In the Studio with RoseCut Clothing
In 2013 Judith of RoseCut Clothing fell in love with living and creating in a shaggy-rugged basement she called “The Troll Hole,” and hasn’t left LA ever since. Six years later and she’s upgraded to a light-filled studio Downtown with plenty of room for us to dig through her chest of vintage fabric and talk about her Elvis-inspired designs (Gimme Shelter – The Rolling Stones blasts in the background.)
When did you start sewing and making clothes?
I started taking sewing lessons when I was in elementary school and took them through middle school and then after that, I just taught myself everything else. In high school, I used t-shirts to make skirts and dresses and all kinds of weird stuff that I would then sell to my friends for like $10.
When and how did you start your business?
I started RoseCut (formerly Rusty Cuts) in 2009 in San Fransisco. I worked at a vintage store called Held Over (it’s a really good vintage store that I miss a lot) and made clothes out of vintage fabric, mostly dresses, in my spare time. I was selling them on Etsy and eventually, I was getting so many orders that I was able to quit my job and just do RoseCut. I moved to LA in 2013 and I’ve been doing it here ever since.
What is your creative process like? Is it collaborative?
All the appliqué suits I do by myself with input from whoever I’m making it for. I also work with different artists like Tati Compton. With Tati it’s really collaborative, we decide everything together. So first we’ll talk about what type of fabrics that we wanna make, and then decide what kind of clothing items to do.
Your designs are often floating around Instagram whether they are being worn by artists like Post Malone or Kevin Morby. What excites you about seeing RoseCut in the wild?
One of the coolest things I’ve seen on Instagram is people dressing up in outfits I’ve made for Halloween. There’s been a few of Post Malone and also a few people did Boygenius this year. It was really awesome to see people recreate things I’ve already done and their own weird takes on it.
STARRING: RoseCut Clothing
DIRECTOR + PHOTOGRAPHER: Chloe Cusimano
CINEMATOGRAPHER + EDITOR: Ben Cohen
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