was called Lineapelle. Now, I have to use the term loosely because they are more than just a business. Lineapelle is more like a consortium,…

Let’s Talk Fashion

Today, we had the pleasure of visiting the Armani Silos museum, which was extremely impressive. Seeing all those beautiful clothes and not being able to buy them was slightly painful, but hopefully someday I will be able to afford them.  We also met back up with the students of Universita Cattolica and I spent some…

A Discussion on the Longevity of Leather

For our group’s final day in Milan, we travelled to LineaPelle and we were given a presentation as to how different types of leather is produced, the different steps in the tanning process and just an overall look into the industry. LineaPelle is a member of UNIC (roughly 200 members total) and represents many of…

The Last Day

Our trip has come to a close here in Milan. Today was our last day in this amazing city, and we depart for the airport bright and early tomorrow morning. The trip has been an incredible experience and I wouldn’t have wanted to spend it with any other group of amazing people. On our last…

Lots of Leather: The Last Day in Milan

Today was our last day in Milan. We spent the morning at Linea Pelle, a major player in Italy’s leather industry. Linea Pelle is built around a similar model to the consortium. Leather tanneries pay membership fees to join Linea Pelle, in turn Linea Pelle connects their leather products to producers. However, that is not…