Ask and Y'ALL shall receive.....more Y'ALL gear. We're teaching you how to be epic southern crushers, one Y'all sweatshirt at a time. You asked for more Y'all apparel and we're filling the order. The world wants to see us crush Yale with Y'all and we're ready for it, friends. So this week we're doing a massive restock of your favorite line to make sure you're decked out for fall, Kentucky-for-Kentucky style. Fill your closet while you can: Y'all sweatshirts, t-shirts, kids gear, and fresh-to-death raglans. Yes, you can have it all.
Fun goes down this Friday September 19th at 10am on our website.
Fall is here and you need a new sweatshirt. In addition to the big Y'ALL restock going down on Friday, we'll also be dropping these fresh new 'Bluegrass State' old school pennant sweatshirts.
Words by Hannah Legris and photos by Stanley Sievers
Welcome back to Kindergarten, friends—Kentucky for Kentucky-style, that is. Which means this school is way cooler than your Kindergarten. In fact, it kicks ass. With the iconography of the Commonwealth in mind, we’ve had hometown crusher Rachael Sinclair draft a specialty version of a children’s eye chart. Complete with the outlines of Kentucky’s great symbols—the state itself, goldenrod, a horse head, a (fried) chicken, a bourbon barrel, banjo, My Old Kentucky Home, and jockey silks—this will be the ultimate litmus test to ensure that you’ve raised a tried and true Kentuckian.
Referencing the LEA symbols test—still used as a means of pediatric eye assessment for very young children—these Kentucky for Kentucky optotypes will make measuring your child’s vision fun and patriotic. Alternately, if you’ve been hitting that bourbon a little too hard this eye chart is a quality means of assessing just how drunk you really are. Kentucky Eye Charts. Good for kids. Good for you. Good for Kentucky.
Designed by Rachael Sinclair and printed by Tim Jones in Lexington, Kentucky on 12 1/2” x 19” French Paper Company Paper, a limited edition signed and numbered run of 50 prints: $20
Photos by Cassie Lopez and words by Hannah Legris
We’ve been searching far and wide for some old Kentucky highway maps for a new batch of our famous vintage Kentucky map prints. We can’t keep em in stock and they’re getting harder and harder to find. After several months of seeking and acquiring these sweet old Kentucky highway maps, we’re finally ready to release a new batch. Actually two new beautiful batches. We put Tim Jones to work and had him pull two of our favorite quotes to give to you this Friday in celebration of everything Kentucky and to kick off the start of Kentucky Heritage Bourbon Month. Thank you, Andrew Jackson and Jesse Stuart. Thank you Tim Jones and Bryan Patrick Todd. Thank you Kentucky and Kentuckians. Each map print we make is unique, and they've never been know to last long, so mark your calendars for Friday, September 5th at 10am if you're looking to call dibs on one of these Kentucky Wonders before the well runs dry.
First up, we celebrate Jesse Stuart and his amazing quote about Kentucky being the heart of America. Designed by Bryan Patrick Todd in Louisville. Printed with love by Tim Jones in Lexington. We’ll only have about 40 of these available. They go on sale this Friday at 10:00am. These vintage maps date back to anywhere from 1940 to 1980 and they are all in good condition. Sizes vary, but most are around 16" x 26". Act fast, map prints never last long.
“If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” - Jesse Stuart
September is National Bourbon month, friends, and that means we’re getting ready to pour a couple of tall drinks and get down to business celebrating one of the finest spirits in all the land. This week, as a preview to all the cocktails the Kentucky for Kentucky team is about to mix here in the office, we’ve gathered up a special collection of 47 drink recipes curated by the Brown Foreman Distillery Company of Louisville, Kentucky. A collection that dates back to 1934.
Founded in 1870 by George Garvin Brown, the Brown-Forman Company is responsible for bringing you spirits known all through the world, including Woodford Reserve, Jack Daniels, and Old Forester. One of the most prestigious companies of central Kentucky, Brown Forman has been mixing up one strong cocktail after another for over a century.
This cocktail book measures in at a small 2”x4” but is a discovery that’s going to serve us all up right with 47 delicious bourbon cocktails. Published a year after the repeal of the 18th amendment, this little book gave Kentuckians a go-to guide for mixing bourbon—and now we’re ready to crack into the archives and let this little guide transport us back to our roots.
These drinks were some of the favorite elixirs of the 1930s—and they’re still just as delicious today. Get out the shakers, strainers, shot glasses, and jiggers, freeze yourself the freshest of ice, and line up the liquor, because we’re giving you a few throw-back recipes to make September a month to remember.
On Friday, August 29th at 10am we’re launching a whole new take on the images of the Commonwealth. Thoroughbred Printing ran this first edition print of ‘Kentucky Icons’ – and more treasures are yet to come. These posters measure in at 18” x 24” and are printed on French Paper Company Paper. At $25 these prints are a steal.
To begin this new line, we asked Kentucky for Kentucky superstar Jeremy Booth to design a ‘Kentucky Icons’ poster laden with a heavy dose of old-fashioned American charm—and with that idea in mind, he stood and delivered. Hearkening back to the good ole days of boy scouts, camp, and summers outside of the city, this collection of Kentucky icons has a wide reach. Booth provided a little background on his design inspiration: “I wanted to make the badges flat and simple. Something pleasing to the eye, easy to understand, and fun. The inspiration came from a personal project I had done in the past of a small collection of camp icons.”
After gathering up a little research on all things Kentucky, Booth got to work crafting 20 iconic images that speak to the simple wonders of the Commonwealth. When asked about what kind of statement this collection makes as a whole, he explained, “This collection to me says that Kentucky is simple, fun, and that we have a ton going on in the great Commonwealth.” We couldn’t agree more, Jeremy; there’s certainly a lot of celebrate when it comes to Kentucky.
Reminiscent of a classic scout badges, our ‘Kentucky Icons’ showcase a wide range of natural and cultural wonders using contemporary, streamlined illustration style. From Cumberland Falls to bars of gold to Lincoln’s top hat to barns and cheeseburgers, we’ve got the...
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All that glitters is gold, friends—at least here at Kentucky for Kentucky. After the success of our sterling silver Kentucky necklaces, we decided to get a little lush and offer you another classic alternative: 14-carat gold plated Kentucky state necklaces made with reserves we swiped from Ft. Knox. These kick-ass Kentucky necklaces were handcrafted by Meghan Carroll of Meg C Jewelry Gallery here in Lexington, Kentucky, and they promise to please. This week, we’ll have 25 limited-edition necklaces on sale for a cool $100. Score one for yourself or for the woman you love in our shop on Friday August 15th at 10am.
Thanks to a tip from The Jesse Stuart Foundation, we discovered several eloquent quotes from one of the most thoughtful and prolific writers of Kentucky. And we’ve created a heavenly marriage between the hand of Bryan Patrick Todd and the pen of Jesse Stuart so that this week’s print may grace the walls of your old Kentucky home. We’ll have a limited run of 250 hand-pulled screenprints for sale at 10am on Friday, August 8th – so you’ll have to be quick. Light blue and white ink, printed on 18” x 24” French Paper Company Paper, these are high-quality Kentucky gems. But before you get a copy in your hands, take a moment and open your heart to the story of Jesse Stuart, an original born and bred kick-ass Kentuckian.
The bard of Appalachia, Jesse Hilton Stuart was born in Greenup County’s W-Hollow, northwest of Ashland, Kentucky, in 1906. He would live in that holler for all but a handful of his seventy-seven years. The second of seven children of illiterate sharecroppers, Jesse was well accustomed to subsistence living in his childhood. He quit school at age twelve to work full time – and we may never have heard of him if he hadn’t gone back to school at age sixteen.
Jesse was an educator throughout his life: he was fond of saying, “First, last, and always, I am a teacher.” Fittingly, he got his first teaching gig before he even graduated high school. He worked as teacher and principal at various schools, both before and after his literary career gained momentum. Stuart’s bestselling book is The Thread That Runs So True, his memoir about teaching in a one-room schoolhouse. He also served several terms as Greenup County school superintendent, and taught...
This week, we’re launching our Jesse Stuart print designed by Bryan Patrick Todd, a kick-ass Kentuckian and expert hand-lettering artist who worked his magic with the iconic quote “If these United States can be called a body, then Kentucky can be called its heart.” On Friday, August 8th we have 250 limited-edition hand-pulled screen prints going on sale at 10am for $30 each. Get them while you can because these prints won’t last long. Before you get yours, it’s time to tell a little tale about the designer himself.
Louisville-based artist Bryan Patrick Todd may have a weakness for Kentucky bourbon and barbecue, but his passion runs toward lettering, and, particularly, vintage-style signage. For his line of work, Todd explains, new designs can be located in the everyday: “For inspiration I love looking at old signage wherever I go. Getting my mind away from the workspace has always proven to be the most helpful way to get myself out of a rut, or get hit with a good idea.”
Since he began teaching himself how to become a designer six years ago, Bryan Patrick Todd’s public and private work has flourished in Louisville, a vibrant city full of incredible food, drink, parks galleries and music. The feel of the city has very much shaped the type of work Todd has been able to create and his general professional trajectory, “It’s a city that takes leisure time seriously, and I mean that in the best way. I very much feel a part of the creative community. People from here are really proud to show the city off and I think that’s definitely shown through in some of the work I’ve done.”
Bryan also feels that the distinctive identity of the larger state...