Testimonials

As our bespoke service is confidential, in some cases we have hidden customer names and only used initials.

For any further information please contact us at enquiries@clairechristiancouture.com.

We thank you, and hope you enjoy our wonderful customer and collaborator comments, as much has Claire and her team have.

 

Sam Barks – Ongoing

“Claire is so incredibly skilled at her craft and her talent is only match by her kindness and generosity. Claire was a truly a fairy god mother to my sister before her wedding. When my sister’s dress arrived two weeks before her wedding, having been poorly altered, Claire came to the rescue. She worked around the clock for a week, taking apart the entire dress seam by seam and practically building it anew. She even came to our family home on the morning of the wedding to ensure all of the final touches were in place for one of the most significant days of my sister’s life. Claire couldn’t have been more helpful in my sister’s hour of need and, my goodness, the dress looked absolutely perfect by the time Claire had worked her magic. Claire has also created a few incredible dresses for me to wear to events. Her work is always so stunning, it has everyone asking “who are you wearing?” And I couldn’t be prouder to tell them I am wearing a Claire Christian!!! 

Sam Barks – Singer and Actress

Wearing Claire Christian outside Henri Bendel Department Store in New York

Sam Barks

Kerry Ellis – 2019

 “I love Claire Christian Couture.  I have been supported by Claire for years now, she has dressed me for many of my concerts performances, and events worldwide and made me feel so glamourous and special.  The pieces I have worn were magnigicent, comfortable, easy to wear and super stylish. I’m a big fan and adore Claire. Can’t wait to see what we come up with next”. 

 Kerry Ellis – English Actress and Singer

Wearing one of the Claire Christian gowns especially made for her 20th Anniversary Tour

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MC – 2019

“At Claire Christian, I had a great experience shopping for my mother of the bride outfit. All members of staff went out of their way to please each time I came in to the store. Claire truly was the best, she made me the most beautiful dress and felt gorgeous on the day of my daughters wedding day.  From the selection of dress material to planning every details of the said dress.  

I couldn’t stop smiling that day, and highly recommend her shop”.

MG – 2019

“Can not say enough about Claire Christian.  I went to many places and was getting extremely frustrated.  I couldn’t have enjoyed my experience more than I did at Claire Christian.

Claire was absolutely fantastic and makes every person who walks through the door feel so special.  Such a wonderful experience.

If I could give ten stars I would. Thank you Claire”.

 

Sally Aston – 2019

“I have been lucky enough to shop at Claire Christian for a number of key pieces from casual wear to elegant and glamorous evening dresses and jumpsuits.

From the moment you walk in the store you feel extremely welcome with your very own personal shopper with Claire and Kenny assisting you in choosing the right clothes for that special occasion while taking into account what suits you as an individual, they take the time to tailor the clothing you buy to ensure that its a perfect fit.

She is an extremely talented designer and her evening wear collections are simply stunning and  she limits the numbers she produces to ensure they are unique pieces.

I would rate Claire Christian boutique as excellent and a visit to her shop in Douglas is a must for anyone looking for the perfect evening /occasion outfit or daytime wear.

Sally Aston, Head of Client Relations
Döhle Yachts

EH – Ongoing

“I am delighted to write a testimonial for Claire Christian.

Very early on, the CCC experience was a positive one with Claire providing a bespoke personal service supported by Kenny and the team. As well as buying items off the peg, Claire has made and on occasions adjusted in-collection designs to suit me personally which I really value. 

Last year I used the bespoke service for a new work wardrobe. It was a very inclusive and exciting experience involving a briefing session, designs review, fabric choice and then several fittings to achieve the best result and provide unique clothes. Following this, Claire and her team went the extra mile, when soon after completing the collection, she adjusted the clothes to accommodate a drop in size. This is what makes the CCC experience different – she cares about her clients and wants everyone to walk out feeling their best.

On a personal note, Claire is always fun and easy to collaborate with on projects. She has established a welcoming and comfortable environment in which to browse, discuss and try on her contemporary collections as well as making the shop a destination in Douglas e.g. Christmas pop-ups and fashion events. Having a designer with an impressive pedigree on the island is a major plus and adds to the overall Isle of Man offering. It is important to support businesses like CCC providing outstanding product and customer service”.

 

Oliver Cheshire – 2019

“The Claire Christian store is a very unique shop that we are proud to have in Douglas town centre.  On offer you can find a selection of local brands and also international brands curated by Claire.  Claire also provides a bespoke upmarket product specific for the Isle of Man customer.  The shop always looks fantastic, inside and out, which is a credit to Claire and her team. The window displays are always inspiring and make you want to come in for a closer look.  Whenever you visit the store, you are always greeted by welcoming, friendly and polite staff who go out of their way to assist.  

With Claire’s experience in the industry and her creative style, a visit to Claire Christian when in Douglas is a must”.  

Oliver Cheshire

Douglas Town Centre Manager

Heidi Dodkins – 2019

We are utterly proud to say we supply Claire Christian in the Isle of Man.   An absolute inspiration, Claire’s creativity and enthusiasm towards her work and our brand is nothing short of electric.  Claire is very honest and a pleasure to supply, paying on time, constantly being in communication and a complete treasure showing much interest season after season listing AMO Couture.

Heidi Dodkins

Founder & Creative Director

AMO Couture

GB – 2019

“I would like you to know how much I appreciated the excellent service you both provided when I needed a special outfit for my daughter’s Graduation Ball this year as well as an overseas wedding.   I had spent a long time trying to find the right outfits but there just wasn’t anything that I liked…..thank goodness I found you !!  

Your attention to detail, great communication skills, fabulous ideas, amazing fabrics made the whole experience exciting and you created two very special outfits which I love and everyone has commented on how beautifully designed they are !! 

When I visited your boutique I was always greeted with a very welcoming smile and nothing was too much trouble. I won’t hesitate to refer any of my family or friends to you and I can honestly say that I feel very lucky that the IOM has your wonderful bespoke services to use.    The cost of the outfits were very reasonable and I’ve paid more for off peg clothes that aren’t half as nice as your creations. 

I can’t thank you enough and I am looking forward to my next visit to your boutique”

Hester Crookall – 2019

“Claire is one exceptionally talented lady who knows how to make you feel good in her stunning designs

I love Claire’s pieces as they are totally bespoke, they fit beautifully and they are timeless.  Her workmanship is outstanding.  Claire understands how to work with her clients and provides seamless (excuse the pun), top-notch customer service.

I can thoroughly recommend Claire”.

SD – Ongoing

“I am absolutely delighted to be in a position support Claire through providing a testimonial for CCC.

From the outset of our relationship in 2013 Claire has consistently impressed me with her business acumen, her unwavering enthusiasm and, of course, her eye for style, quality and luxury. Clare’s success has been built on the fact that she has always had realistic business goals which has culminated in the opening of her beautiful and popular store in Victoria Street.

Coupled with her keen business sense, Claire’s client centric approach without doubt sets her head and shoulders above her peer group. I for one cannot praise her highly enough for the bespoke work that she has completed for me. I have worn Claire’s beautiful dresses etc. at work events across the world and I am always proud to say that I am lucky to know Claire and that I have my very own clothes designer to hand!

On a personal level Claire is without doubt one of the most generous and empathetic people I know. She has been a long-time supporter of the Manx Breast Cancer Support Group – making regular prize donations and supporting fund raising at numerous events…in typical Claire style, with lots of surprises and laughter”!

 

SH – Ongoing

“Claire Christian Couture have made a number of outfits for me over most of the time that Claire has been in business.

Claire and her team are always so friendly, welcoming and willing to go the extra mile for me.  I have  a few difficulties when buying clothes  as I have Lymphedema and the care and consideration that I receive from Claire has been wonderful.  She made me a very special coat when I went to Buckingham Palace to receive my MBE and I felt a million dollars!

I have had no hesitation in recommending Claire to friends of mine and feel confident that they will be as pleased as I am with this very personal service”.

Gemma Bowman – 2019

It was the 14th February 2019, Valentine’s Day and whilst I would normally be celebrating this with my fiancé he was away enjoying his stag do. So as I was well and truly on the countdown towards the wedding day set for the 17th April 2019, just 2 months to go to the big day. I spent the evening scouring the internet in an attempt to finalise the purchase of my 3 bridesmaids beautiful dresses. How easy I thought this task was going to be & oh how wrong I was!!!

From the beginning I had always said that I wanted each of them to have their own style dresses to showcase their individual personalities and gorgeous figures & a dress that they could always wear again in the future. They all provided me 3 different options of dresses that they liked and off I went to buy them. Unbeknown to me that the suppliers from all over the world the majority of which would not allow you to buy and then return any unwanted dresses. Instead you are either left to keep the dresses, sell them on or return and get credit to buy something else. What on earth was I going to do with potentially 6 dresses that I didn’t need, panic started to set in thinking OMG I have 2 months left and not 1 bridesmaid dress!!! At this rate they would be walking down the aisle of Peckforton Castle in their underwear…..

 My Mum on the other hand had been much more organised than me & for the last 4 months I had been going to Claire Christian Couture as she was getting her Mother of Bride dress bespoke made. I called Claire the next day outlining my dilemma in the hopes that she could somehow in less than 2 months, design, complete fittings & make 3 individual bridesmaids dresses. Claire could tell instantly how worked up I was about it and whilst she knew what task that she & Kenny had ahead of her she agreed that she would be able to do this for me. A huge sigh of relief and the weight was lifted off my shoulders, my bridesmaids wouldn’t be walking down the aisle in their underwear.

 Claire with the immense support from Kenny could not have been more accommodating to work round their busy schedule for other clients to arrange the initial meeting with me & my bridesmaids. Claire took the time to fully understand what the theme of the wedding was to ensure that the dresses fully fitted in line with what I was looking to achieve. Claire spent the time to go through each of the styles & designs that my bridesmaids had come prepared with that they felt most suit their shapes & personalities. Claire explained in great detail the steps & timeline to all of us to put us each at ease. This was an experience that none of us had ever been through having a bespoke dress made for such a special occasion. Following the initial consultation took away all of the ideas and we had a follow up consultation where she had designed 3 different dresses for each of the bridesmaids. Each dress Claire explained how it would look, feel & fit and presented the options of the material and provided us samples so that I knew that the colour would suit the colour scheme of the wedding.

 Claire proceeded to make a mock-up of the dresses for each of the initial fittings with each of the bridesmaids and in these fitting she could not have been more attentive, ensuring that they fitted perfectly & tweaked before making them up in the actual material. I can honestly say how professional, welcoming & how special she made each of my bridesmaids feel. As ladies we all have hang ups about certain aspects of our bodies and she totally put my bridesmaids at ease about how they felt and accentuate the areas they felt most comfortable with.

After weeks of fittings, touching ups & the most beautiful embellishments being added the dresses were ready & most importantly in time for us to leave the island and travel to the UK for the wedding. They were each beautifully presented in their own dress bags with their own individual name tags.

 I cannot begin to express how eternally grateful I am to both Claire & Kenny for being so accommodating & friendly and for the exceptional work of designing and making these stunning & individual dresses for my 3 beautiful bridesmaids. I would highly recommend Claire Christian Couture for the exceptional and personal experience that I & my bridesmaids were provided with. It is also so nice to help and support an fantastic local businesses on the Isle of Man one thing that Claire is very passionate about.

Claire you are a fabulous designer, the one on one personal service shines through your beautiful smile.

 Thank you from the bottom of my heart!

 Gemma

Marco Leonetti – 2019

“I have known Claire for several years and have styled hair for her fabulous models for her fashion shows which she has singly choreographed and managed to an amazingly high standard . During my own professional career i have been involved with big hair / fashion shows so I can expertly comment on Claire’s tremendous passion and drive to not only present her visionary clothing brand but to be able to generate an island enthusiasm for charitable fund raising …. simply is an inspiration”!

Marco Leonetti
CREATIVE DIRECTOR
UTOPIA HAIR SALONS

RH – 2019

“Claire Christian the epitome of style and glamour on the Isle of Man ! 

I had a number of bespoke pieces made for a very special occasion and the whole experience from start to finish was amazing and so professional. Claire and her team went over and beyond in ensuring that each piece was perfect, from the fit and fabulous fabrics to the last minute finishing touches ! I was thrilled ! It’s also amazing for the last minute pieces of the shelf, for a holiday or an evening out !

The island is very lucky to have such couture style on its high street”.

 

BILLEE SAADE – 2019

“As fashion lecturer here at University college Isle of Man I  write in support of the contribution you have made in the education of so many of my fashion students, both past and present. You have provided internship opportunities and also employment over the years since starting your business.   You provide a valuable insight into the business at industry standards.

In my opinion, Claire Christian Couture is the only truly professional fashion company here on the island providing internships comparable to any national or international company I have experienced in my own career as a designer. 

You have welcomed a big variety of students from many aspects of fashion such as  garment technology & production, fashion styling, illustration, fashion graphics to name but a  few.   My feedback from students has always been positive. It is a delight for me to see how our young fashion creatives mature both professionally and professionally as a result of the experience and to see how they progress onto wonderful things in this exciting industry.

In addition to this you have been an excellent role model who has shared your knowledge and skills so generously, always setting high standards of outstanding quality and expectation, instilling this at an early age in fashion is priceless, as we both know! 

I am extremely grateful for all that you do,  and on behalf of myself, colleagues and students acknowledge your valuable contribution with extreme gratitude and admiration”. 

Billee Saade

Fashion Lecturer Isle of Man College

 

JO – 2019

I went to Claire Christian to have an evening dress made for a special occasion.  The service from start to finish was amazing!  Both Claire and Kenny were fantastic throughout.  During my first appointment Claire spoke to me about my likes and dislikes, and spent so much time listening and making sure that I was happy with everything!  After just one fitting, the final dress was amazing, I felt a million dollars in it!  I felt like I was in sex in the city!  Everything was so professional and a great experience.  I’d highly recommend Claire Christian for your special event or even just the wonderful product available at the boutique.  

 

Jamie Kneen – 2019

“I was lucky enough to intern for Claire for 6 months before I went to study fashion design at university. I also returned to intern during the summer holidays after my first year.

Being at Claire Christian Couture allowed me to gather a wealth of knowledge around every aspect of the fashion industry, from the initial design and research of a collection to the choice of fabrics and then onto the production and finishing, along side bespoke, couture pieces for specific clients. Thanks to this head start before going to university it put me at a massive advantage to some of my classmates who had never had this opportunity.

It is is such an exciting environment where creativity and individualistic thinking is nurtured and encouraged, being so rewarding and unique to the Isle of Man.

I have been able to hone and learn endless amounts about my craft from both Claire and Kenny who are both so incredible at what they do and such wonderful teachers. I envy anyone who will intern with Claire in the future as I know what an invaluable and exciting journey on which they are about to embark”.

Jamie Kneen – 2nd year student studying Fashion Design at Bath University

Sarah Giummri – 2018

“What can I say? When it comes to an all-round shopping experience… well, nothing compares.

I have been fortunate to be a customer at Claire Christian for both retail and couture clothing over the past several years. The experience is so much better, more personal and professional than any I have experienced in the UK or farther afield. Claire and her team have an expertise and attention to detail that belies their friendly and approachable customer service rapport.

When you walk in to the shop you are transported, into a world class experience, exquisite fashion, sumptuous surroundings and a real haven away from the feel of a busy Douglas high street. There simply isn’t anywhere on the island offering her level of customer service when it come to any type of retail. The Abbey was privileged to host her team for a fashion show which was run with such extreme professionalism and zest, I knew then what a huge asset she would become to the Isle of Man.

I became a customer of Claire Christian around the time they took the leap to open the new outlet. As a business woman myself, I felt it would be of more personal gain for Claire to downsize and move her couture business to her home and see clients there for a really easy life without commitment to Douglas high street or the island at all, but I could see that she was far too passionate for that, too passionate for her product, her customers and for the Isle of Man.

When the new store opened I was quite ashamed of myself…I had tried to convince Claire not to bother, and why? Now the Island has a world class fashion hub for both couture and retail products, a beautiful shop and shop front and a passionate member of local business and entrepreneur groups to boot. I was concerned the personal touch would be lost…

Silly me, I still receive the personal touch of hand wrapped deliveries of gorgeous purchases and thoughtful suggestions when I’m too busy to visit. When my eighty year old grandmother (a lifelong fashion lover) visited, the team made her fell like the most glamorous woman alive and even altered and posted out a pair of red trousers to the UK, free of charge. How lucky the Island is to have her.

I’d love to recommend Claire Christian for recognition so that others would be inspired to follow in her bright yellow five inch platform’d footsteps….but who are we kidding?

 She’s one in a million”.

 

Sarah Giummri

Bravo foods ltd

Bravo Homes ltd

IG – 2018

“Over the last years I have spent many happy times in Claire’s shop. Claire and Kenny are always very welcoming, they make you feel special and have helped me with clothes for all different occasions.

All of the garments make me feel beautiful and elegant.  I have received many compliments wearing CCC and people often say I couldn’t have bought them on the Isle of Man! 

We are very lucky having CCC on our island”!

FB – 2018

“I fell in love with Claire Christian’s designs when I was fortunate enough to model for one of her collections in 2015, I got to experience the luxury and distinctive styles of these garments first hand. I knew then, that if I ever got married I would want to walk down the aisle in a bespoke Claire Christian Couture gown… and that’s what I did!

Having moved to South Africa before I got married it proved a bit challenging having your wedding dress designed half way across the world. But Claire and her team were amazing in accommodating me and creating the most amazing dress a bride could have asked for!   From sketch to actualisation- the process was seamless; the fittings were always filled with tears of joy as I saw her visions come to life. Claire didn’t just design my wedding dress, she had played a huge part in making my special day the most remarkable day of my life.

Forever thankful”!

CS – 2018

“I had the pleasure of meeting Claire and asked her make my mother of the bride outfit. I was initially a little nervous as I had never had an outfit specifically made for me. I was immediately put at ease and I can honestly say I felt so welcome.  I had several fittings before my outfit was finished, l looked forward to every appointment.  Claire very kindly helped me with advice for shoes and bag which saved me so much time.  My outfit was perfect (even though i am not a size eight/ten) I felt so special in my outfit on the day and received so many compliments.

I would recommend anyone go to see Claire for an amazing experience.  Lovely lady just keep doing what you do so well”.

BR – 2018

“Claire Christian designed a ball dress for me last year. I wanted something different and Claire was superb.  She worked within my given budget and provided me with a huge selection of stunning fabrics.  She chose styles that would suit my figure. We set up fitting appointments upfront which ensured a smooth and timely finish. I was thrilled with the professional end result.

An added bonus was having the boutique to choose accessories, assisted by Claire’s tasteful eye. I would highly recommend Claire Christian”.

 

AJ – 2018

“Claire is such a talented designer! Her clothing is incredibly creative, well designed and beautifully crafted. She puts so much thought and care into the whole experience, from the design sketches, sourcing just the right material swatches, fun filled fittings, down to walking out of her shop door with a fabulous frock on your arm and a smile on your face.  

Claire, you are brilliant, kind and supremely gifted”.

Lucy Wall – 2018

“I had the opportunity to intern with Claire the summer before I began my University degree studying Marketing, I had an incredible experience at Claire Christian Couture.

Claire is a remarkable designer and so skilled at her trade. Both Claire and Kenny supported me throughout my internship and constantly empowered me to produce my best work. Claire helped me to find my love for marketing which in turn influenced my choice of University modules. Whilst working with Claire she continued to encourage me to develop my skills across all areas of the business, from social media marketing to pattern cutting! This variety of opportunities all within one internship is so unique to the Isle of Man and to Claire Christian.

The main learning I took away from my internship with Claire is the importance of customer service and providing high quality at all times for your customer. This is something I believe Claire is very passionate about and it is represented in the work she creates daily. 

Interning for Claire was a truly exceptional experience and one that I always remember fondly”.

Lucy Wall – Final year student at De Montfort University

DK – 2018

“My daughter was getting married and I was getting quite stressed looking for an outfit.  I knew what I wanted but could not find it anywhere.  Claire came to my rescue and I can not thank her enough.  Both Claire and Kenny made me feel at ease and took time to find out about the wedding and my style likes and dislikes and importantly my budget.  Claire then produced a number of different design options and material suggestions.  During the whole process of making my dress I felt that Claire and Kenny were professional, friendly, honest and non judgmental.  

A final fitting the week before the wedding meant that the dress fitted my perfectly I felt so comfortable and at ease the whole day.  The first time I have had something made to measure and completely unique and certainly will not be the last time.  

We are so lucky to have the very talented Claire Christian on this Island”.

 

We would like to thank all our customers and collaborators over the past 7 years, without your support we would not be here.  Every client is important to us, if you would like to make a testimonial, please drop us an email, to enquiries@clairechristiancouture.com.

 

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