Repairing & Repurposing: Decoding the Mystery Behind Our "Black" Budget Patched Jackets | RES IPSA - RES IPSA

Repairing & Repurposing: Decoding the Mystery Behind Our "Black" Budget Patched Jackets | RES IPSA

Malibu, CA — Dating back decades and with a 2021 "black" budget surpassing $60+ billion, what insights, if any, do we have into the full-scope and top secret intelligence operations hidden behind the US military's "black" budget? Well, look no further than the patches sewn right onto the sleeves of our latest repaired & repurposed collections. Scroll on to decode some of the mystery behind the patches featured on our one-of-a-kind repurposed jackets. 

Patched Quilt Jacket


Vintage Army Green Field Shirt

Vintage Army Green Field Shirt


Inside the Black Budget

Credit...Trevor Paglen / NYT

Several of our one-of-a-kind collections including our Vintage Army Green Field Shirts  and Patched Quilt Jackets feature many of these mysterious patches. While the budget itself has been "blacked" out from the public eye, the patches have been studied heavily and there is a whole book devoted to revealing their hidden meanings

Some of our favorites include "Don't Ask! NOYFB", "If I tell you I have to Kill You", and a patch showing five stars plus one separate star above as a nod to the mysterious happenings at Area 51. 

Res Ipsa Chenille Patches

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Res Ipsa patched repurposed collections available online.



Funding several Federal departments and the CIA, the National Intelligence Program (NIP) has disclosed the full amount of "black" budget funding it receives since 2012 but still keeps all spending details classified. Military officials believe the patches to be unifying symbols and may even help as "unofficial efforts" towards building camaraderie and team spirit.

We believe the patches are great conversation starters and incredibly cool additions for repurposing our vintage collections. Shop the collections at Res Ipsa in Aspen, Vail, Los Angeles, and Malibu. 

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