Hello there! I'm Ale and I live in Turin, a beautiful town in the North of Italy. Rosaspina Vintage is a personal style and photography blog with a special love for bygone eras, so here you'll find plenty of thrift stores adventures, black and white pictures from the past, travels, stories about old treasures, snippets of fashion and whatever else takes my fancy. Hope you enjoy your visit!
♥Where did you grow up in Italy? I grew up in Turin but have always been traveling a lot because of my job, called Ireland home for a few years and then, after embracing the freelance life, I happily came back to my hometown, where I currently live with my two oversize cats named Julius and Lana.
♥What do you do for a living?
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, so I pretty much draw all day long.
♥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 to me there's nothing like a good old roll 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.
♥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 Vintage 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 lookbooksand 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 romantic frocks cinched at the waist…
♥ Rosapina Vintage 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 wovens 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.
♥Do you feel that "courtesy of" products can compromise the integrity of your blog?
I write on this blog only in my free time, which is pretty little with my full time job, so I only share things that I truly enjoy, find beautiful or would buy myself. You can be sure that whatever you see here will always be cohesive with my style and truly reflect my taste.
♥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.