Hi, My name is Carine Soriano of Fremont, California, USA.
Perhaps you expected my first name to be LÃ©a. Well, LÃ©a is an acronym that is meaningful to me and thatâ€™s why I chose this name for my business.
They are 3 important persons in my life: Loriane / StÃ©phane /Alissia that makes the acronym Â LÃ©a.
As you probably guessed, Loriane and Alissia are my 2 daughters and StÃ©phane is my husband.
By going into business, my goal was to offer a good quality life for my entire family. It then made sense to call my business LÃ©a Franceâ„¢.
Now that you know my name, you might wonder: Who is Carine?
Well, first I can say I'm a passionate woman who loves to teach. I think people are born to learn, and when I see the happy faces of my students at the end of a project, itâ€™s the best reward I can imagine.
I began my Picture Framing obsession after attending a class in Paris in 2000. I was immediately hooked on this innovative technique. In July 2003, I moved to Canada with my husband and my daughter. I was truly amazed that I did not find the matting techniques used in France. After looking everywhere, I had to face the fact that French Picture Framing just doesn't exist in Canada. That's how I started teaching those French Framing techniques to Canadians. In 2007, I returned to France for a few months, and at that time, learned scrapbooking.
I then moved again, this time to California. In the weeks following, I decided to create a business out of my passion for Picture Framing and Scrapbooking. Since then, Iâ€™ve been exhibiting in scrapbooking events and enjoy sharing my expertise about my Photo Collage style.
LÃ©a France believes in supporting our national economy, therefore all of our products are manufactured in USA.
Also, each time we have a chance to work with small local businesses, we do so. Itâ€™s important to us to work with persons that support the same business and personal values and help our local community to grow and prosper.