Maureen Labro

Maureen Labro was born in Paris in 1955 to a French father and an American mother. Her paternal grandfather and father were avid Sunday painters, and her mother, an accomplished seamstress, created clothing and patchwork, and lovingly tended to a thriving garden. As a young child, Maureen lived in the south of France, sailing on weekends, until the age of ten, when she moved to the suburbs of Paris on the banks of the Seine, home to the Impressionists. Years later, in college, Maureen studied architecture and English and was accepted at the prestigious École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

At age 23, she was offered the opportunity to travel to the United States to work as a French lecturer at a California university. As the first Christmas season was approaching, she requested a small number of hand-painted silk scarves from a painter friend to bestow as gifts. As fabric painting was an unfamiliar craft in the United States, Maureen offered classes and workshops in the art while still teaching French. In the summer of 1980, Maureen returned to France, and after searching for manufacturers of silk dyes, she crossed paths with Dominique Sennelier, the owner and manufacturer of a celebrated line of fine art materials. It was at this first meeting that a strong bond was forged and Savoir-Faire was born.

The first shipment of materials arrived in old-fashioned wooden crates, delivered to the kitchen of Maureen’s cottage rental in Sausalito. With materials in hand, Maureen traveled extensively, teaching silk painting classes and selling materials to local craft and art supply stores. Pierre Guidetti happened upon a demonstration and the rest, as they say, is history. Twenty-eight years later, Savoir-Faire now has six thousand artist tools imported from all corners of the world. Today, Maureen masterfully combines her passions — family, business, travel, gardening, cooking and the arts. Her dream to paint every day still remains very much alive.

Maureen Labro