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Grottini Retail Environments Internship: Jennifer - The First Week

Posted on Wed, Aug 26, 2015 @ 02:11 PM

by Jennifer Cohen

LIM College has a long tradition of partnering with leading companies throughout all sectors of the fashion and retail industries to provide students with life-changing, real-world work experiences. Jennifer Cohen and Erica Pierson were chosen for a month-long Visual Merchandising internship at Grottini Retail Environments in Porto Recanati, Italy.

 

GrottiniDuring my first full week at Grottini, I began to transition into a part of a team dynamic. I was working alongside and receiving help from Erica and the other employees at the office and reporting back to Keith, the head of design, to get feedback on ideas for actual real world projects. 

I also began to get a feel for what it was like to work with a client that came with a list of wants as well as a list of limitations. When you do a project in school, you can come up with the most elaborate, limitless idea, but when you are working with a client in real life, you have to work with the client to solve problems and build solutions, and to me, that was one of the most exciting factors of this experience. 

Within my first week I began to work with Erica and Keith on a presentation for Butterfly Twist, a women's shoe company. One of my first assignments was to begin fine tuning the presentations that we had previously sent to the people at Butterfly Twist.

Butterfly_Twists_shoesAlthough they had liked the presentations that we had sent to them, there was still a decent amount of feedback and suggestions sent back to us. For me, this was my first experience working with a client and having them look at potential ideas for a project and saying, "Okay this is good, but change all of this."

I think that experiences like this helped me to better understand the reality of working with a client. It is all about expressing your ideas clearly to one another and working together to come up with creative solutions to problems. It is not harsh criticism, but suggestions that one party gives to another so that they can work together and create the best solution.

Tags: internship, Grottini, Italy, Porto Recanati, international, LIM College student

A Day in Siena

Posted on Wed, Feb 20, 2013 @ 11:19 AM

by Lindsay Nunnery

We stopped in Siena for the day and it turned out to be one of my favorite cities. 

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It was such a quaint village located in the countryside of Italy. 

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The sun was shining and we climbed the top of the Duomo, where we were able to see stunning views of the town and countryside.

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Haivng a Lizzie McGuire Moment

Posted on Tue, Feb 05, 2013 @ 03:06 PM

I took an AP European History course in high school and remember learning about the ancient art Italians created and how famous they are for their architecture. 

It was surreal being able to stand in front of Michelangelo’s David in Florence (I had to sneak a picture!)...

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and having my Lizzie McGuire moment making a wish in front of the Trevi Fountain in Rome.

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What to Eat in Italy: Gelato

Posted on Wed, Jan 30, 2013 @ 12:11 PM

If you ever go to Italy, one thing I definitely suggest you do is eat gelato every day!

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American gelato does not compare to the authenticity of Italian gelato. We went to many different gelato places, and I suggest Flor and Grom. They are two places with amazing gelato the next time you find yourself on the hunt for this tasty treat!

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Tags: study abroad, Italy, eating out

Seeing Where Louis Vuitton Silk Scarves Come From

Posted on Mon, Jan 28, 2013 @ 03:01 PM

by Lindsay Nunnery

During our stay in Milan, we ventured out to tour a silk factory where they produce scarves by hand and machine. 

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As a fashion student, it was awesome seeing Louis Vuitton scarves being stitched together by the machines. The factory had over 3,000 different colors to choose from!

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Touring Showrooms

Posted on Fri, Jan 25, 2013 @ 04:29 PM

by Alyssa Francois

After visiting the headquarters of Cassina in Meda, we toured the showrooms of Poltrona Frau, and Cassina in Milan. There we viewed the products they have for sale for special clients as well as walk-in customers.

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Learning How Furniture is Made at Cassina

Posted on Tue, Jan 22, 2013 @ 12:06 PM

by Alyssa Francois

For our first excursion we traveled to Meda, Italy where we visited the Cassina Headquarters and we learned how furniture is made from start to finish. Furniture has a deep connection to the fashion industry, as the inspiration for designs can be drawn from fashion.

During the beginning stages the wood is kept outside. Throughout the seasons, the different types of weather adds to the beauty of the wood.

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 The seat of the chairs are all hand-woven.

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 Our tour guide shows us the finished product!

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Stylish Bicycle Riders

Posted on Fri, Jan 18, 2013 @ 12:39 PM

by Alyssa Francois

Trends! One of my favorite pastimes is to people-watch. Here in Italy you will find many Italians riding bicycles. It's fun, eco-friendly, cost-efficient, good exercise…and most of all they look so fashionably stylish while doing so!

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Ciao for now!

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A New York Pizza Lover Finds Heaven

Posted on Thu, Jan 17, 2013 @ 10:38 AM

by Alyssa Francois

After a day of sightseeing, I was pretty hungry. The first dish on my mind was pizza, so we headed over to Catto Rosso, located in Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. After the first bite, I was in heaven.

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I'm a pizza lover who lives in New York City and I've never had a pizza this good. It's so hard to explain the taste but the cheese was so rich in flavor. Scrumptious!

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NYC Fashion Students Arrive in Milan

Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 @ 04:17 PM

by Alyssa Francois

We arrived in Milan after a long but easy flight. The anticipation of seeing this beautiful city was already kicking in for this fashion student.

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Milan's spire-studded Duomo. This church is the second largest church in the world. The Gothic structure is breathtaking!

-Alyssa Francois

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