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Spotlight On:
The Kentucky Derby

The storied history of the derby comes to life every year on the first Saturday in May. Seas of seersucker and elegant hats flock to Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky each year to bet on this famous horse race. A time honored tradtion, the Kentucky Derby is the longest running sporting event in the United States! 

In 1872, the derby dream was born when Meriwether Lewis Clark attended the Epsom Derby in England and made friends with the French Jockey Club of the Grand Prix de Paris Longchamps. That trip sparked a mission to create an American spectacle, and on May 17th, 1895, Clark's dream became a reality with the opening of a racetrack and start of the first Kentucky Derby.

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"The most exciting two minutes in sports"

The run for the roses brings not only a fascinating horse race, but a show of extravagant fashion and prestigious attendants. Southern style is abound with seersucker, pearls, bowties and hats gracing the stands of this renowned event. The offical flower of the race is the rose, as the winner is presented a garland of 554 red roses. Our Rose Collection showcases several pieces that would be a perfect nod to this tradition. 

Show off your pastel best with a touch of pearl or celebrate the steeds with a sweet piece from our Equestrian Collection to look the part for the annual race, whether you are watching at home or at Churchill Downs! However you plan to watch, be sure to have a Mint Julep cocktail in hand. The Mint Julep has been the traditional beverage of Churchill Downs for over a century, they pour nearly 120,000 juleps over the race weekend each year!

See the easy recipe for a Mint Julep below:

Classic Mint
Julep Recipe

Ingredients needed:

Fresh mint
2 ounces bourbon
1/4 ounce simple syrup

(makes 1 cocktail)

Prep

1. In a Julep cup, lightly muddle mint leaves
in simple syrup.

2. Add bourbon and pack the glass tightly with ice.

3. Stir until cup is frosted on the outside.

4. Garnish with more mint!

Cheers and enjoy!

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Pull out your silver and embroidered linen or head to a local thrift or consignment shop to celebrate in timeless style. Pair it with horse motifs, pearl favorites, and rose pieces from our collection. We'd love to see how you style your derby day look!

Curated for you:

Derby Dreaming

Happy Racing,

The Susan Shaw Team


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