Shop Local Kentucky X Ivy Citizens


In pursuit of the softest, officially licensed University of Kentucky apparel, Shop Local Kentucky has partnered with Charlotte, North Carolina based Ivy Citizens apparel. The team at Ivy Citizens will be manufacturing in America, the buttery soft wares that have been a staple of Shop Local Kentucky's apparel line up for the past decade. The first of it's kind partnership, the new University of Kentucky apparel line will be manufactured in the United States and finished right here in Lexington, Kentucky. 

University of Kentucky Wildcat Shirts


This partnership also brings together two female entrepreneurs leading their businesses with Shop Local Kentucky's Joni Paynter and Ivy Citizen's Lisa Thompson. The partnership is truly a new way of working in the licensed apparel business and brings together months of work to create an authentically unique line of University of Kentucky apparel that can only be found at

The partnership allows manufacturing to be brought home to the USA, while printing and finishing will be executed in Kentucky. There are a few minor changes for this exclusive partnership that our customers may notice. For example, our trademark "Protect the bluegrass" sleeve patch will not be on any licensed University of Kentucky product due to licensing restrictions from the University of Kentucky. As our partnership progresses, we will be adding new USA made products to the lineup including sweatshirts, hoodies, and eventually youth sizes. 

The first pieces of the University of Kentucky line will be designed to mimic printing techniques and graphics from the 1980's and 90's bringing back classic Kentucky Wildcats logos. The collaboration is expected to go online, live for purchase on Wednesday, September 21 at 10AM at Quantities and stock are limited.