In case it hasn't been made abundantly clear this week, Southerners are really, really into the Kentucky Derby. But in all the ado about hats, it's easy to forget that race day is a showcase for dapper men's fashion as well.
Kentucky Derby Party at Billy Reid
April 26, 12-3 p.m.
2702 Westheimer Rd.
Enter Billy Reid, the Alabama-based designer whose work represents a thoughtful, modern take on traditional Southern style. Reid was tapped to design the 2015 Woodford Reserve $1,000 Mint Julep Cup, an opulent drinking vessel in silver and gold, engraved with a "thrown rose" pattern that Reid found in a book about the early days of the Derby.
The thrown rose motif so inspired Reid that he also adapted the pattern into a silk jacquard in two color schemes—red on black and white on khaki—for a limited-edition Derby collection of ties, bowties, pocket squares and scarves.
If that wasn't reason enough for a celebration, it so happens that this weekend is also the third anniversary of Reid's Houston store, a charming renovated bungalow on Westheimer that's the perfect spot for an old-fashioned hootnanny. In addition to official Woodford Reserve mint juleps, the party—taking place on Sunday afternoon from noon to 3 p.m.—will also feature Kentucky Derby-inspired bites prepared by Charles Clark of Clark Cooper Concepts (Brasserie 19, Coppa, Punk's, etc.)