noted that while the practice is often
"funny," she emphasized that clothes should
never be forced on any animal that gets stressed when
designer Ralph Lauren has dressed dogs in his high-end
label. Collaborating with the American Society for the
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the fashion icon put
his designer clothes on shelter and rescue dogs for a
successful and innovative "The Dog Walk"
campaign in 2013. All of the dogs in the show were
this stage, the Crosiers appear to have captured the
Pittsburgh market for high-end pet clothes.
started doing this because I thought it was cute and
because many of the clothes sold in stores are poor
quality," Suzanne Crosier said.
make pet clothes for all occasions, Halloween,
Thanksgiving and Christmas being the busiest seasons.
They have had orders for dog dresses for Hanukkah and
Passover, and one customer ordered a fancy dress for
what she called " a doggy prom."
addition to bridal outfits, they make bridesmaid and
flower girl dresses for canine members of the wedding
party and tuxedos and bow ties for male dogs.
Crosiers also make pajamas and fleece coats, often with
the logos of Steelers and other sports teams. Prices
range from $15 to $60, and their website offers sales
year the couple added rhinestone collars in a wide array
of colors. They’re $20 for small dogs and $30 for
Crosiers do most of their selling on the Internet but
said they also do a good business at pet expos, where
customers can try the clothes on their pets. At such
shows, the Crosiers are able to measure pets for a
custom fit. Fluffy or Fido will get the outfit in the
mail in about a week.
Crosier works full time at the Port Authority of
Allegheny County. Suzanne recently retired from her
hospital nursing job to work on their growing business.
She does all of the sewing and embroidering. He cuts
patterns, makes the jeweled collars and handles the
packing and shipping.
business has customers from all over the United States
as well as Canada, Australia, China, Korea and the
terriers, Maltese, Shih Tzu, poodles, cocker spaniels
and pugs appear to be their best customers, but the
couple said they can tailor for most breeds.
models on their website and Facebook page are the
Crosiers’ dogs: three Yorkshire terriers — Tootsie,
4, Boomer, 11 months, and Trixie, 19 weeks old — and a
Chihuahua-papillon mix named Ozzie, 5.
and Ozzie are males and model hoodies and denim overalls
that were added to the line when customers demanded more
clothes for male pets.
popular denim overalls cost $30 and "are a lot more
work than the dresses," Suzanne said.
of the chic boutique dresses are for dogs weighing 30
pounds or less. But adjustments can be made to the
patterns — lengthened for the long bodies of
dachshunds, for instance. Patterns have been modified to
fit two 60-pound bulldogs and for a smallish Labrador
retriever that "works" in a West Coast day
care center, Suzanne said.
dog dresses are so beautiful that the Crosiers often are
asked if the same dresses can be made for customers’
children and grandchildren.
tell them, ‘No, not unless you want their butts to
hang out,’" Suzanne said.