Issue #26

Ippolita Rostagno

La "Made In Italy"

Artist and jewelry designer Ippolita Rostagno spent her childhood in Florence but for the last 25 years has adopted New York City as her home. Her life has been full of work, creativity and intensity, for which she is grateful. Her daughter, Maya, is the center of her universe, along with her sister, Ilaria.

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What do you do in your life (work and fun)?

I run a fine jewelry company, IPPOLITA, and blow glass.

What made you leave Italy and chose NYC?

My mother is American so I had roots here, but I chose NY because it’s the most compelling city in the world.

Please share your best memory in the City.

My best memory is more like a recurring life affirmation. Driving in from the airport I just love seeing the NY skyline appear suddenly from around the bend. Its majesty and rawness are so distinctive.

What made you choose this specific location and outfit?

My studio is my favorite room in the house. I feel like this image captures my aesthetic: feminine but with an industrial edge.

Your thought about this project, ITALIANY.US

It’s interesting to see what an expat tribe looks like. Do we still look Italian?

How would you describe being an ambassador of the italian style/culture abroad?

Living abroad has made me a better advocate for all things Italian. Currently I am on a crusade to save craft from extinction by creating a website for the distribution of artistic products and know-how.

  • Brooklyn, NY


  • Time

    150 mins

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