Vineyard Vines is branching out beyond its nautical roots.
The Connecticut-based brand will reveal today that it has signed a three-year licensing deal with Churchill Downs Racetrack to create an official fashion collection for its storied Kentucky Derby race. As “Official Style of the Kentucky Derby,” Vineyard Vines will create a custom-designed line of apparel and accessories for men and women that will debut in April. It will include sport coats, shirts, ties and belts for men; dresses, tops, scarves, hats and handbags for women, and sportswear for both genders. The collection will be sold at the 13 Vineyard Vines freestanding stores, select department and specialty stores nationwide, as well as through the official Kentucky Derby online store and online.
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