Equine-inspired fashion and décor are nothing new, but accessories created by an actual horse are another matter.
Metro Meteor once raced at Belmont and Saratoga before a leg injury ended his career. Although the Thoroughbred no longer can be ridden due to the severity of his injury, owner Ron Krajewski channeled the retired horse's abundant energy and taught him how to paint with a brush.
Krajewski chooses the colors for him, but Metro Meteor holds the brush in his teeth and applies brush to canvas. His work, available online at Paintedbymetro.com, features vibrant, abstract strokes and sells for hundreds of dollars.
Now, reproductions of Metro Meteor's designs are available on eco-friendly totes, decorative pillows and wall décor.
The Metro Eco-decor Collection is available at Dreamgreenusa.com. Prices range from $59.99 to $299, and proceeds go to support Metro Meteor's recovery and the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program.
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Emily Sandford, who blogs about fashion and weight loss as Skinny Emmie, will host a Gwynnie Bee party and sample sale Saturday.
Gwynnie Bee is an online plus-size retailer that rents out fashions for sizes 10 to 32. Gently worn items for sale Saturday will include styles from Kiyonna, Igigi, Karen Kane and Jamie. Everything will be $20 or less.
The event is 1 to 4 p.m. at The Serif Group, 250 Walton Avenue, Suite 160. Snacks and mimosas will be served.
■ The second annual Gilt.com Designer Outlet will be open to the public Friday through May 21 at 5073 Shelbyville Road in Louisville. Luxury men's, women's and children's apparel and accessories, plus home goods, will be discounted up to 90 percent off retail prices.
Thousands of items will be on sale at this pop-up store; brands will include Zac Posen, Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka and Missoni.
Gilt.com, the online luxury retailer, opened a distribution center in Shepherdsville, just outside Louisville, in 2010.
■ Lucille Jackson of Hunter's Hatters announced last year that it was the store's last Derby, time to retire. But Jackson is back for another year to sell hats at her store, 140 Deweese Street, through May 2.
"I wanted to make it to 30 years," she explained. "And this is the 30th year."
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, or call for an appointment: (859) 252-6360 or (859) 421-9862.
■ Adelé, 445 South Ashland Avenue, will host a trunk show of Bourbon & Boweties bangles from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday. Designer Carley Och will be there with her handmade bracelets featuring wrapped wire and semi-precious stones, coins or shotgun shells.
Then, Saturday through Monday, a trunk show of jewelry by Honey Rose & K will be featured. Designer Meredith Piccin of Columbus takes vintage finds and transforms them into modern accessories. Honey Rose & K's pieces have been featured in People Style Watch and Lucky magazines.
■ Mulberry & Lime at 216 North Limestone will host a Peacock Alley trunk show Thursday through Sunday. During the show, customers will get a 15 percent discount on orders of the company's bedding and bed and bath products.
■ The University of Kentucky Hospitality Management Association and Merchandising Apparel and Textiles Club will host their annual Color Me Spring Fashion Show on Friday.
Doors open at 7 p.m. at UK's E.S. Good Barn. The event includes a silent auction, refreshments and hors d'oeuvres. The show starts at 7:45. Tickets are $25. Call (859) 257-4917.