Will we have free time?


Yes. There is designed time every day for relaxing, shopping, eating and extras. Remember, this is "Bleisure" trip: pleasure + business! You drink vino and learn the language for business dinner networking!




What does "Bleisure" trip mean?


Bleisure travel is the practice of extending business travel for leisure purposes, or otherwise combining work and leisure during a business trip. So while you are making connections and learning about your craft opportunities in Florence & Milan, you will be experiencing that through pleasurable activities.




Is Italy safe?


In normal circumstances, yes—Italy is a safe place for travel. Here's what you need to know about traveling to Italy in the age of the coronavirus:

June 17th: Italy has lifted its travel restrictions for select countries. Citizens from the EU, the UK, or from within the Schengen Zone can travel to Italy. They do not have to quarantine.

However, Italy still has travel restrictions for citizens of countries outside of Europe.




What if I want to travel on a budget? Is Italy pretty expensive?


Here’s some good news for our budget travelers to Italy—Italy is generally less expensive than countries like the United States. Of course, you can find expensive meals and lodging (hello, Milan is one of the world’s most glamorous cities). But taking the train isn’t that expensive, and it’s easy to find cheap meals—a pizza in Italy is about 8–10€, beer can be found for less than 5€, and you can often find espresso for only 1€.

Local tip: You don’t need to tip in Italy. If you had a good meal at a restaurant, you can leave 1€ per diner or anything under 10%. Although tipping 15%–20% is normal in the United States, this is considered rather exorbitant in Italy.




Speaking of food… is Italian food all pasta and pizza? Can we make Dietary requests?


The pizza and pasta is out-of-this-world delicious, but Italy offers way more culinary choices. Yes! we can ensure all dietary restrictions and intollerances- please inform us beforehand.




What is the cost and the duration of the tour?


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Who will be my Guide?


Ilyssa Wexler is your personal 24 hour guide while on your experience. She does everything, picks you up from the airport, arranges all activities and extras, and helps you with anything you need, language, medicines, advice ect. Ilyssa is an American (New Yorker) who has lived in Florence for 11 years.




Who will be the Fashion guides?


In order to see an authentic hand-made item of clothing, you will need experts, we have special fashion and museum guides that are licensed and knowledgable about all facets of Fashion and Italian history! They will answer to all your questions and doubts, so they can make you to live the best fashion tour experience you could ever have.




Which ateliers we are going to visit?


Rubinacci, Re Ottavio, Bottega Veneta, Fontana Couture Showroom, Moschino and Loro Piana are just few examples. We work with a large number of fashion stores, ateliers and expert artisans. Therefore, we select different experiences according to the groups personal requests and needs. As well as depending on who is available during those periods.




How can we pay?


You can use a bank transfer or your credit card by paypal/Stripe

As a guarantee, 250 Euro to hold your place with a 100% back Covid Friendly guarantee




Refund policy for TOURS & COVID POLICY


We offer 100% return of deposit for government related COVID situations.

We require a NEGATIVE covid test pre tour





 

Will we have free time?


Yes. There is designed time every day for relaxing, shopping, eating and extras. Remember, this is "Bleisure" trip: pleasure + business! You drink vino and learn the language for business dinner networking!




What does "Bleisure" trip mean?


Bleisure travel is the practice of extending business travel for leisure purposes, or otherwise combining work and leisure during a business trip. So while you are making connections and learning about your craft opportunities in Florence & Milan, you will be experiencing that through pleasurable activities.




Is Italy safe?


In normal circumstances, yes—Italy is a safe place for travel. Here's what you need to know about traveling to Italy in the age of the coronavirus:

June 17th: Italy has lifted its travel restrictions for select countries. Citizens from the EU, the UK, or from within the Schengen Zone can travel to Italy. They do not have to quarantine.

However, Italy still has travel restrictions for citizens of countries outside of Europe.




What if I want to travel on a budget? Is Italy pretty expensive?


Here’s some good news for our budget travelers to Italy—Italy is generally less expensive than countries like the United States. Of course, you can find expensive meals and lodging (hello, Milan is one of the world’s most glamorous cities). But taking the train isn’t that expensive, and it’s easy to find cheap meals—a pizza in Italy is about 8–10€, beer can be found for less than 5€, and you can often find espresso for only 1€.

Local tip: You don’t need to tip in Italy. If you had a good meal at a restaurant, you can leave 1€ per diner or anything under 10%. Although tipping 15%–20% is normal in the United States, this is considered rather exorbitant in Italy.




Speaking of food… is Italian food all pasta and pizza? Can we make Dietary requests?


The pizza and pasta is out-of-this-world delicious, but Italy offers way more culinary choices. Yes! we can ensure all dietary restrictions and intollerances- please inform us beforehand.




What is the cost and the duration of the tour?


...




Who will be my Guide?


Ilyssa Wexler is your personal 24 hour guide while on your experience. She does everything, picks you up from the airport, arranges all activities and extras, and helps you with anything you need, language, medicines, advice ect. Ilyssa is an American (New Yorker) who has lived in Florence for 11 years.




Who will be the Fashion guides?


In order to see an authentic hand-made item of clothing, you will need experts, we have special fashion and museum guides that are licensed and knowledgable about all facets of Fashion and Italian history! They will answer to all your questions and doubts, so they can make you to live the best fashion tour experience you could ever have.




Which ateliers we are going to visit?


Rubinacci, Re Ottavio, Bottega Veneta, Fontana Couture Showroom, Moschino and Loro Piana are just few examples. We work with a large number of fashion stores, ateliers and expert artisans. Therefore, we select different experiences according to the groups personal requests and needs. As well as depending on who is available during those periods.




How can we pay?


You can use a bank transfer or your credit card by paypal/Stripe

As a guarantee, 250 Euro to hold your place with a 100% back Covid Friendly guarantee




Refund policy for TOURS & COVID POLICY


We offer 100% return of deposit for government related COVID situations.

We require a NEGATIVE covid test pre tour





 

How is fashion runway different from fashion fundamentals?


Fashion Runway is purely an experiential learning experience. Designed for students to work hands on at NYFW. While….

Fashion Fundamentals gives a student the experiential learning component while complementing an ESL classroom education. Encouraging strong and confident future members of the global fashion business world.




What are the dates of the tours?


Fashion Runway: NYC & MILAN is in February/September

Fashion Fundamentals: Summer




What is the cost and the duration of the tour?


*3200 (all inclusive) subject to change on minimum student participants and flight taxes

All tours are approximately 10 days including flying time




What city do we depart from?


Milano or Roma




Who will be my Guide?


Ilyssa Wexler-Founder and native New Yorker currently living in Tuscany




Which ateliers or companies we are going to visit?


We work with a various number of fashion stores and ateliers. Therefore, we select different ateliers for each tour, according to the tailor needs and, of course, the students ones.

*Please note that ateliers are not touristic attractions, so our scheduled visits can change at the last moment. You will see the best available during your tour, this is for sure.




Where do we stay in New York City?


Always in the center of Manhattan




How do we pay? Do I have to pay everything at once?


Step 1: Fill out the schema di participation and email it back to coraggiosamentenyc@gmail.com

Step 2: Send the 250,00 Euro deposit to hold your spot through IBAN

Step 3: Decide if you want to pay in FULL or pay by installments




Do you provide ESTA assistance?


Yes




What forms need to be completed?


The scheda di partecipazione and you must upload your passport and identity card.




Do we have time to go around and explore New York city?


Yes, for the Fashion Fundamentals tour a NYC pass is included.




Will we have time for shopping?


Everywhere we visit you have an opportunity to shop. Designated time will be allocated on each tour and requested stores and guidance are offered




Do I get a certificate?


Yes. For Fashion Fundamentals a college certificate is awarded as you pass the final exam. For fashion Runway you receive a certificate of attendance.




What college do we go to for fashion fundamentals?


A private college in Manhattan with an experienced ESL/DELTA certified experienced teacher in Fashion.




What is included on the tour?


All breakfasts, 2 dinners, 24 hour guide, tours, professional visits, hotel, airfare.




Which languages do you speak?


We organize tours in English. Italian is always available for emergencies. We have chinese translators for visa services.




How long does the tour last each day?


Fashion Runway- Varies depending on what time we need to be at the Runway shows for assistance, the earliest day starts at 5:30 am.