Rose Mae Turner is the woman behind Rosina-Mae, a young contemporary womenswear line of swimwear and apparel that is ethically produced in the USA. Her new line for 2016 includes the use of Vita, a sustainable techno-fabric made with ECONYL ® which is regenerated Nylon.
Launched in 2009 out of Chicago, you can find her collections at Locallective in Chicago's Wicker Park neighborhood and online at 19th Amendment, Colabination, and Echohabitude.
Exciting news for Rose Mae is that she will be presenting her S/S 2016 collection "Monochrome" on the runway during New York Fashion Week. The show is presented by Oxford Fashion Studio at 7 p.m. on September 12th at The High Line Hotel which is open to the public. For ticket information: http://www.oxfordfashionstudio.com/tickets/.
You can see more of her line at www.rosinamae.com
Q How many collections do you create in a season?
I design two a year. I started designing for Spring/ Summer and Fall/Winter, but more recently started designing a Resort collection since resort transcends the seasons. I focus on wearable pieces that can easily pair with staples already in her own wardrobe. Many pieces are easily packable and great for trips.
Q. How did you decide to design a bathing suit line?
I started designing dresses and actually fell into designing swimwear. The swimwear was such a hit at one of my first fashion shows that I decided to make swimwear my specialty. It was a natural fit for me, but I still design apparel each season as well. Rosina~Mae is versatile in that it takes you, “from the beach, to the street, to the party.” Many of the swimsuits pair well with jeans and double as bodysuits.
Q. Your new line is going to be eco friendly, tell me a little more about that
Rosina~Mae is already geared towards the ethically conscious consumer, but I’m always aiming to improve upon being sustainable specifically with the textiles I use. In past collections, I made swimwear straps using fabric from donated clothing and color-blocked my garments using remnants from textile and thrift stores. When it comes to fabric waste, I make headbands and small accessories from the remnants. Additionally, I donate fabric to a friend that makes doll clothes and others that are able to use smaller pieces of fabric. I’m very excited to announce that I am now using a sustainable techno-fabric which is made with ECONYL ® (regenerated Nylon) in my S/S 2016 Collection that will debut during NYFW.
Q Where do you source your fabrics?
I attend the local textile Chicago Fabric and Trim Show seasonally and am consistently researching new textiles that I want to incorporate into my line. Recently I was able to work with Stitch Method, a Chicago based business that is a fashion design & brand development accelerator. They were able to put me in touch with a rep for various sustainable fabric lines.
Photography: Mark Johnson of When Light Falls Photography