It's summertime Kentucky! That means you need to step up your sock game with some fresh new Kentucky summertime socks. We'll have a small batch of these amazing green and pink Kentucky socks available this Friday at 10am. They can be purchased on our website or you can pick up at the Kentucky Fun Mall (located at 720 Bryan Avenue Lexington KY 40505). Made in the USA. Only $12 a pair. Hell yeah.
Photo by Savanna Barnett
Kentucky kicks ass. There is so much awesomeness to explore here in the Bluegrass state. Southern Living recently wrote an article about ‘The Seven Wonders Of The South’ and three of those wonders were right here in Kentucky (Red River Gorge, Cumberland Falls and Mammoth Cave). Kentucky’s home to the world’s longest cave system, some of the best rock climbing in the world, and the most navigable waterways and streams in the Unites States. Forests cover 48% of the entire state. Hell yeah. You need get out there this summer and explore Kentucky’s awesomeness.
To help you stay hydrated on your Kentucky adventures, we’re excited to bring you these awesome stainless steel Mizu ‘Kentucky Kicks Ass’ water bottles.
Available on our website this Friday, May 22nd at 10am. You are also welcome to pick up at the Fun Mall (720 Bryan Avenue, Lexington, KY 40505) between 10am-5pm. Limited quantities of each size.
Details: Available in two sizes (600ml for $20, 800ml for $21). 18/8 Food Grade Stainless Steel. Lifetime Warranty. 100% Reusable & Recyclable. 100% BPA FREE.
“Mizu is the Japanese word for water and the company is dedicated to Protecting Where We Play by providing innovative reusable containers that help reduce waste created by single-use bottles and cups. Mizu's core mission is to provide active people with smart hydration and drink ware options so that we can go have fun and feel good about it. Mizu partner brands include Nixon, Volcom, Electric, CAPiTA, Poler, Roark, Girl & Chocolate Skateboards and Burton. The Mizu family spans the globe and includes action sports industry veterans and professional athletes that are unified by a passion for our sports and a deeply seeded respect for the oceans, mountains and cities we play in. We call this living a #mizulife.” - Mizu
Once again, our ‘Scents Of The Commonwealth’ candles got hot and sold out in just a few minutes. Hot like American Pharoah. Hot like fried chicken. Hot like a Double Down sandwich. Hot like Kentucky. Everyone wants their home to smell like Kentucky. Everyone wants their homes to smell like fried chicken and KFC’s Double Down sandwich. Thank you JLaw. Thank you committed ER Doctor George Clooney. Most importantly, thank you Kentucky for being the first to fry chicken.
This past week, these amazing Kentucky scented candles have been featured on CNN, Mashable, Huffington Post, IGN, Paste Magazine, Thrillist, The Late Late Show, Food & Wine Magazine, The Metro, The Mirror and a ton of other news outlets. We even had Sports Center’s Darren Rovell tweeting about 'em. Everyone loves our new Double Down scented candles!
If you missed out on buying one of our Double Down or Fried Chicken candles (we’ve received your numerous emails and phone calls), don’t worry we’ve got more on the way. We spoke with Kathy Werking and she’s down to fry up some more chicken and make us a few more candles. Fried chicken and Double Down candles for everyone, at least 100 of you. On Wednesday May 20th at 10am we’ll begin pre-selling 100 of the Fried Chicken candles and 100 of the Double Down candles. Please allow two to three weeks for frying and shipping. Good luck!
So you want to feel the presence of a double down sandwich, but it's mysteriously vanished from the KFC menu again. What a...
It’s time to party Kentucky, the ‘Official Socks of Horse Breeding’ have arrived! Celebrate Kentucky’s awesome $4 billion horse industry with these amazing new socks depicting two thoroughbred horses making sweet Kentucky love. While most of Kentucky (and the world) tends to celebrate horse racing and eventing, we feel there’s a huge opportunity for us to celebrate the breeding. Why celebrate horse breeding? Because breeding is awesome. It’s enjoyable to the horses, just as it is to humans. It also brings in a boatload of cash, around a billion dollars annually. Horse breeding accounts for a majority of the jobs provided by the horse industry here in Kentucky. It takes a lot of man power to handle all of that horse power. Hot damn! Come on y’all, let’s celebrate horse sex… with these socks!
Details: Available on Friday May 15th at 10am on our website. Made in the USA. Only $12 pair.
Need a last minute Mother's Day gift for your kick-ass Kentucky mother? Swing by the Kentucky for Kentucky Fun Mall this Friday May 8th between 11-5 and get her something awesome. Or just get yourself something awesome.
Our mission is to engage and inform the world by promoting Kentucky people, places, and products. Back in November of 2013, we added "scents" to that mission statement when we dropped a small batch of our now famous ‘Scents Of The Commonwealth’ candles, a magnificent line of candles that smell like the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
We’re excited to announce our ’Scents Of The Commonwealth’ candles are back and better than ever! Once again we’ve collaborated with Kentucky’s most prolific candle maker, Kathy Werking, to bring you four amazing Kentucky scented soy wax candles; a Double Down candle (New), a Hot Brown candle (New), a Mint Julep candle and our world famous Fried Chicken candle. All available this Friday, May 8th at 10am on our website.
Again, we've paired her project up with Rachael Sinclair, who designed hand-drawn labels that illustrate the sweetest sides of Kentucky. And who doesn't want to light up a room with the nostalgic scents of Hot Browns, Fried Chicken, Mint Juleps and KFC’s Double Down sandwich? This creative collaboration sparked some heavenly aromas that will easily sweep you away to an Old Kentucky home away from home. We feel blessed, y'all.
*Only 25 candles of each scent will be available. Candles go on sale this Friday May 8th at 10:00am on our website. Made in Kentucky by Kathy Werking. Details below.
First conceived in 1923 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, the Hot Brown has inspired generations of messy sandwich enthusiasts the world over. Rather than slathering this candle in cheese whiz and calling it a day, Kathy opted to bring to life the herb infused turkey that is the real heart of the hot brown sandwich. Now you can have this comfort food staple in your old Kentucky kitchen, bathroom or bedside table....
The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent And Depraved was originally published in Scanlan's Monthly, vol. 1, no. 4, June 1970.
I got off the plane around midnight and no one spoke as I crossed the dark runway to the terminal. The air was thick and hot, like wandering into a steam bath. Inside, people hugged each other and shook hands...big grins and a whoop here and there: "By God! You old bastard! Good to see you, boy! Damn good...and I mean it!"
In the air-conditioned lounge I met a man from Houston who said his name was something or other--"but just call me Jimbo"--and he was here to get it on. "I'm ready for anything, by God! Anything at all. Yeah, what are you drinkin?" I ordered a Margarita with ice, but he wouldn't hear of it: "Naw, naw...what the hell kind of drink is that for Kentucky Derby time? What's wrong with you, boy?" He grinned and winked at the bartender. "Goddam, we gotta educate this boy. Get him some good whiskey..."
I shrugged. "Okay, a double Old Fitz on ice." Jimbo nodded his approval.
"Look." He tapped me on the arm to make sure I was listening. "I know this Derby crowd, I come here every year, and let me tell you one thing I've learned--this is no town to be giving people the impression you're some kind of faggot. Not in public, anyway. Shit, they'll roll you in a minute, knock you in the head and take every goddam cent you have."
I thanked him and fitted a Marlboro into my cigarette holder. "Say," he said, "you look like you might be in the horse business...am I right?"
"No," I said. "I'm a photographer."
"Oh yeah?" He eyed my ragged leather bag with new interest. "Is that what you...
Happy Derby week! Like any good Kentuckian, we love celebrating one of Kentucky’s finest traditions, “The Most Exciting Two Minutes in Sports.” We can’t think of a better way to honor this fine occasion than with a nod to kick-ass Kentuckian Hunter S. Thompson’s famous essay on the 1970 Kentucky Derby, “The Kentucky Derby Is Decadent and Depraved.” The piece first appeared in Scanlon’s Monthly that year, alongside Ralph Steadman’s illustrations (their first collaboration), and marked the beginnings of Gonzo journalism. You might remember another print we’ve released in past years honoring the essay.
This year, we’re keeping our Decadent and Depraved tradition alive with an epic new print from Ben Wade, an amazing young artist whose work you might recognize from other Kentucky for Kentucky releases, including “Coach Calipari and Rick Pitino Reimagined as Crips and Bloods.” Currently a University of Kentucky student and KY for KY intern, we’ve been absolutely blown away by Ben’s illustrations. When it came time to find an artist for one of our annual Derby prints, Ben was a no brainer. Get in early on his work, he’s going places.
In crafting the print, we asked Ben to read Thompson’s essay and bring it to life as he would imagine it in an epic illustration. The results are amazing. Ben knocked it out of the park. He basically created a ’Where’s Waldo’ out of the essay. What might be most impressive is that he captured the scene with less than half the booze and debauchery that fueled Thompson’s and Steadman’s work. We think these crazy ass prints would make Hunter proud. Get one while you can.
Purchase Information: A limited run of 500 prints will be available on Friday, May 1st at 10:00am on this here website....
Get ready Kentucky, the NoLi CDC’s Night Market is back! Back in action this Friday May 1st from 6-10pm. Hell yeah! An epic Northside evening of live music (STEAM Academy steel drum band), yummy craft beer (West Sixth), cool local vendors (like us), food trucks, 5,000 kick-ass Kentuckians (and a few tourists), fresh air, hip outdoor lighting (makes for great Instagram photos) and live Tinder-ing (love). Along with our friends at West Sixth Brewing, we’re a presenting sponsor. That means, we’ll have the most badass Kentucky for Kentucky Pop-Up-Shop you’ve ever seen (several amazing new Derby themed prints for sale). Serious, we'll have all sorts of new gear available. Come thirsty, hungry or naked... The Night Market will have you covered! Be sure to stop by and see us, even if just to say "sup y'all!"
What: NoLi Night Market
When: Friday, May 1st 6-10pm
Where: 700 Bryan Avenue Lex KY 40505
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, friends, and now is the time to remember your roots and honor all women with children. At 10am this Friday, May 1st, we launch a limited line of Meg C’s famous hand-crafted 100% sterling silver Kentucky necklaces and earrings in celebration of Mother’s Day and all of those amazing Kentucky mothers out there in the Commonwealth and beyond. Let’s not forget that Kentuckians invented Mother’s Day, and we’re insisting on keeping the holiday tradition strong – by giving you the best Commonwealth-inspired jewelry money could buy. Nothing says 'I love you mom' and 'I love you Kentucky' like Meg C's famous Kentucky necklaces, and her delicate new Kentucky stud earrings are sure to please every lady on your list.
Kentucky Necklaces! Show your Kentucky pride with these amazing Kentucky necklaces in sterling silver. Only $100. Made in Kentucky by Meg C Jewerly. Available at 10am this Friday, May 1st on our website.
Tiny Kentucky Studs! Show your Kentucky pride with theses tiny Kentucky shaped stud earrings in sterling silver. Sold as a pair. Only $100. Made in Kentucky by Meg C Jewerly. Available at 10am this Friday, May 1st on our website.
Words by Hannah LeGris. Photos by Savanna Barnett, Stanley Sievers and Meg C.