• Space Ninety 8: Poketo

    Poketo, an eclectic L.A. boutique with a dedicated following, is bringing its goods to New York City courtesy of a two month long pop-up at Space Ninety 8, kicking off on 8/14. Founded in 2003 with the mission of bringing art into everyday living, Poketo comes from humble roots. Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, the husband-and-wife team behind the lifestyle brand and shop, started small— by throwing an art show and working with their artist friends to create a series of artist wallets. The night of that first event the wallets sold out.

    Not wanting to be limited to just one product, they expanded the idea "art for everyday" into apparel, stationery, and home. Since then, they have grown their passion project into the internationally-recognized brand it is today. In addition to an online store, Poketo now enjoys two brick-and-mortar locations in Los Angeles, and both spaces regularly serve as venues for art shows, workshops, and more to connect the creative community.
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    And community is key for Poketo, a brand which has successfully teamed up with hundreds of international artists, as well as notable companies and brands. Along with exclusive collections with renown designers and brands, they take their brands outside of the retail experience with workshops, art shows, and different events to bring community together.

    The Poketo pop-up at Urban Outfitters includes items for the home and life, including stationery and bags to Poketo designer exclusive mugs, planters, carafes, and more. "[Everything]" you'll find in the pop up are things that are synonymous with the the Poketo brand, artful and well-designed goods for your life, and things you don't want to live without," owner Ted tells us. The collection also features exclusive collaborations with artists such as Ben Mendansky, Helen Levi, Highlow Jewelry, and Mel Kadel.

    What artists have really been exciting you lately?
    Artists and designers have blurred lines lately. People that have been exciting me are Eric Trine, Sean Knibb, Ben Medansky, Ladies and Gentlemen, High/Low Jewelry, Brendan Ravenhill, Adi Goodrich, Satsuki Shibuya, Helen Levi, and Song Exploder. Some of these designers you'll find in our Pop Up at Space 98.

    Are there any awesome art galleries or boutiques in LA that you think everyone should visit?
    I love the Arts District of Downtown LA. It's a small pocket of downtown, very neighborhood-y, relaxed with a strong sense of community. Our neighbors and friends include Apolis, Alchemy Works, and Blacktop Coffee. Nearby is the MOCA and opening across from us really soon is the renowned Hauser & Wirth Gallery.

    Is there someone you'd love to work with that you haven't been able to yet for some reason?
    We love working with people we love, that we have relationships and friendships with. We don't have a wishlist, we let things flow, this organic approach to collaboration serves us well.

    You guys also do a lot of workshops, which some people might not realize! Do you have any coming up that you're super excited about?
    We do workshops ranging from food to photography to calligraphy to social media basics. We just think to ourselves, what do we want to learn and we find the best of the best to teach. Most of the time, they happen to be our friends and colleagues making waves in the creative community. We usually hold our workshops at our second Poketo store location at The Line Hotel. We take over one of their beautiful suites inside the re-designed mid-century hotel. But, we are holding our first off-site workshop out in the California Desert, Joshua Tree. We've teamed up with Hopie and Lily Stockman of Blockshop Textiles to do a Hand Block Printing Workshop. But, we are also putting together a fun day of hikes, hangouts, margaritas and an all around best weekend in the desert workshop.

    To see more from Poketo, make sure to head out to their pop-up shop at Space Ninety 8 (98 N. 6th St) from 8/14-10/2!