Rosina~Mae is contemporary womenswear that takes you “from the beach, to the street, to the party.”
Rosina~Mae was founded in 2009 by Rose Mae Turner after she completed graduation at Dominican University (of River Forest, IL). Rosina~Mae consists of ethically made and sustainable swimwear that takes you from the beach, to the street, to the party. A former gymnast and diver, Rose was familiar with stretch fabric at a young age. In 2011 Rose participated in a sustainable fashion show called Vert Couture which really thrust her brand into the spotlight. Many Chicago taxi cabs featured a video with the story of Rose’s work, highlighting her passion for sustainability. In 2015 Rosina~Mae introduced an eco-friendly techno fabric into her collections. After much research, Rose was finally able to get her hands on her dream fabric! Carvico is made from recycled polyamide and elastane. It’s ethically produced, comfortable, and long lasting. Various Rosina~Mae swimsuits show color-blocking & patchwork techniques featuring that material and remnants from discarded textiles Rose has obtained from FabScrap and Goodwill. Patchwork is a recurring theme consistent to the brand. In 2016 Rose moved to NYC and like a true New Yorker she currently calls the city home.
Dominican University honored Rose in 2017 with the Distinguished Alumnus Award for her work in the Fashion Industry. With each new collection produced, Rosina~Mae improves upon the textiles used while reducing the impact on the planet. In addition to being ethically produced, each piece has a sustainable feature. Since 2017, Rose has consistently shown in New York Fashion Week and has become a activist in the sustainable fashion movement. Rosina~Mae has been featured in NYLON, NBC Chicago, Chicago Splash, Story + Rain, Sportswear International, Chelsea News, Lucire Magazine, and more.
Above: Here’s a glimpse of Rosina~Mae S/S 2020 “Candy Shapes”.