What We Believe

Le Papier Studio has been helping parents keep memories close since 2008. Our products celebrate the present moments turning them into heirlooms to be cherished and passed down to the next generation.

Our mission is to inspire parents to see the joy in the midst of the most mundane moments, to choose present over speed living, real over rushed, cherished presents over meaningless gifts.

We believe every mother, father, grandmother, bestie should own and proudly wear a heirloom, one of a kind piece of jewelry that tells a story worth remembering.

About Le Papier Studio

Le Papier Studio is a boutique  brand that manifests the sensibilities and personal style of its Founder and Creative Director, Vana Chupp. The brand inspires women to keep memories close and cherish the magic of special moments forever.

We utilize client's favorite photographs to illustrate the people, pets, and special moments in their life. From those treasured pictures, we create one-of-a-kind heirloom pieces: silhouette portraits and exquisite jewelry, and perfectly personal accessories destine to become family heirlooms and passed down to the next generation.

Le Papier Studio was established in 2008 in an effort to satisfy Vana's creative passions while fulfilling an even higher calling, being a mom. Vana continues to be the safe keeper of a family's memory and works with clients personally on each order to help evoke the magic of that moment forever.

Vana & The Team

Vana

Inspired by the sweet and simple moments in life, Vana is professionally trained as an architect with an artist's heart. Her silhouette craft was first born as she began documenting the personality, emotion, and playfulness of her son Nikolas. Over the years she has established herself as a leading, honest, authentic voice on women in business, the balance of work and family, and how to foster creativity in everyday life. Now, as a mama to two busy boys, wife to her college sweetheart and owner of a labor-of-love brand, she strives to make a difference in her clients' lives.

Her favorite stories to hear from customers are that they will treasure their silhouette jewelry as it reminds them of their loved ones when they were little, a memory their will forever keep close to heart (literally!)

Alyssa

As the mother to three small children, her days are filled with tiny moments that are weaving the story of her family's life. While the days can be difficult, or exhausting, or exhilarating, they're nonetheless memories that she knows she'll cherish as her children continue to grow.

As the Community Manager for Le Papier Studio, Alyssa loves seeing others experience these same feelings as they go through the process of having a Le Papier Studio heirloom created for themselves or their loved ones... knowing that every single day people get to have that moment that takes their breath away - and hearing about how overwhelmed they are upon receiving their piece...well, it's one of the best perks of her job!

Tracy

Tracy is a local artist and jeweler with a BFA in Craft/Material Studies from VCU. She has a love of all things beautiful and besides jewelry, enjoys painting, pen and ink drawing, and historical musings.

Tracy joined our team as a jewelry production specialist in 2017. Her attention to detail is exceptional and shows on everything she touches.

Colleen

Colleen is a local artist with a BFA in Craft + Material Studies (with a focus in metalsmithing and furniture design). She spent 10 years in the casting department of a jewelry manufacturer working with top designers and independent jewelers.

When not in the studio you’ll find her outside hiking (with her pups), cycling, SUPing and beach combing (when she’s lucky enough to be near the ocean). Litter drives her crazy! She often picks up bags full of trash in local waterways.


Colleen joined our team as jewelry production specialist in 2018.

Timeline

March

2008

Vana founded Le Papier Studio and started selling on Etsy

November

2009

lepapierstudio.com officially launched

July

2010

Hired our first employee, Kristin

October

2010

Vana's first book (Silhouette Art) with Chronicle Books officially launched

September

2012

Vana's launches her second book with Chronicle Books (Pretty Paper Parties)

June

2015

We launched a small collection to a select Chicago Target stores

July

2015

We made Richmond, VA our new home

August

2017

Alyssa and Tracy joined our team as a community manager and jewelry production assistant

March

2018

Le Papier Studio turns 10!