Excerpts from the speech of Mrs. Laurence Rénier,
Mayor of Aubigny-sur-Nère during the official launch of the Berry Tribute tartan in May 2016:
And then there’s Chrystel, Lady Chrystel, or should I say the fairy Chrystel, always discreet, hiding behind her pygmalion Robert, but what a talent! fingers of gold, fingers of magic, an impressive capacity for work, an attentive mother, a joie de vivre, a creator of immense talent. Chrystel and Robert your installation in Pays Fort is a great blessing! I told you, I want your talent to be highlighted, I have some ideas on the subject…
By Yves Fromion, former deputy-mayor of Aubigny-sur-Nère, present that day:
I wish miles of tartan would drape the buttocks of hundreds of Scotland and Berry lovers.
I wanted to thank you for the quality of your work.
For a long time, I wanted to own a kilt and thanks to you,
my wish has come true.
I couldn’t dream of a more beautiful wedding
and I wore my kilt with great pride.
Congratulations and thank you.
Lord Levaast of Blackwood – Gard – France
President of the association “Alba Clann Society” – Member of the Guardians of Dalmore
Member of The Ardbeg Committee – Member of the Club des Amis des Classic Malts
Hope your doing fine.
Just wanted to tell you that he items arrived today… And I am very Satisfied with the work.
Well done and keep it up always
That’s exactly what I wanted.
Neither traditional nor conventional.
Gard – France
I’ve finally got a chance to sit down and post that I got the Package with my garments
and I am absolutely floored by how excellent they all are.
I’m so very pleased with them.
I can’t wait to order something from you again.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!
Jon Y. N. Jr
When I returned from my trip, I found a package from you waiting for me on my work table. When I opened it, I was elated.
A marvel of jabot and cuffs. Simply a marvel!
I will try to send you a photo of me wearing your creations at the opening night of the Metropolitan Opera on September 23rd!
New York, USA
I just received my kilt in the mail this morning. When I saw, as already, the packaging was super neat, I told myself that its container must be well worth it! Also, I hastened to put it on.
It is a pure marvel! I’m very happy ! Again, a thousand thanks and congratulations for the finesse of your work and your marvelous talent.
The kilt arrived this Friday. I was struck by the care you took for the packaging; the kilt hadn’t been wrinkled at all from the trip. This is a very beautiful book that embodies everything I hoped for and more.
Finally, thank you for this creation.
It is overwhelming.
I am left speechless.
Lancashire – England
Everyone found your work remarkable and that the result is particularly harmonious and elegant.
In any case, I feel very good like this!
Here are a few photos of the kilt I have ordered from you.
It as traveled through Scotland on the footsteps of its origins.
Many thanks to you Chrystel,
you are an awesome genius!
Seine et Marne – France
The kilt has arrived this morning…
True happiness !
Lightyears away from my first PV kilt from Pakistan, in all regards. Truely excellent work ; congratulations. Again I would like to thank you for the delays. I will thus be able to were it next Sunday for my birthday.
I will soon contact you for a jacket to wear with it.
” Honneur et fidélité “
Meurthe et Moselle – France
Salut, Madame Chrystel,
Le jour du gilet est arrivé. C’est magnifique. Merci bien.
Il incarne tous les traits de personnalité que les Ecossais admirent chez la belle France : bien fait et très élégant.
Quand on le porte on rappelle l’Ecosse des montagnes, des lacs et des anciens châteaux, un ancien pays réminescent des nuits pluvieuses avec un verre de scotch dans la main.
Beannach – Ecoss
My wish to own the Harley Davidson tartan led me, by chance, to the site of a Kiltmaker, French moreover:
Lady Chrystel herself.
She was immediately enthralled by the challenge. She then convinced her husband Robert Amyot to take part into the quest. His mastering the English language allowed him to deal with several authorities and this led up to the weaving of my so desired tartan!
Regularly wearing the kilt, it was only natural that I ordered the Aubigny-sur-Nère tartan and the Franc-Comtois tartan. I wished to escape from the conventional kilt pleating. So, I ordered my three kilts all in differents pleatings:
Box (Aubigny-sur-Nère), Kingussie (Heritage Sequane tartan Franc-Comtois) and Double Box (Harley Davidson).
And it was personally that I made the trip to Haute-Savoie to pick up my order. The welcome was very warm, and the day passed in a friendly atmosphere. Today, it is with great impatience that I am waiting for my fourth kilt, Military Rolled folding in Norwegian Night tartan.
I wanted to express my warmest thanks and show all my admiration for this magnificent work carried out by Lady Chrystel, underlining in this respect that it is very appreciable to be kept regularly informed of the evolution of the manufacture of the clothes ordered.
When I got the idea to create my own tartan, came of course the question of who was going to make my kilt?
The choice was easy when my friend Odd Henrik Brembo ( kilt-no )
recommended Chrystel. She has now become the “Court Kilt Maker” for the Norwegian Night tartan.
What excited me was all the different ways she folds kilt on, not just the knife pleating. What fascinates me is how wonderful work she does. The dialogue in the future garment you order, makes you long for the kilt from the moment you have handed over your measurements and until the garment arrives at the post office.
It has been made many kilts, vests and skirts in Norwegian Night and in many varieties. That so many people also think it is a beautiful tartan has made me so incredibly proud, and without Chrystel’s talent hardly nobody would ever know about the NN-tartan.
Richard W K
Fredrikstad – Norvège
Here’s my new kilt, a splendid tartan Robertson red, straight from the artist’s hands of our friend Lady Chrystel!
It’s absolutely maginficent, of which I am rightly proud.
The Double Box pleat is very pleasant, and moves in a very elegant manner.
It wears beautifully. Nothing compares to it !
Normandie – France
Thank you very much for this tweed kilt and waistcoat, very expertly made.
They fit me wonderfully and are very comfortable for strolling in the countryside.
I would recommend them to all outdoor kilt lovers for
Lady Chrystel’s Double Box Tweed is really exceptional!
And I mean it!
Normandie – France
It is my favourite kilt, and my 1st hand sewn.
My wife loves the double box pleats and I get the impression that she wouldn’t argue if I ever wanted to order another! The fit is perfect and amazingly comfortable, much more than my off the rack kilts. I think I also prefer the one buckle inside, one outside arrangement as well. Everything about this is top-notch, and I will definitely order another in the future. I also have on a set of hose tops from Lady Chrystel as well and these are delightful.
I am also very happy with them. I must say, I received a lot of compliments the whole evening!
Thank You Chrystel and Robert!
New York – USA
The double box pleating is a joy to wear. It’s light weight, and it still has the swish and swing that so many of us enjoy.
It is fully lined. The workmanship is second to none. I own, or have seen and handled full blown traditionals and box pleated kilts from all the top kiltmakers.
Lady Chrystel’s abilities will stand up to any of them. Barb, Wally, Matt, Kathy – watch out, there’s some new competition for the high-end kilt.
The fit is superb! Any of you will not go wrong if you order one of Lady Crystel’s masterpieces.
The other thing that I ordered from her was a lace Jabot and Cuff set. These too, are well made and easy to use. I am a truly very pleased customer, and I don’t think this kilt will be the last that she makes for me.
Californie – USA
The only things I still needed to complete the costume were the jabot with its matching cuffs; I got them… from Lady Chrystel; they are absolutely wonderful and I look forward to having them in my collection.
Thanks again for the wonderful work; I will treasure these things.
I have just received my Tweed Double Box Bunker from Lady Chrystel. Let me just say it my new favourite thing in the whole world.
I ordered the tweed from KingCraig Fabrics; 22oz.
tweed from Brora. I then had it sent directly to Lady Chrystel who then worked her magic.
If you are thinking about a tweed kilt definitely think about
Lady Chrystel herself.
Massachusetts – USA
I was so very keen to have one of her unique garment….
The tailoring is perfect; the fit is also perfect; I am truly delighted with it and I will now be getting my skates on to select the material for my second order from this talented lady.
Thank you Chrystel, and thank you Robert for inspiring me with the photos you have posted of your kilts.
Life member: The Scottish Tartans Authority
Life member : The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society
Member : The Ardbeg Committee
Things couldn’t have started more perfectly when, on leaving my house, I was stopped by a neighbor who is used to seeing me wearing a kilt. She told me that this one was particularly becoming.
I had bought the fabric right here in Scotland, in Selkirk, at Lochcarron, and I sent it to France to be transformed into a box pleated kilt by Lady Chrystel.
I can therefore only warmly recommend the work of Lady Chrystel; the kilt she made me with the Weathered Hunting Cunningham woven by Lochcarron and which I had sent to her is absolutely fabulous. I may have the pleasure of seeing you wear a similar one when you come to Scotland.
Borders – Scotland