Fashion View: Kevin Yates & Katie Kelty

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune.

Photo by CHRIS HUMPHREYS | The Voice-Tribune.

The Chic Sheet

What inspired you to create Bourbon Built?
Katie: Kevin and I have been bouncing ideas off each other for several years, and we both knew we wanted to work together. One day, Kevin pitched the name Bourbon Built. I was immediately struck by the name, so we set out to create a brand that could live up to such a strong name.

What do you think sets Bourbon Built apart from other local clothing brands?
Kevin: The bourbon industry has profoundly shaped Louisville and Kentucky over the past 200 years. We wanted to establish a brand that celebrated the legacy of bourbon and its evolving culture.

What is your fashion view?
Katie: Presentation and comfort. If you are well put-together, you will feel good about yourself.
Kevin: Fashion is an art form. Some people claim they are not concerned with fashion, but rather style. However, I think fashion allows you to construct your own style.

How is your fashion view reflected in the designs you create for Bourbon Built?
Katie: The shirts we choose are comfortable and versatile. They can be worn with jeans to a football game or paired with a sweater or jacket for a night out on the town. Whether it’s our prints or our clothing, we want our products to be well-designed and reasonably priced.
Kevin: Bourbon is a powerful fashion inspiration. Thinking of bourbon can take your mind from hard-working men and women on the frontier to Don Draper in a well-tailored suit, drinking an Old-Fashioned. We draw from that wide breadth of imagery and culture as we create our designs.

What is on the horizon for Bourbon Built?
Katie: We are just getting started and having a blast. We are excited about spring/summer, and we will be offering a new line of products. You can find our products at Gifthorse in NuLu, 15 Ounce Premium Denim in St. Matthews, Consider Boutique in the Highlands and online at
Kevin: Our products are now also available at Acorn Apparel in the Highlands and Cartwheels in St. Matthews.

Miranda Rogers McDonald is the author of When Miranda isn’t blogging about fashion or flexing her social media muscle, she is spending time with her husband and feisty Chihuahua, Niles. She believes in celebrating the smaller things in life, such as good wine and food, an interesting book and sitting on patios while enjoying conversations with her closest friends. She strives to one day join the ranks of the fashion editors that she idolizes, and to show the world that a girl from Kentucky knows a little something about style.