About Us


Brooklyn Derby is on a mission to ingrain within you two simple truths:

  1. The Kentucky Derby is ALWAYS the first Saturday in May. So go ahead and mark your calendars from here until eternity.
  2. We believe all the things that make Derby Day so great, from festive fashions to our favorite bourbons, are worth celebrating 365 days a year.

This site is dedicated to the the guiding principle "Living Every Day Like the First Saturday in May." It's a place to collect all things Derby, which, for a start, means all things hats, horses, and bourbon. If you have an idea for a person, place or thing we should cover here, please get in touch!

Brooklyn Derby was started by three roommates, Jessi Arrington, Josh Stewart, and Louisville-native Creighton Mershon, in a small apartment in New York City in 2003. That first year, it was merely a handful of friends drinking juleps, wearing hats, eating Benedictine, and watching a race. As years passed and the party outgrew the apartment, the graphic design company Jessi, Josh, and Creighton founded, WORKSHOP, began hosting the event as a way to impart our organization’s personality and values. In 2012, Casson Rosenblatt was added to the official organizing body. Brooklyn Derby has moved to larger and larger venues and multiplied in size to over 500 revelers. But it is still lovingly held in the same spirit - good food, good drink, good people, good fun.

In case you missed them, here are photos from 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, and 2007.