Fashion virtuoso Patrice Catan
Born Patrice Catanzarite, Patrice Catan-Alberty, is an entrepreneur in the bridal business. She credits her career success to her father, who opened his first small artificial flower store in 1954. The fledgling business Pat Catanzarite began was the seed that grew into Pat
Catan’s Craft Centers, one of the country’s largest importers, manufacturers and wholesalers of crafts and craft-related products, now with 20 stores in Ohio and Pennsylvania. Growing up in the Great Depression and serving in World War II taught Mr. Catan the value of hard work and dedication. The Pat Catan family still carries on those same traditions and values today. In 1988, Mrs Catan approached her father with a new idea. A designer by trade, she wanted to open a bridal salon. With her father’s enthusiastic support, she launched Catan Bridal in 1990, with a 2,000 square-foot store. From its modest beginnings, Catan Fashions is now the country’s largest bridal store, with 54,000 square feet of space that includes a runway, three salons, 65 dressing rooms and 27 seamstresses for alterations. She and Chukie Serna, who has been her assistant for 13 years, do all of the buying at bridal markets in New York, Chicago and beyond. She has earned numerous business awards, including the Gold Award for Best Bridal Retail, every year since 2003. Mrs. Catan is keeping her father’s legacy alive through the philanthropic organization he started for children, the Pat Catan Foundation. One of the group’s funding recipients was Strongsville, home of the new Pat Catan Strongsville High School Stadium.
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Catan Fashions – Wedding and Special Occasion dress experts
Catan Fashions has been providing beautiful wedding and special occasion attire to its clients since 1990. We specialize in wedding couture gowns, wedding dresses, mothers of the bride and groom, bridesmaids, special occasion dresses, cocktail dresses, prom dresses, flower girl dresses, communion dresses and pageant gowns. Catan Fashions also provides wedding and fashion accessories that include veils, head pieces, shoes, purses, jewelry and so much more. Catan’s is the largest bridal salon in the country and a premier wedding destination for brides to be and fashionistos everywhere!