Photo by Andrew Arceri

What: Unbranded final happy hour

Where: Unbranded

The 411: Friends and fans of Unbranded gathered for one last happy hour at the Deep Ellum pop-up shop, where menswear brands such as Edo Popken, Wrong Side, Vincent Love and Boston’s Ministry of Supply are selling their goods — alongside presenters Need and Foot Cardigan — until December 20. Attendees reminisced about the last several weeks, during which Unbranded has offered free rent to a rotating assortment of emerging brands, as well photographers and artists, including Darek Sanchez, whose paintings are hanging on the walls through Saturday. Not only did this little shindig provide shelter from the rain, but it also gave revelers an opportunity to pick up some almost-last-minute Christmas gifts.

Among the sponsors of this little experiment are Tweed, which provided coffee through the duration, as well as MailChimp, SoftLayer, Vela Keller PC, Reel FX and Common Desk. CultureMap is the media sponsor.

Who: Matt Alexander, Laura and Bryan DeLuca, Fred Jones, Luke Shapiro, Kristy Blackmon, Ryan Plesko, April Allen, Imran Sheikh, Paul Morrison, Kelsey Powell, Jocelyn Keyser and Lewis Perez.

Luke Shapiro, Kristy Blackmon, Ryan Plesko

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Luke Shapiro, Kristy Blackmon, Ryan Plesko
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Unbranded brings out the big, manly guns for final pop-up session in Deep Ellum

The End of Unbranded

Unbranded pop-up shop is ending its Deep Ellum run on a manly note. Joining the group of menswear exhibitors for its sixth and final session is a world-renowned brand out of Boston, in addition to some more local favorites.

From December 17-20, you can shop from the following, in addition to presenters Need and Foot Cardigan:

  • Ministry of Supply. What began as a Kickstarter campaign has turned into a well-respected line of performance menswear made with technology-enhanced, breathable, wrinkle-free, moisture-wicking, waterproof fabric. Recyled polyester fiber infused with reclaimed coffee grounds absorbs odors. The Boston brand has been making the rounds at other pop-ups across the country.
  • Edo Popken. The Swiss designer opened his first U.S. flagship in the Design District in June 2013. He uses only the finest fabrics and even designs his own colors twice a year. Fine details include colored stitching, piping and special engineered buttons that don’t break during dry cleaning.
  • Wrong Side. The Austin-based brand sells pocket squares made from repurposed fabric from some of their favorite shirt-makers. Each item is unique, short-run and limited edition; that means once they’re gone, they’re gone.
  • Vincent Love. The Dallas-born contemporary menswear line refers to its style as “casual prep” with “irreverent edge.” Each shirt is touched, handled and inspected by at least seven different people before it is ready to be sold.
  • Darek Sanchez. The former soldier and Dallas-based artist uses recycled materials in all of his works.

For the last several weeks, Unbranded has offered free rent to a rotating menagerie of brands and artists, enabling them to reach a wider Dallas audience. It began as a bromance between menswear entrepreneurs Matt Alexander and Byran DeLuca, of Need and Foot Cardigan, respectively, who wanted to give back to the community that has been so supportive of them.

“Bryan and I want Need and Foot Cardigan to be a loudspeaker for what’s happening here,” Alexander said at the beginning of this adventure. They received more than 100 applications back in October and whittled it down to around 30 exhibitors, who have set up shop for about a week at a time during the six-session run. Unbranded also hosted a holiday pop-up market the Saturday after Thanksgiving.

Unbranded’s hours are Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 pm, and Saturday, noon-7 pm. Join them for the final happy hour on December 17, 5-8 pm, with drinks provided by Dallas Startup Week.

Ministry of Supply

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Ministry of Supply
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Unbranded Deep Ellum pop-up ushers in funky fresh mix for session 5

Unbranded Session 5

Unbranded, presented by Need and Foot Cardigan, has only two sessions left in its Deep Ellum pop-up journey. For the last several weeks, Unbranded has offered free rent to a rotating menagerie of brands and artists, enabling them to reach a wider Dallas audience.

Starting December 10, in addition to items from its presenters, Unbranded welcomes Dallasites to discover goods from the following:

  • Akola Project. The line of textiles and accessories — handmade from paper, glass beads, horn and hand-cast Ethiopian metals — benefits development projects in Uganda, thanks to founder Brittany Merrill Underwood.
  • fM Fashion Music: The brainchild of fashion industry vet Velyna Morales and music enthusiast Jill Lynch, who combine the worlds of fashion and music to change the way people shop online.
  • Jewelry-Heir. Bold, handcrafted jewelry — think black onyx mixed with stainless steel and horn — from designer and founder Trudi B.
  • Moreau Boutique. Moreau searches the globe for unique fashion finds, from girly dresses, bottoms and coats to whimsical tees.
  • Darek Sanchez. The former soldier and Dallas-based artist uses recycled materials in all of his works.

Unbranded's hours are Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 pm, and Saturday, noon-7 pm. Join them for a happy hour on December 10, 5-7 pm. Visitors can also settle in with a cup of Tweed coffee during pop-up shop hours.

In previous rounds, Unbranded has welcomed menswear, jewelry designers, home and garden vendors, and a range of artists and photographers. Stay tuned for information about its grand finale week.

Akola Project

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Deep Ellum's Unbranded throws a tee party and invites some handbags

Tee Time

Unbranded, the unconventional pop-up shop in Deep Ellum, is now in the fourth week of its experiment to provide free rent to a rotating roundup of local brands, makers and artists. Starting December 3, local shopaholics can scope out and (hopefully) purchase good from the following new exhibitors:

  • Cykochik, vegan handbags from Nikki Koenig, who has a Causes Collection that benefits organizations such as Which Wich's Project PB&J.
  • Mad Leaf, Brent Martin's line of organic, sustainably made T-shirts. Martin recently partnered with the North Texas Food Bank.
  • Le Pepin, Rizabhel Milallos' darling handmade reversible skirts for little girls.
  • Postcode, Mark Gomez's venture that celebrates local neighborhoods through its T-shirts.
  • Photographer Sean Berry, whose work ranges from portraits of athletes and musicians to fashion and travel images.

In addition to the above, visitors can shop wares from Need and Foot Cardigan. It was the bromance between the founders of those two Dallas ventures, Matt Alexander and Bryan DeLuca, that started this whole thing. As members of the startup community themselves, they wanted to prop up other creatives who may not otherwise get the exposure in the community.

Unbranded's hours are Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 pm, and Saturday, noon-7 pm. Join them for a happy hour on December 3, 5-7 pm, sponsored by Dallas Startup Week. As always, Tweed is serving coffee during pop-up shop hours.

In previous rounds, Unbranded has welcomed menswear, jewelry designers, home and garden vendors, and a range of artists and photographers. The exhibitor groups rotate about once a week, and Unbranded will stay open through the first week in January.

Mad Leaf T-shirts are made with organic cotton and a combination of polyester and recycled plastic bottles.

Mad Leaf/Facebook
Mad Leaf T-shirts are made with organic cotton and a combination of polyester and recycled plastic bottles.
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Deep Ellum's Unbranded pop-up shop gets homey and holiday ready

Unbranded for the Holidays

Unbranded, the Deep Ellum pop-up presented by Need and Foot Cardigan, settles into week three by showcasing goods for the home. Plus there is a special event coming up the Saturday after Thanksgiving, if you like to shop for holiday gifts as a form of post-Turkey Day cardio.

Starting Wednesday, November 19, you can visit with the following creatives at Unbranded, who are setting up shop until end of day Saturday:

Also coming up, on November 29, 11 am-6 pm, Unbranded is hosting Shop Small Holiday Market, featuring myriad local makers, designers and other startups to celebrate Small Business Saturday. Shop Small is a partnership with Carly Nance and Rachel Bentley from The Citizenry, a local home goods startup.

In addition to Citizenry products, visitors can shop Get Reel Goods, jewelry lines like Kristin Miller and Valentine-Giannone, Of Mud & Coal leather goods, Oh Deery florals, and Woven Laine textile art, among many others. There also will be complimentary beer tastings from Community and Holy Kombucha mimosas. Complimentary gift bags and custom calligraphy will be available with every purchase.

Unbranded's regular hours are Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 pm, and Saturday, noon-7 pm. Join them for a happy hour on November 19, 5-7 pm. Tweed is still serving coffee during pop-up shop hours and at the Shop Small Holiday Market.

In previous rounds, Unbranded has welcomed Quixotic pocket squares, artist Riley Holloway and several jewelry designers. The purpose of this project is to provide free retail and events space to entrepreneurs, designers, developers, photographers, artists and the like for a couple of months to help them gain exposure.

Find goods from The Citizenry at the Shop Small Holiday Market on November 29 at Unbranded.

Photo courtesy of The Citizenry
Find goods from The Citizenry at the Shop Small Holiday Market on November 29 at Unbranded.
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Deep Ellum pop-up Unbranded gets a woman's touch for second round

Unbranded for the Girls

For its second round, Unbranded has the benefit of a woman’s touch. The Deep Ellum pop-up shop conceived by Dallas entrepreneurs Matt Alexander and Bryan DeLuca are welcoming some jewelry designers and a female artist November 12-15. These girls are displaying their goods alongside items from Need and Foot Cardigan.

Stop by Wednesday through Saturday to see the following:

While hanging out with these gals, you can also settle in with a cup of coffee from Houndstooth sibling Tweed. In addition, photographer Ben Larzabal is offering to do $25 headshots for the local startup community.

Unbranded hours are Wednesday-Friday, 3-7 pm, and Saturday, noon-7 pm. Join them for a happy hour on November 12, 5-7 pm, sponsored by local entrepreneur Katie Troutman.

In the first round, Unbranded welcomed Quixotic pocket squares, Of Mud & Coal fine leather goods, artist Riley Holloway and photographer Austin Mann. The purpose of this project is to provide free retail and events space to entrepreneurs, designers, developers, photographers, artists and the like for a couple of months to help them gain exposure.

In addition to Tweed, Unbranded sponsors MailChimp, SoftLayer, Vela Keller PC, Reel FX and Common Desk have helped make this project possible.

City+Sky jewelry.

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Black Sheep Coffee from the U.K. comes to U.S. with debut in Dallas

Coffee News

A coffee shop from the U.K. with celebrity ties is opening its first U.S. location in Dallas. Called Black Sheep Coffee, it's a growing chain based in London with a renegade stance: to champion the robusta coffee bean, one overlooked by most coffee snobs.

Black Sheep was founded in London in 2013 by friends Gabriel Shohet and Eirik Holth, who loved coffee and wanted to start their own business. They've built it into a chain with 60-plus locations including cafés and take-out shops across England, Scotland, Wales, France, and the Philippines.

The Dallas shop will open at 6240 E. Mockingbird Ln., in a shopping center in the Lakewood neighborhood. Shohet says it'll open in late spring.

Dallas came onto their radar after they formed a partnership for the U.S. expansion with Kristaps Porzingis, a professional basketball player who was playing for the Dallas Mavericks. He's since been traded to the Washington Wizards, but Shohet says Dallas still seemed like the perfect place to launch.

"I love Texas, it's a great state and a lot of people are moving there," Shohet says. "There's so much growth and Dallas has a good vibe. Kristaps became a good friend and ended up investing. He moved to Washington but we'd gotten this great location on Mockingbird and we're building a local team."

They'll make Dallas their headquarters, with a plan to open another half dozen locations, plus franchise opportunities as well (email franchising@leavetheherdbehind.com).

black sheep coffee One of the non-coffee drinks at Black Sheep Coffee is a peanut-butter hot chocolate.Black Sheep Coffee

Shohet and Holth built the company brick by brick, starting out doing pop-ups before moving into brick-and-mortar locations. Their goal is to break the wall between specialty coffee and the mass market.

"We've always been about the coffee," he says. "We source the beans from plantations in southern India, Papua New Guinea, Brazil. We get the best beans in the world: specialty-grade, shade-grown, and hand-picked."

"But our premise was also, How can we bring great quality coffee to the mass market, by providing the best coffee but not making people feel like they're disturbing the coffee sacks?" he says. "Our baristas know their coffee, but if you just want to get your drink quickly and want caramel syrup, then go for it. We make it inclusive."

Their most radical act is their use exclusively of the robusta bean, whose stronger, less delicate flavor profile has seen it relegated to uses such as instant coffee and pre-ground cans, while arabica has been the bean favored by the discerning coffee crowd. But some roasters have begun to reject the narrative that robusta is inferior to arabica.

"We're the only coffee company in the world to focus 100 percent on specialty robusta," he says. "Everybody is always touting arabica, but if you can find a great robusta that’s not commercial grade, you have a cool product."

Robusta has twice the amount of caffeine, and he says the growers they work with are more enviro-friendly, requiring less water with more cherries per bush.

"Robusta is thicker and richer, and has an amazing crema when you brew it as espresso," he says. "It's also less acidic, so it's easier to digest on an empty stomach and has more body. It might have less flavor notes than arabica, but that extra body punches through the milk. Robusta is a great bean for drinks made with milk. It's unfair that it has a bad reputation."

Their championing of a bean that others forsake goes with their entire ethos. They also eschew plastic.

"When everybody’s doing something, we do something different," he says. "That’s what our slogan is about: 'Leave the herd behind.'"

In addition to coffee, their shops have exotic lattes, smoothies, and a signature peanut-butter hot chocolate. They do a small selection of food including bagels, "toasties," and Norwegian waffles, a signature.

"But we don't want to be a restaurant — we'll offer the pastries and items that go with coffee, but we just want to focus on making the best coffee."

The 7 essential parties of spring 2023 for philanthropic Dallas young professionals

Philanthropy is fun

Dallas' big-hearted, young movers and shakers work hard and play hard. Spring 2023 finally brings back a full slate of fantastic parties, power lunches, and galas for good causes. From a disco-themed Masquerade to a Derby-style Day at the Races, these are the seven top social events for every Dallas young professional's calendar.

CASAblanca, February 4
The Dallas CASA Young Professionals kick off YP social season with this fabulous casino party, filled with games, cocktails, appetizers, silent auctions, prizes, and dancing at The Hall on Dragon. After trying their luck at the blackjack and roulette tables, guests can get crazy on the dance floor to the sounds of The Special Edition band. The event is under the guidance of co-chairs Anuka Dhakal, Brooke Donelson, and Melissa Wong, and all proceeds benefit the children served by Dallas CASA. Note: Tickets are officially sold out, but the silent auction is open to the public here, and more information on how to help is here.

Masquerade, February 17
The Genesis Young Leaders are back with their spring fundraising bash after a two-year pandemic pause. Themed "A Night Out at the Disco," the event promises a sparkling evening of beats by DJ Blake Ward, an open bar with signature cocktails, casino games, a silent auction, roller skate entertainment, and more - all at The Empire Room. Dress code is semiformal - sequins encouraged - and co-chairs are Michael Anorue, Brooke Roshell, and David Green. All proceeds will benefit the many women and children whom Genesis Women's Shelter serves. Tickets are available here.

Junior League Milestones Luncheon with Rob Lowe, April 14
Known for snagging big-name Hollywood speakers, this year's event doesn't disappoint. Award-winning actor, activist, and author Rob Lowe is the keynote speaker for the annual Junior League of Dallas luncheon. Pam Busbee will be honored as Sustainer of the Year at the event, taking place at Omni Dallas Hotel and chaired by Heather McNamara. The luncheon benefits Junior League's many civic causes throughout greater Dallas. Tickets and more information are here.

Under the Moonlight and Into the Garden Gala, April 14
Ronald McDonald House of Dallas has an active "Young Friends" auxiliary organization who will no doubt be out in force at RMHD's Under the Moonlight and Into the Garden Gala. Taking place at the Northwood Club, the cocktail-attire affair is chaired by Laura Petka and Lauren Pond. The annual gala has, since 2006, raised more than $2 million for the families living at RMHD and has furthered their mission of supporting the health and well-being of seriously ill or injured children receiving treatment by providing them and their families a home-away-from-home. Watch for more information and tickets here.

Yellow Rose Gala, April 15
The Yellow Rose Gala comes back big at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel as the "Everything is Bigger in Texas Masquerade." Christie Eckler, David Moore, and Tamiko Ryan (three individuals who each live with multiple sclerosis) are the inspiring event co-chairs who'll help the organization raise money for a cure for MS. The night will also honor Patrick and Kristy Sands, and the Dee Wynne Courage award will be presented to the Walker Bateman IV family. The high-energy evening will also include live music by legendary Motown singer and performer GC Cameron. Tickets are available here.

CultureMap Tastemaker Awards, May 4
Save the date for the most scrumptious culinary event of the season (not that we're biased) and get ready to raise a glass to Dallas' restaurant and bar stars. The annual CultureMap Tastemaker Awards returns this spring — and tickets will be on sale soon. Join us May 4 at Fashion Industry Gallery (F.I.G.) for an evening honoring the very best of Dallas' culinary scene, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting our nonprofit partner, Harvest Project Food Rescue. More details will be coming soon.

Day at the Races, May 6
Those who can't make it to Churchill Downs have the next best option in this festive Kentucky Derby-themed party. Guests should show up to Turtle Creek Park dressed in their Derby best for Southern food, mint juleps, a silent auction, table games, "wagering," music, dancing, a best-dressed and best-hat competition, and of course, Kentucky Derby viewing. The event - now it its 15th year - is chaired by Katherine and Austin Wyker with honorary chairs Olivia and Charles Hasty - and benefits the work of Turtle Creek Conservancy. More information and tickets here.

Photo by Amy E. Frost

Members of Genesis Young Leaders at the annual Masquerade.

Fall Out Boy reaches for the stars with new tour with stop in Dallas

Rock Concert

Rock band Fall Out Boy will bring their 2023 headlining tour, "So Much For (Tour) Dust," to Dallas with a stop at Dos Equis Pavilion on Wednesday, June 28.

The tour will travel to 29 cities across North America over the course of 46 days, starting with a big show on June 21 at Wrigley Field in their hometown of Chicago, one of several stadium shows on the tour.

In addition to the Dallas date, they will also play at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands outside of Houston on June 27.

The tour is in support of the band’s forthcoming new album, So Much (For) Stardust, set for release on March 24. They'll be joined by Bring Me The Horizon at both Texas shows.

So Much (For) Stardust is Fall Out Boy's eighth studio album since making their debut with 2003's Take This to Your Grave. The band broke out with their sophomore album, From Under the Cork Tree, and have since gone on to have four No. 1 albums, including their three previous releases.

Fall Out Boy last played in the Dallas-Fort Worth area as part of the Hella Mega Tour with Green Day and Weezer, which came to Globe Life Field in Arlington in July 2021.

Ticket pre-sales for the tour go on sale Thursday, February 2 beginning at 10 am. General tickets will be available for purchase beginning Friday, February 3 at 10 am. For all dates and details, go to falloutboy.com/tour.

Fall Out Boy – So Much For (Tour) Dust | 2023 North American Dates

  • Wednesday, June 21 Chicago, IL Wrigley Field
  • Friday, June 23 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, June 24 Bonner Springs, KS Azura Amphitheater
  • Tuesday, June 27 The Woodlands, TX The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
  • Wednesday, June 28 Dallas, TX Dos Equis Pavilion
  • Friday, June 30 Phoenix, AZ Talking Stick Resort Amphitheatre
  • Saturday, July 1 Chula Vista, CA North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Sunday, July 2 Los Angeles, CA BMO Stadium
  • Wednesday, July 5 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
  • Friday, July 7 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
  • Sunday, July 9≠ Englewood, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 11 Rogers, AR Walmart AMP
  • Thursday, July 13 Somerset, WI Somerset Amphitheater
  • Saturday, July 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
  • Sunday, July 16 Noblesville, IN Ruoff Music Center
  • Tuesday, July 18 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
  • Wednesday, July 19 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
  • Friday, July 21 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
  • Saturday, July 22 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
  • Monday, July 24 West Palm Beach, FL iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
  • Tuesday, July 25 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
  • Wednesday, July 26 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheater
  • Saturday, July 29 Clarkston, MI Pine Knob Music Theatre
  • Sunday, July 30 Toronto, ON Budweiser Stage
  • Tuesday, August 1 Forest Hills, NY Forest Hills Stadium
  • Wednesday, August 2 Boston, MA Fenway Park
  • Friday, August 4 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Amphitheater
  • Saturday, August 5 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • Sunday, August 6 Camden, NJ Freedom Mortgage Pavilion