Two lawyers walk into a lifestyle brand ... and that explains the curious name of a new pop-up shop in Dallas' Knox-Henderson District: Res Ipsa.
The store gets its name from the Latin phrase res ipsa loquitur, which means “the thing speaks for itself." Founded in Aspen, Colorado in 2013 by lawyers-turned-entrepreneurs Joshua Moore and Odini Gogo, the brand is focused on sustainability and “making new things from old things,” they say.
“We noticed in our Aspen store that we had a huge number of customers from Dallas, and Dallas is one of top five online markets,” says Moore in a release. “We know Dallas is a great city for retail, and a pop-up store will allow us to give Dallasites an opportunity to experience our brand firsthand.”
Their first-ever pop-up has opened at 3130 Knox St., notably in the space that housed a beloved On the Border restaurant for 37 years. The restaurant closed temporarily in August to make room for more retail space, and it reopened as a to-go kitchen in October.
“We are known for repurposing, so opening our store in a repurposed building is perfect,” says Moore.
The 1,100-square-foot pop-up features the complete Res Ipsa collection of slippers, sneakers, and chukka boots made from vintage Turkish kilim rugs. There's also luggage, bags, and other small accessories such as wallets and key chains.
The Dallas pop-up also highlights the brand's expansion into sustainable and upcycled apparel designed by the owners themselves.
"Drawing comparisons to cult brands like Kapital, Res Ipsa’s one-of-a-kind apparel collection includes upcycled vintage pieces like Vietnam-era military liners reimagined as Japanese sukajan jackets, M-65 military jackets, varsity jackets and sweaters, quilt jackets, Levi's 501's and military fatigues, puffer vests, and more," they say.
Res Ipsa currently has two flagship stores in premier travel destinations Aspen and Nantucket. A second pop-up in Los Angeles also recently opened.
The Dallas pop-up will be open through December 31 but could be extended into the new year, the owners say. Regular hours are 11 am-7 pm Monday through Saturday and 12-6 pm Sunday.