Poketo is a lifestyle shop with two LA locations, the Arts District in Downtown LA and an outpost at The Line Hotel in Koreatown. Founded by husband-and-wife team, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung in 2003, Poketo was originally solely an online store. Their ethos is “art for everyday”, and the first Poketo product they produced was the ‘artist wallet’. Ted and Angie collaborated with local artists making wallets adorned with original art, allowing art to be accessible to all. They were surprised at the success of the wallets, but they and the artist’s stories told through the product, launched the brand. As Poketo has grown the couple have carried this ethos throughout all categories, apparel, housewares, stationery and accessories. The Arts District shop opened in 2012, a place for friends and the local community to gather, to showcase the diverse range of International designs, and hold creative workshops and events. Ted designed the shop, and Angie curates all the product, which comes from all over the globe – the US, Japan, Korea, Most of Europe, with a large representation from Denmark and Sweden, South America and Africa. Popular items are the Poketo stationery range; agendas, planners and notebooks, and the housewares. Poketo attracts customers that are creative and curious, chefs, makers, designers, architects, entrepreneurs, tastemakers, musicians, travelers, and lovers of life. The product offering is continually changing and there is something for everyone.
Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung share creative backgrounds, Ted a filmmaker and educator, Angie a graphic designer. They are both passionate about Poketo, and opened the shop to build more of a community around their brand. They created a hybrid space to host art shows, events, and workshops, as they both believe the experience goes beyond just a transaction. They enjoy building the team and seeing everyone move as one, realizing it takes amazing team members to get it just right. They love traveling, whether it’s to discover a new city’s cool neighborhoods, shops and restaurants, or rock climbing in the great outdoors. Iceland and Copenhagen are two new destinations they are hoping to explore soon.
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820 East 3rd St., Los Angeles & @The Line Hotel, 3515 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles
Shopkeeper photo of Ted & Angie courtesy of Poketo