Manx designer Claire Christian has launched her own ‘luxury’ women’s fashion brand.
Claire was educated in the Isle of Man at both King William’s College and Ballakermeen High School and returned to the island to set up her business venture.
After having spent 18 years in London working for iconic British global luxury brand Burberry, and other top fashion houses such as Hardy Amies, dressmaker to the Queen, and to Melissa Odabash, luxury swimwear designer, Claire Christian Couture Ltd opened its doors to customers in April 2013.
‘It is a luxury women’s wear brand dedicated to providing exceptional customer experiences,’ explained creative and company director Claire, whose creative vision is ‘a playful take on modern classics, individually, beautifully made, allowing each customer a creative connection to the designer’.
Customers can be confident they will never see the same dress on another person or at the same event, said Claire.
Due to the success of the business, on December 22, 2013, the website clairechristiancouture.com was launched showcasing Claire’s first Spring/Summer 2014 cruise collection, selling internationally. The collection specialises in red carpet wear, evening wear, crystal embellished pieces and seasonal pieces for all occasions.
Claire said: ‘I believe fashion is so much more than the clothes you wear. It’s the spirit with which they’re designed and made, the detail that shows care and attention and the experience of wearing something that can transform your mood. It’s an art, a luxury and a lifestyle.
‘Drawing from my experiences of working with some of the best people in the fashion industry, my mantra is couture in design, quality and service.
‘From my home and showroom in the Isle of Man, I aim to go above and beyond expectations, creating beautifully engineered garments.’
She added: ‘My dream is to create a special experience for women of all shapes and sizes – a world of luxurious fabrics and design, tailored just to them, as I believe that every woman should have a little luxury in her life. Modern, trend-led but also catering for classic red carpet and evening wear, the brand is famed for wardrobe staples, hero pieces and proudly designing and making everything by hand right here in the British Isles.’
Her collection is soon to branch into other product categories, such as knitwear, and jeans.
The future for Claire Christian Couture holds many opportunities for young people to gain real fashion industry experience here in the island, said Claire, who has one design assistant already, Peel resident Alanna Maclean, and also takes on regular internships throughout the year. For more information call 614160 or visit clairechristiancouture.com