Claire always knew that her hands would be essential to her work. Even as a child, she would make dresses for her dolls. And, naturally, she went on to study dressmaking in the clothing industry where she acquired the solid skills she needed to work for a variety of major fashion design houses.
Working for Mugler, Céline and Chanel, she was able to turn their designs into reality. But rather than settling for heading up a team, she soon decided to take control over the process herself.
Florent followed a rather more original career. He first thought that he would take over the family business, but then decided to go to Paris, attended a business school and worked his way up in a bank to become branch manager.
But boredom gradually set in and when he compiled a skills portfolio it showed him that he would be better working at something more practical.
In upholstery we eventually found the answer to all our needs: upmarket work, discipline, love of the finer things in life, design and vision. Not forgetting our desire to work with each other.
Training as Upholsterer and as Window Decorator (at the school of Grégoire Ferrandi with Brigitte Tarris and Ghislaine Gruet as tutors) and some compulsive reading and practical work meant that in 2009 we were ready to go it alone and set up our own workshop, Âme 2 Tapissiers.