WHO WE AREBorn out of a belief in “art for your everyday,” Poketo is an online destination and brick and mortar shop for design-driven wares that take art off the gallery walls and into people’s lives.
Founded by husband-and-wife team Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung, Poketo (pronounced poh-KEH-toe) got its name through Angie’s Korean grandmother’s mispronunciation of “pocket.” Since 2003, Poketo has grown from an upstart creative enterprise known for their limited-edition vinyl artist wallets to a leading lifestyle brand that retains its indie vibe.
In June 2012, Poketo opened its first brick-and-mortar shop/gallery at the Arts District in Downtown Los Angeles. The shop carries all of Poketo’s online goods and features exclusive products that can only be found at the store. The Poketo store also hosts art shows with an ever-growing roster of local and international artists, in addition to workshops and other unique public events. To find out more, be sure to sign up on their mailing list, and don’t forget to follow them on the Poketo blog, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Over the years, Poketo has been commissioned by Nike, MTV, Weezer, Arcade Fire, SF MoMA and many more to create exclusive lines stamped with Poketo’s signature fun and functional style. Its irresistible aesthetic so captivates the imagination that, in 2010, retail giant Target took notice; Poketo curated a 52-piece collection of messenger bags, laptop cases, water bottles, umbrellas and wallets–all made with an eye for artistic detail. Poketo’s Target collection sold out nationwide, leaving 8-foot racks bare and fans clamoring for more. In 2012, Poketo partnered up with Target again, creating a line of stationery products, all of which sold out very quickly.
To date, the shop has collaborated with over 200 international artists to produce lifestyle wares that infuse art into daily living. Poketo’s line of wallets, stationery, housewares, accessories, and apparel have appeared in New York Times Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, Real Simple, Dwell, Entertainment Weekly and more.
Today, Poketo continues to inspire. Ted and Angie have shared their expertise as guest lecturers at the Parsons School of Design, Wharton School of Business, University of California San Diego, CalArts and Art Center College of Design among others. The couple has also served as guest jurors for American Illustration’s Annual 27, an annual survey of best in contemporary illustration. These gratifying acknowledgements aside, Ted and Angie stay true to their founding spirit with offbeat and engaging pop-up events and other adventures, all chronicled on the Poketo blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds.
WANT TO KNOW MORE?
Come visit our shop/gallery in Downtown Los AngelesPoketo Shop
820 E 3rd Street (Downtown Los Angeles)
Los Angeles, CA 90013
poketostore (at) poketo (dot) comMon-Friday 12 – 7 PM
Sat-Sunday 11 – 7 PM
Or, drop us a line, where you can:
- Book Ted and Angie for a speaking engagement for your school or organization
- Are you a retail store? Help promote a more creative lifestyle by carrying Poketo products
- Collaborate with and design for Poketo!