Streetwear brand Homme+Femme is back with its second collection with premiere horse racing institution Churchill Downs that honors the African American horseman’s history in the Kentucky Derby. The brand pulled inspiration from the rich history of Black jockeys. In fact, 15 of the first 28 Kentucky Derbies were won by Black jockeys.
After visiting the Louisville racetrack in 2022, Homme+Femme designer Drew Evans felt inspired by the Southern city and put that inspiration into this latest drop. Throughout the collection and campaign images, you see the fusion of streetwear and Southern prep, which includes varsity jackets, cardigans, crewneck sweatshirts, T-shirts and hats, with prices ranging up to $600.
“Being able to share our unknown African American history that our community may not have known about through expression and creativity means the world to me. So much history goes forgotten and we are still impacting the Derby to this day," shared Evans. "Collaborating with Churchill Downs means a lot to me; the brand is one of the world's most prestigious and historic sporting institutes. Only a few chosen brands are able to participate and for them to work with us and give us an opportunity for the second time continues to put confidence into me and my team.”
“I am beyond excited to continue to tell the story of the African American horseman and the African American community's impact on the Derby through the clothing we have created,” he added.