June 26, 2015

How cool is Prince George in his Crocs?

The Eye’s spies in the United Kingdom didn’t have to look too far to spot the latest fashion coup for Niwot-based Crocs Inc.: British tabloids, as well as various U.S. media, are replete with reports of Prince George sporting the love-them-or-hate-them sandals.

The prince, 11 months old, wore the shoes while watching a polo match in Gloucestershire, England. So respected is the prince’s fashion sense that sales of Crocs soared sixteenfold on Amazon.com, according to the Express. Here’s a sampling of headlines from British and U.S. media:

• “Top of the Crocs: How Prince George has sent sales of sandals soaring” – the Express.

• “Has Prince George made Crocs the hottest shoe of the summer? £26.99 footwear sells out after stylish tot is spotted wearing them at the polo” – Daily Mail

• “Prince George, Fashion Icon: the Young Royal Inspires a Run on Crocs” – Glamour

• “Prince George Wears Crocs Shoes to Polo Match: Does This Mean They’re Officially Adorable?” – Us Weekly

• “Prince George Swaps Knee Socks for $30 Crocs to Watch His Dad Play Polo” – People

The Eye reminds readers of how the media greeted then-President George W. Bush when he was spotted wearing Crocs back in 2007:

• “By Executive Order, Crocs Aren’t Chic” — Washington Post

• “George W. Bush caught wearing Crocs” — Stylist.com

• “The Great Socks and Crocs Debate” — CBS News

Is this a double standard, or is the prince just that much cuter than the former president? Are socks and Crocs — a combination the president sometimes wore — just a fashion no-no? The Eye takes no position and is watching for the next Crocs conquest: Queen Elizabeth II.

The Eye spotted the Otterside and a sister catamaran in the British Virgin Islands, along with a significant number of Otters, i.e., employees of Fort Collins-based Otter Products LLC.

Who knew that Otters need a boat?

Otters are everywhere. But so is The Eye. In early June, The Eye spotted multiple Otters – employees of Fort Collins-based Otter Products LLC – in the British Virgin Islands. Otter, of course, makes the ever-popular OtterBox cases for iPhones, iPads, and Samsung devices.

Two catamarans – the Otterside and the Ottertude – were spied at the Soper’s Hole Marina on Tortola, and one of the catamarans, with Otter founder and chairman Curt Richardson aboard, was seen coming out of the channel at Anegada.

It’s been said that Otter is taking over the world, and The Eye now has proof. But who would have thought that the British Virgin Islands would be next to fall?

‘Subaru Capital of the Nation’

There are many pretenders to the throne of “Subaru Capital of the Nation”: Vermont; Alaska; Seattle; Bend and Portland, Ore.; and Asheville, N.C. Each of those places represents a beautiful outdoors-oriented destination that meshes well with the Subaru culture.

But they’re only pretenders. Our friends at BusinessDen.com, a website for business news in the Mile High City, recently reported the real story. Denver has the most Subarus per capita of any large city in the country, with 40 Subarus per 1,000 residents, according to Subaru of America. (To be fair, Portland and Seattle are right behind, at 38 and 36 Subarus per 1,000 residents, BusinessDen.com reports.)

But that pales in comparison with the 77 Subarus per capita found in – where else? – Boulder. But could the Prius be far behind?

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