Actress and TV host Vanessa Lachey was on hand to help Crocs celebrate the opening of its flagship on 34th Street in New York City last week. The day kicked off with a ribbon cutting ceremony outside the store where Lachey was joined by Crocs execs Dan Hart (chief legal and administrative officer), Dale Bathum (chief product officer) and Greg Sullivan (general manager of the Americas) and 34th Street Store Manager Mario Caruso.
Project Runway All Stars winner Mondo Guerra celebrated the launch of Mondo Guerra for Crocs last Thursday while hosting a viewing party for Under the Gunn at the new Crocs’ store on 34th Street in New York City. The limited edition line, which hits shelves in September, will be sold exclusively at the store while supplies last. Featuring Guerra’s signature bold patterns on some of the brand’s most popular flats, the collection consists of three styles that retail from $39.99 to $49.99.
In an interview with Details, Mario Batali has revealed that Crocs is discontinuing the bright-orange clogs which have become the chef’s signature footwear. “They’re gonna stop the Mario Batali orange! It’s preposterous!” he exclaimed, adding that he has placed a final order for 200 pairs. And while Crocs is indeed discontinuing the bright-orange clog beloved by Batali, the chef’s namesake line of Bistro Mario Batali Vent Clogs will still be available, and additional designs are in the works.
Crocs Inc., the makers of those infamous perforated plastic clogs, announced Friday that 18 Chinese counterfeiters were sentenced to more than 46 years in prison for selling 128,752 pairs of knockoffs. More than $9.6 million worth of shoes were confiscated by officials. “If you attempt to produce or sell infringing Crocs products, we are going to find you,” warns Dan Hart, chief legal and administrative officer.
George Boedecker, one of the three founders of Crocs, was busted for a DUI over the weekend when police found him passed out in his Porsche in Boulder, CO. The 51-year-old initially tried to blame his intoxicated state on singer-songwriter Taylor Swift, who he claimed was his girlfriend, and proceeeded to label as “batsh*t crazy.” (Swift is currently dating Conor Kennedy.) As if that wasn’t bad enough, Boedecker wasn’t even wearing Crocs at the time.
Crocs, Inc. has announced it will donate $5 for each pair of shoes sold online at www.crocs.com and at the brand’s Colorado retail stores from July 24 to July 31 to aid the victims of the Aurora, CO shooting. The donations will be made through Crocs Cares, the clog company’s corporate social responsibility program, to the Aurora Victim Relief Fund through www.givingfirst.org.
In the giving spirit this summer, Benjamin Lovell Shoes, a retailer with six locations in the Delaware Valley and Baltimore, presented over 100 children with a brand-new pair of Crocs, through the Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY) organization. A team of volunteers fit each child with a fresh pair at a North Philadelphia recreation center and playground, outfitting the kids to run and play in the park’s water features.