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5 Summer Closet Essentials

5 Summer Closet Essentials

Our team has been talking about all things summer for months and now summer is almost here FINALLY! We have been compiling our favorite summer trends and decided we just had to share with you what we think every Kappa Sig should have in their closet for summer. So let's jump into the 5 summer essentials we know you will be loving for summer 2021!

Ali’s Pick: Retro Letter Hoodie

Ali’s Why: I love a retro moment and you guys definitely love a retro moment based on how many retro designs you buy from us! And honestly, is it really possible to have too many hoodies in your closet? I don’t think so!

This is the same blank that we use for our best-selling sewn-on letter hoodies  except this time, instead of embroidering the Kappa Sigma letters on, we printed them! Just imagine wearing this hoodie to a bonfire this summer or snuggled up watching a movie at the drive-in. It’s simple, which I love, and it goes with everything, which I know you will love!

Kyla’s Pick: Color Block Rain Jacket 

Kyla’s Why: You are probably thinking that a rain jacket is very summery, but look at this rain jacket! It has bold colors and all the patriotic vibes you could want. It screams the perfect summer rain jacket! Here in Indy the rain picks up in the summer months and I am always grabbing for a cute insta worthy rain jacket that also isn’t going to have me overheating! 

This rain jacket is great for lake weekends, a cool summer night bonfire, or even hiking! It will be the perfect translation piece into fall and you’ll be wanting to make sure you pack it when you head back to campus. A jacket you can transition into multiple seasons is the perfect closet essential. I love the simple embroidery on the left chest and personally I live for any reason to buy something that is subtle patriotic. I promise this unexpected summer must have will be one that you are grabbing for all year and even when you are on campus! 

Plus, it will pair perfectly with any of your favorite Kappa Sig Comfort Colors Tees or one of the Retro Ball Caps that Emily loves!

Emily’s Pick: Retro Ball Cap 

Emily’s Why: During the summer, you can almost always find me in a ball cap, whether I’m heading out on a hike or to relax on the beach. Ball caps have both versatility and functionality - shielding my eyes from the sun, smoothing over a bad hair day, adding something fun to an outfit - the possibilities are endless! I especially love the embroidered, vintage detail on our Retro Ball Cap. It gives it that well-loved, effortless feel while still being trendy. Though this hat comes in 3 classic colors, I’m reaching for our vintage blue, a perfect shade that looks good on everyone. 

Ryan’s Pick: Comfort Colors Yellow Hot Rod Short Sleeve Tee 

Ryan’s Why: I've chosen the Comfort Colors Yellow Hot Rod Short Sleeve Tee as my summer must have item because what else makes you think of summer more than palm trees and a drive in a classic car! This is the perfect option for your next beach day or summer cookout. Enjoy the sunshine and warm summer weather in your Hot Rod Tee!

Becca’s Pick: Nike Classics Visor

Becca’s Why: After being shut indoors through winter and a chunk of spring, summer is the time to get outside and really soak up sun, so my summer top pick would be our Nike visor! Totally your preference on which color to go for, but this visor is such nice quality since it's such a well known brand. It’ll keep the sun out of your eyes but also let your head breathe! 

Besides, this visor can go between fun summer activities and look classy the entire time. Golf courses straight to dinner with friends, then back out on the town, you’ll be reaching for this visor over and over.

We know that no matter which of these 5 items you snag that you won't be disappointed. Make sure to let us know which of the summer essentials you will be adding to your closet!


Meet the Team: 
Ali - Graphic Designer
Ryan - Chief Marketing Officer 
Kyla - Customer Service
Becca - Graphic Designer
Emily - Summer Intern 

Must Do in Nashville

Must Do in Nashville

Grand Conclave is taking place in Music City and we couldn’t be more excited to take in all that Nashville has to offer! We know you are going to have a jam packed schedule, so we’ve put together the can’t-miss sites, places to eat, or instagram worthy photo spots in Music City.

Must See: 
Grand Ole Opry:
    • Experience the thrill of a live concert at Nashville’s premier country music stage, the world-renowned Grand Ole Opry. See new stars, superstars, and the legends of country music all in one evening. 
      Nashville Hop on Hop Off Trolley: 
        • This is the best of Nashville in 90 minutes. See over 100 points of interest with a stop at Bicentennial Square/Farmers’ Market. Learn about the famous and popular Nashville sights as you travel with live onboard commentary. It is the perfect option to get the most out of your free time during conclave
          Country Music Hall of Fame:
            • This is a Must See while in Nashville. You will get to explore the best of country music’s past and present with this Country Music Hall of Fame. Situated in the heart of downtown Nashville, this beautifully modern facility is known as the “Smithsonian of country music”. You won’t be sorry that you added this to your list of things to do while in Nashville!
              Music City Walk of Fame Park Demonbreun between 4th Ave S and Rep. John Lewis Way S 
                • The stars on the Music City Walk of Fame, spanning genres and generations, honor those that make, create, record, perform, and present music to and for the world. The Music City Walk of Fame is uniquely Nashville and completely Music City
                The Johnny Cash Museum:
                  • Located in the heart of downtown Nashville, The Johnny Cash Museum is dedicated to the life and music career of the late Man in Black.

                    Places to Eat: 

                    Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

                    • Hot Chicken is all Nashville locals talk about! We did our research and found that Hattie B’s is the best place according to Food Network to get your hands on infamous Hot Chicken.  You can order your bird in five different heat levels, from Southern (no spice) to Shut the Cluck Up (not for the faint of heart). They also offer comforting Southern sides.
                    Biscuit Love: 
                    • Here is another place where you will have to come early or be prepared to stand in a line that goes all the way down the street. Biscuit Love started as a food truck and now has three storefront locations. Everything from breakfast to lunch is completely made from scratch. Be prepared to visit biscuit heaven.
                    Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint: 
                    • Carrying  the torch for whole-hog barbecue is a dying art that Pat Martin aims to uphold through his barbecue restaurants in Nashville. With customized pits in each of his joints, Martin smokes whole hogs every day, serving up tangles of the sweet, smoky meat and charred bits by the platter.
                    Frothy Monkey: 
                    • A coffee shop unlike any other, the Frothy Monkey opened its doors in 2004 on 12 South in Nashville and is now spreading throughout Tennessee. Come for a cup of morning joe and stay for dinner. The Frothy Monkey offers quite the menu ranging from breakfast and coffee to dinner and late night snacks. 

                    Picture Spots: 

                    We Believe in Nashville Photo Spot (12 South) 
                    Pedestrian Bridge (near broadway)
                    The Parthenon (Centennial park)
                    • This  is a full-scale replica of the original Parthenon in Athens. It's massive and not only a perfect spot for a walk and outdoor time, but it can make some really cool pictures 
                    Acoustic Skyline: 

                    We are excited that Grand Conclave is taking place in Music City this year. No matter what you decide to do solo or with your brothers, we know that Grand Conclave is going to be an experience you won’t forget. We can’t wait to be a part of making lifelong memories and helping you commemorate this year's Grand Conclave! If you haven't yet registered for the 73rd Biennial Grand Conclave make sure to do it here and then get some new Kappa Sig gear before you head to Nashville!

                    Founding Fathers

                    Founding Fathers

                    With fathers day right around the corner, we couldn’t pass up the chance to take a look at the 5 founding fathers of Kappa Sigma. Each has impacted and left a legacy that we all still feel today. So let's get to know each of them a little better! 

                    William Grigsby McCormick: While attending the University of Virginia, he and 4 friends in his room 46 East Lawn founded Kappa Sigma. He left the University in 1870 to travel with his brother to Europe. He started his career working for McCormick Brothers & Findlay, and then started his own business selling insurance and real estate. He eventually formed a partnership that would create McCormick & Company to trade commodities on the Chicago Trade Board. In 1855 he joined the New York Stock Exchange. He and his wife Elenor, had 7 children!

                    George Miles Arnold: His time spent at the University of Virginia he studied Latin, French, and Mathematics. He is cited to have played an important role in the history of the fraternity since he wrote the constitution and served as the first Grand Master of Zeta Chapter. Before he withdrew from the university he started his studies in medicine, and continued his studies at the Medical College of New York. He lived and worked as a doctor in New York with his wife Minnie whom he had 8 children with, his son Robert Miles Arlond went on to join the Gamma-Zeta Chapter while he studied at New York University. 

                    Edmund Law Rogers, Jr.:The descendant of Martha Washington was a Baltimore native. Before attending the University of Virginia, he attended James Kinner Academy in Baltimore where he was classmates with Frank Courtney Nicodemus. He studied architecture and also developed an interest in acting while attending the University of Virginia. His interest for acting developed into a career in Stage Acting, he is noted to be a popular lead & supporting actor of his time. He succeeded Arnold as Grand Master of the Zeta Chapter. 

                    Frank Courtney Nicodemus: The lifelong Baltimore student attended James Kinnier Academy before attending the University of Virginia. In 1870 he joined his fathers business and left the University of Virginia. He and his father formed an investment and brokerage firm iof J.C Nicodemus & Son. Only four years later he formed the firm F.C Nicodemus & Company, a manufacturer of boilers, engines, and machinery. He also held the position as the Treasure of the Baltimore Post Office. His grandson Charles Nicodemus was a special initiate of Kappa Sigma and was initiated at the opening of the international headquarters in 2007. 

                    John Covert Boyd: The Surgeon and Medical Director in the United States Navy Medical Corp and one of the incorporators of the American Red Cross.  Born in South Carolina he spent his childhood at a private school in Charleston before attending the University of Virginia. He only spent 2 years at the University of Virginia studying medicine; he transferred to the University of the City of New York. He became a professor in the Navy Medical College where he compiled a book of instruction for medical officers.  In 1905 he was appointed by President Roosevelt as one of the Board of Incorporators of the American Red Cross. 


                    It is no surprise that with these 5 founding fathers setting the precedent for every brother that joins Kappa Sigma after them. Choosing Kappa Sigma is more than joining a fraternity; you are joining a family. It is a life changing decision that thanks to these five friends and founding fathers will change your life.

                    Finding Your Perfect Graduation Stole

                    Finding Your Perfect Graduation Stole

                    Graduation is upon us and soon you will be putting on your graduation robes and caps to make your final walk at commencement.  However, have you considered the option to wear a graduation stole that brings some of your personality out while embarking on your walk? A stole  can be worn to represent your different interests or involvement while on campus.  Deciding to wear a graduation stole that represents your fraternity is a way to add a little bit of meaning to the traditional cap and gown worn during commencement. It is also a way to pay tribute to the last four years you’ve spent becoming part of the brotherhood of Kappa Sigma while you were  on campus. We know the importance of being able to proudly wear your letters while you walk in commencement, so let's talk about our three different graduation stoles and help you find your big day!

                    Kappa Sig Pick Your Own Colors Graduation Stole:

                    With this stole the sky’s the limit, you have complete creative control with this stole! You get to add a bit of fun and personality to your graduation style. These stoles are decorated with your letters and with the ability to be  customized with your chapter, school, or even your favorite colors. With endless options, we are confident that you will be able to find a combination that makes you the star of commencement. 

                    via GIPHY

                    Embroidered Crest Graduation Stole: 

                    Just like Kappa Sigma this stole is all about tradition!  With the classic design featuring your crest and colors, you are able to elevate your traditional cap and gown. We love the embroidered touches that make it stand out from your standard Kappa Sigma stole. Our team with over 30 years of embroidery experience will make your stole at time of purchase, ensuring nothing but quality and perfection. 

                    Kappa Sig Embroidered Crest Graduation Stole

                    Kappa Sigma Graduation Stole: 

                    Nothing says “classic” like the traditional Graduation Stole. It is decorated with your letters and colors while also marking the graduation year. You get to proudly bring a piece of Kappa Sigma with you during graduation. This stole, like your time spent on campus, is one that you will be able to look back at and remember the place you were when you put it on and made your final walk. 

                    Kappa Sig Graduation Stole


                    We do not take it lightly when creating these stoles and are certain that they will forever be a part of your story. That is why we take quality and craftsmanship so seriously. We know that when you look at your stole years from now it will transport you back to the moment in time you received your diploma. So no matter which of the three stoles you decide to wear during commencement, we know that you will be able to proudly showcase and pay tribute to all you have learned and the memories you have created with Kappa Sigma the last four years.

                    2021 Grand Conclave T-Shirt Design Contest

                    2021 Grand Conclave T-Shirt Design Contest

                    Designing T-Shirts is what we do best, so we are excited to share this fun opportunity for Kappa Sigma Fraternity brothers to try their hand at it as well!

                    Kappa Sigma is hosting a T-shirt design contest for their upcoming 73rd Biennial Grand Conclave, a conference for the fraternity’s policymaking body that is composed of delegates from every Kappa Sigma undergraduate chapter. The first Grand Conclave was held in 1876 in Baltimore, Maryland, where a new constitution was adopted along with provision for a seal, traveling card and form of charter. 

                    This year’s Grand Conclave will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on July 21-26 and promises to be “a celebration like no other”. Kappa Sigma is offering a special chance for members to submit designs for the official T-shirt of Grand Conclave. If your design is chosen, you will win a Conclave registration package, including registration, tickets to all Conclave events, and hotel accommodations, plus two Conclave T-shirts featuring your winning design!

                    The entry deadline is June 9, so don’t wait to take advantage of this opportunity!

                    Here is how to enter:

                    • Designs should include at least one of the following elements
                      • 73rd Biennial Grand Conclave
                      • The host city of Nashville, Tennessee, including cultural elements native to Nashville such as Music City USA and the Country Music Capital of the World
                      • The conclave theme and Kappa Sigma Slogan: “A Brotherhood Like No Other”
                    • Designs must be submitted in a commonly used graphic file format; winners will be contacted if design files are needed.
                    • Designs must be submitted with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi.
                    • Designs must be submitted by Midnight on the evening of Wednesday, June 9th, 2021, to communications@hq.kappasigma.org.