Launched my Line in Calabria!
Italy Immersion Program 2019
It’s my pleasure to offer my unreserved recommendation for Toronto North Couture’s Italy Immersion Program.
The program was a great experience for me, and I learned a lot during the two weeks I stayed there. There were lots of amazing opportunities that we were given because of this program, such as volunteering backstage at Rome Fashion Week. We learned a lot about how the industry works and got to meet designers as well. In Rome, we also visited a globally acknowledged fabric store and learned a bit about different types of fabric and what they’re best for. Linda and Mary Lou both taught us about Italian culture and took us to different places where we could experience it ourselves.
In Soverato, we stayed in yet another wonderful hotel with a beach within two minutes walking distance. When it came to the fashion show, I was blown away in the amount of work being put into it, and it was very successful as well, with the rows all filled with people watching attentively. I was also very impressed by how amazing the pictures from the photoshoots and the fashion show came out. The models were also all very kind and I didn’t find any issues with the fittings, show, and photoshoots throughout the entirety of my trip.
There were also other things we did which I found to be a great learning experience such as visiting a silkworm farm and visiting Malía’s design studio, an Italian sustainable fashion brand that sells globally where we were given advice and even had an opportunity to possibly feature one of our designs for their next collection.
I 100% recommend going on this trip for anyone considering going into the fashion industry because of how much you’ll be able to learn from it and grow as a designer.
One of the Best Trips!
I experienced the Italy Tra Di Noi trip, run by Linda Vercillo, in the summer of 2016. In my opinion the itinerary was thoroughly thought out and organized. Every day was planned from events, meals, touring, and times for resting. There was also time to explore on our own. Even though the trip was planned from Toronto the detail and accuracy in everything we had to do was incredible. We were even recommended food to go buy, such as pistachio croissants and a specific honey brand from Calabria. Linda is very familiar with Italy that she was able to accomplish such an amazing experience all from another country. Our itinerary revolved around fashion-centric events and we got to experience working with industry professionals in Rome through Linda’s connections. I personally felt no difference in the fact that the trip was planned in Canada. She thought through every aspect and any hiccups that occurred went unnoticed since she always seemed to have a back-up or alternative option in mind. It was a trip I will never forget and one of the best I have ever taken. I definitely recommend Linda Vercillo as the event planner for your next event. Sincerely, Victoria Cellucci
Once in a Lifetime Experience!
I Learned More than being in a Classroom!
Full of Learning for Young Designers!
Made My Dreams Come True
In 2015, I joined a fashion design school in Vaughan, Toronto. My dream? To work at one of the Haute Couture Fashion Shows in the world. But I was 21, had no connections to anyone in the fashion world and could barely sew to hem my pants. Little did I know there was a lady who’s daughter also attended this school. A lady who had the same dream for her daughter.
In September of 2015, the students at the school were presented with what seemed like an impossible idea. Linda was going to get us to work behind the scenes at Rome’s Haute Couture Fashion Week in Italy.
Over the months leading up to the trip, Linda worked incredibly hard sending emails, phone calls, and traveling back and forth to Italy, all to iron out all the details of the trip. She wanted us to have the most authentic experience of Italy – it is after all the country she calls home.
In July of 2016, I was sitting on a plane on my way to work for one of the world’s most elite clubs, all thanks to the work of Linda Vercillo. No other university or college program to date offered such an incredible once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to its students, and I’ll tell you why… No other program had Linda Vercillo.
Over the course of two weeks, I worked behind the scenes at the shows of 4 different high fashion designers, was able to watch a high fashion show, ate the most delicious pasta and pizza dishes I’ve ever had at restaurants in the heart of Rome, and had as much gelato as my heart desired. Yes, I also saw the Colosseum, the Vatican, and the Trevi Fountain but Linda made sure we experienced the beauty of the smaller, lesser known bits of Italy’s magic and it was those moments that made the trip all the more memorable.
The last week of our trip she ensured that we visited her home region southern area of Calabria before we left. There we took a boat along the coast and dove in and out of sparkling clear blue waters, we rode horses along the beach and perused the local market for fabrics and unique trinkets to take home, we travelled to the mountains to learn how to make a traditional Italian meal from scratch, we woke early to get our pick of freshly baked goods at the best bakery in town, stayed up late through the night to watch the sunrise over the Ionian Sea, and we drove late at night into the mountains just to get photos of the coastal city lit up in the night. Linda put her heart and soul into planning this experience of Italy for us. I have had the privilege of traveling to many countries, but this trip is The trip I will never forget.
Linda Vercillo is a fairy godmother. She will help you find your glass heels, the crystal carriage, and she will plan you the perfect ball. It does not matter where in the world you want your wedding, Linda will put her heart, soul, and boundless creativity into every experience she plans. Linda will think of all the little details you didn’t even consider to make your day just that extra little bit special.
I wish you happiness, laughs, and love to last a lifetime. I know I leave you in very capable, caring hands. All the best.
Alta Roma Fashion Week 2016