With a New Line of Suits, Formal Wear and Even (Ruff!) Lingerie, Any Hound Can Put on the Dog
updated 10/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
Robles, a 34-year-old interior decorator, and Ulloa, a 40-year-old part-time real estate agent, got the idea for Haut Dog after Ulloa's mother, Jane Piatt, gave a trench coat to Ulloa's 6-year-old schnauzer. Now any aspiring hound can have a similar trench coat—complete with a Sherlock Bones hat in lizard lamé, which matches the coat's lining—for $115. "I don't know why anyone would purchase things like that," says Lyle Benjamin of the Humane Society of Greater Miami. "I think this is a waste of money. I can see a sweater in cold weather, but not this. Besides, I don't know how the animals would feel."
They'd feel grrrrreat, says Robles, who admits that she spends between $15,000 to $20,000 a year on her own clothes. "I feel more expensive in a $200 silk blouse than in Fortrel," reasons the canine couturier. "Dogs have the same feelings."