All the ingredients you need for the most luxe Kentucky Derby ever

The Kentucky Derby is this weekend, and for anyone who has left planning his or her trip to the last minute, we’ve rounded up some ideas for how you can celebrate the “most exciting two minutes in sports” like a bona fide one-percenter.


A fabulous hat: Our suggestion for your hat this season is actually a (somewhat) economical one: rent it. Of course, you don’t want to just rent it from just anywhere. Armarium, a luxury rental clothing retailer, is offering a selection of Derby-appropriate fashions, like this “violet exotic garden” topper from Eric Javits. Though its retail price is $6,000, you can rent it for $650, which is actually kind of a deal since you’re only going to wear it once anyway.

A mint julep: Before you leave for your trip, be sure to reserve your silver or gold mint julep cup, from Woodford Reserve. The cup ranges from $1,000 to $2,500 — depending on which color you choose — and the proceeds go on to benefit the Kentucky Derby Museum.

Fly Private: Sentient Jet is offering private jets (obviously) to the Derby for members and non members alike. Though the company says the price of the trip depends on where you are coming from and how much you are looking to spend, we can imagine it is pricey (a 25-hour annual card with the company costs $125,000). The trip also gets you access to a complimentary breakfast on Derby Day prepared by Bobby Flay.

Stay at the Brown Hotel: The grand hotel is one of the most luxurious places to stay in the city. Built in 1923, the Brown has recently received a $12 million renovation, and guests can enjoy fine dining (including the legendary “Hot Brown” dish), the fitness center, and — most importantly — an easy 15 minute drive to Churchill Downs. We hope you made your reservation already, though; rooms are totally sold out for the Derby.

Party at Unbridled Eve Gala: The horses may be sleeping the night before the Derby, but that doesn’t mean you have to! The Unbridled Eve Gala is the exclusive lead-up event to the race, where VIP guests try out their formal wear in preparation for the more fun and colorful outfits they’ll break out the next day.

Watch from the Mansion: If you’re going to watch the Derby, you better do it in style. The Mansion at Churchill Down is the most exclusive seat in the house, and it’s invite only so you better know the right people in order to go. According to a CNBC article from 2015, the seat costs a whopping $13,000-a-person to rent, and only 296 people are allowed to buy them (there are actually 333 seats, but several are held back in case VIPs want to attend).