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Sperry Top-sider Rolling out Retail Stores

Hello-Hello. Happy-Happy Wednesday!

Please forgive our brevity, we are coping once again with Apple/iMac software issues. As in our first struggle, we are dealing with this.

If not easily remedied, the corner condo here at Princess InterGalactic HQ may need a sign like this:

That is all.


We share good news for Sperry Top-sider fans: the brand’s first three retail stores open soon in Tampa, Orlando and Boca Raton, according to this story in Women’s Wear Daily.

Courtesy Photo via WWD.com

The next communities to have Sperry stores, Dallas and Kansas City. The company plans to continue its expansion into apparel and accessories. Below left, a women’s Polo Shirt; on the right the Full Sail bag.

Options for the MOTH (Man Of The House) at your castle include the Mako Short and the Pilot Performance Vest.

The retail stores will have a nautical feel, as one would expect with this brand.

Courtesy Photo via GQ

Some readers may recall that Sperry has collaborated on a line with Band of Outsiders. Above, a look at this spring’s group via GQ.

This partnership provides the perfect segue into our next newsbrief.


The Boy by Band of Outsiders show at Fashion Week.

Nothing really knocked our socks off, in part because we simply aren’t in a frame of mind to ponder anything remotely related to winter, other than the obvious reminders outside.

We adore the nautically inspired coat, but the rust plaid pants are eerily reminiscent of the late 1970’s.  This is a frightening prospect.


We have a brief update to to our continuing coverage of Team USA’s Olympic uniforms; Polo Ralph Lauren exec and PR pooh-bah David Lauren went to Vancouver to see the uniforms firsthand.

Courtesy photo via WWD.com

He wrote a brief column for WWD on his trip and reaction to seeing his company’s designs in action:

“The opening ceremony on Friday was incredible. Watching Team USA take to the stage in their Ralph Lauren uniforms was a proud moment for us. And it was great to see the diverse fashion for each country’s team.”

One more update on Team USA opening ceremony uniforms: anyone looking for the oh-so-popular Fair Isle Knit Hat is likely to be disappointed by news that the company doesn’t plan to manufacture more.

Polo Ralph Lauren

We did spot one on eBay, as of this writing the bidding was approximately $350.


Finally, while probably not news to most readers (it did happen 18 hours ago) we thought it appropriate to update the Westminster story with the news that a Scottie won Best in Show last evening. Congratulations to Roundtown Mercedes Of Maryscot, or Sadie as she is more commonly called.


It is never easy coping with the media.

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Did anyone else watching howl at this sight in one of the commercials running in the show?

Courtesy Pedigree.com

These images are from the new advertising campaign Pedigree is using to promote a doggy dental product.


Denture Your Dog” promotes Dentastix, allowing anyone to upload a photo of the family pet, and give them an amazing smile. Pet owners can select from denture styles dubbed “Bling Bling” to “Dogula”. We selected “The Biggin'” smile for Silly Tilly.

Click here to see her new and improved smile.  (She even raps.)

Until next time, may your day be filled with grins and giggles.


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Opening Ceremonies & Most Popular Polo Ralph Lauren Item?


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Welcome to a special Saturday edition of the Princess blog.

It was night filled with spectacular lighting and breathtaking visuals.  We gasped when the snowboarder exploded from the Olympic rings.

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And adored the bear.

Jerry Lampen/Reuters

It was also a night marked by sadness.


The Georgian delegation had eight athletes competing in the games as of Friday morning.

Leon Neal

The group was only seven strong last night, and a world away a family mourns.

The sense of loss was clearly shared.

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And marked in several ways at the Opening Ceremony.

Mike Blake/Reuters

Perhaps the parade of nations was not as exuberant as in previous years, but the evening still held excitement and joy for many.

Some nations send large delegations, like Britain.

Amy Sancetta/AP

And Russia…

Charlie Riedel/AP

While others are not so big, like South Africa.

Amy Sancetta/AP South Africa

And Pakistan.

Mark Baker/AP

The oldest athlete led Mexico’s delegation, 51-year-old Hubertus Von Hohenlohe.

Mark Baker/AP

Bermuda’s shorts surprised…

And we loved the pants worn by the Czech Republic.

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A crowd favorite: Jamaica’s Errol Kerr.

Charlie Riedel/AP

The American delegation was welcomed warmly by our Canadian neighbors.

David Gray/Reuters

Team USA was led by Mark Grimmette.

Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

Mr. Grimmette is participating in his fifth Olympics, a jaw-dropping accomplishment.

The NY Times was live-blogging the event; here is a snippet from Inside the Rings, a NY Times Olympic blog:

“A huge roar from the crowd came as the United States delegation walked in, looking dapper in red jackets and white pants from Ralph Lauren. Mark Grimmette, a luge athlete, is waving the American flag as he leads the group. — Juliet Macur”

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“But this year, the march was a little more decorous, if still joyful — although a few still snapped some souvenir shots…. American officials have worked in recent years to instill in the athletes a sense of dignity of the moment. — Katie Thomas”

Snowboarder Shaun White reveled in the moment.

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As did fellow snowboarder Kelly Clarkson.

John Gichigi/AP

The Polo Ralph Lauren uniforms looked good.

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Right down to the boots.

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For those interested in the Team USA opening ceremony uniforms, a reminder that most of the components are available for purchase at the Polo Ralph Lauren site, in Women’s, Men’s, Girl’s and Boy’s sizing.

Fair warning: it appears one of the most popular items may be sold out.

Polo Ralph Lauren

The Fair Isle Knit Hat is no longer on the PRL website but everything else seems to be available. If interested in purchasing what our athletes will wear in the closing ceremonies, sooner might be better than later. Below, the Shawl Collar Cardigan.

Polo Ralph Lauren

For more on the uniforms, click here to see our post detailing the designs.  The PRL site is loaded with other Olympic content, including athlete profiles.

As tradition dictates, the last team into the stadium is the Host nation.

David Gray/Reuters

The Canadian team was a sea of red, greeted with an enormous ovation.  Their uniforms are created by the Hudson’s Bay Company.

Courtesy Hudson's Bay Company

Waiting to enter the arena.

John Gichigi/Pool/Reuters

Growing up across the river from Canada afforded us the luxury of visiting regularly; multiple excursions later in life to Toronto, Montreal and other parts of the country have sown a deep respect and affection for our neighbors to the north.

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Last night only enhanced these perceptions.

Seeing #99 with the torch was splendid.

And that little mechanical crisis hiccup detracted not at all from the evening.

Jae C. Hong/AP

From beginning to end…

David Gray/AP

It was a night to remember.


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