1998-2007 : “Les Caprices de Claudine”
French born, Claudine Sorel is a Parisian designer who always had three passions: art, fashion and golf (she made it to the Finals of the French National juniors Championship) and the culinary industry (she graduated from the prestigious École Hôtelière de Lausanne in Switzerland on July 1980).
But it was only in her early forties that Claudine dedicated her time to her real passion: art and fashion.
In 1998, after a trip to Paris to learn the art of patina on 18th century furniture, Claudine launched her first furniture and lamp business in Bulgaria where she lived for a few years.
In late 2003, during a dinner held at the French Embassy in Sofia, Claudine met Mr. Mark Bloomfield,a Washingtonian businessman. Loving care resulted in Claudine marrying Mark and moving to Washington, DC.
In 2007, Claudine founded “Les Caprices de Claudine” her first online business, specializing in home decoration with products imported from France and bronze sculptures designed by her and produced in Bulgaria by Nikolai Litchkov, a talented Bulgarian artist whom she admired.
Claudine’s clients have included The Thomas Jefferson Hotel, Washington, DC, for the linen tablecloths she designed with the famous “Le Jacquard Français”.