About


Hello there! I'm Ale and I live in Turin, a beautiful town in the North of Italy. Rosaspina is my handmade clothing label, and it's also a photography blog with a special love for bygone eras. So here you'll find both updates on my collections and plenty of thrift stores adventures, pictures from the past, travels, snippets of fashion and whatever else takes my fancy. Hope you enjoy your visit!


F.A.Q.


 What type of camera do you use and who takes your pictures? 
I generally use a Nikon 3100 with a 50mm 1.4 lens, but I love shooting of film, so whenever I have the chance I bring with me my beloved Nikon FE from the 1970s.
Most of the pictures on this blog are shot by myself. When you see a photo of me, it's usually taken by family and friends. I edit all my pictures with Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. 

 What is your day job - other than working on Rosaspina Handmade?
I work full time in animation as a storyboard artist and character animator for feature films, tv series and advertisements. I teach at the National Film School and I'm a children's book illustrator. 

 When did you start Rosaspina Vintage?
I started my blog in 2010 when I used to sell vintage clothes on Etsy. I've always spent a fair share of time thrifting and browsing through old treasures and thought it would have been fun to share my little finds with friends and family. It was meant to be just a sort of casual diary with visual inspiration and store updates, I really didn’t expect that it would have taken a life of its own! It also gave me the chance to connect with like-minded people and it's definitely been a great excuse to cultivate my passion for photography.

 What is Rosaspina Handmade?
It's a vintage inspired clothing line, designed by myself and handmade with love by my mother, using exclusively 1950s and 1960s fabrics from my grandmother's stash. You can shop the current collection, see our archive lookbooks and read more about our brand here

 Have you always dreamt of designing and creating your own clothing line?
I've been drawing since I can remember and, even if my biggest love was animation, when I was a little girl I used to dream of one day becoming a fashion designer. My grandmother still keeps the booklets I made while spending my summer holidays in her house, and in those drawings you could find full skirts, pretty collars, bows and frocks cinched at the waist…

♥  Rosapina Handmade is a mother and daughter team effort, what is the dynamic like working alongside your mother?
I usually start sketching out some design ideas, then my mom and I go through all the fabrics in the archive and just let the inspiration go, she always gives me a lot of very good advices. Sometimes after designing a frock I look for a very specific color or pattern, sometimes it's the fabric itself which suggests me a new idea for a garment.

 I have a business and would like to be a sponsor
You can read all of the details about advertising and send me an email at rosaspinavintage@gmail.com

 I would like to use some of the content of RosaspinaVintage.com or feature you on my blog/site
Thanks! Please note that all personal photos and content of this blog are my own intellectual property, unless otherwise noted. If you borrow or post a picture elsewhere, be sure to always provide proper credit and a link back to this site.

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