Summer is here in this grand country… Coming in from the west entrance of Yellowstone, clouds of sulfuric steam linger on the horizon. This is the Fountain Paint Pots of Yellowstone.
Summer starts tomorrow (!) and we’re already dreaming of barbecues, picnics in the park, lazy afternoons by the pool, leisurely strolls on the beach and hiking in the mountains. In celebration of this beloved season, we’ve got our store stocked with a bevy of in-store exclusives featuring talented designers and brands we personally love. These goodies aren’t available online so if you are in the LA area, do be sure to drop by our brick-and-mortar store in the Arts District at 820 E. 3rd Street.
Here’s some summer essentials we’re carrying at the Poketo store:
1. Billykirk leather and canvas bags and accessories – Founded on the desire to make lasting items that get better with age, brothers Chris and Kirk Bray started Billykirk in 1999. Most of their small leather goods and bags are handmade by in-house artisans or by a group of Amish leather crafters in Pennsylvania, in line with the brothers’ appreciation for utility, longevity and provenance.
2. SUPER sunglasses – It’s hard not to describe SUPER sunglasses without throwing in a couple of superlatives, no pun intended. Sparking the trend of acetate sunglasses, SUPER sunglasses are all handmade in Italy and feature Zeiss lenses, which give a high level of protection to the eyes under all conditions. Each design is produced in limited batches, features multiple color graduations and comes slightly oversized, inspired in part by the sunglasses found at flea markets. They’ve got quite the cult following too, and have been spotted on everyone from Justin Bieber to Rihanna to David Beckham. Even so, we think they are super stylish in and of themselves.
3. Generic Surplus Shoes – Founded in Los Angeles, Generic Surplus captures the spirit and aesthetic of the city’s diverse, modern-day urban landscape. Blurring the line between sneaker and shoe, casual and dressy, the shoes are defined more by the individual wearer and his sartorial sense than the singular design itself.
4. Salt Water Sandals – Supple leathers and adjustable rust-proof buckles make the Salt Water Sandals a timeless waterproof sandal. The Hoy Shoe Company has been creating these hand-stitched sandals since 1944, which are cleverly designed to mold to your feet when wet so you can wear it anywhere from the beach to an outdoor dinner party.
5. Altru Swim Shorts – Headquartered in Downtown LA, Altru Apparel creates clothes that fit the modern American lifestyle, from the Eastern Seaboard to the California Coast. At work, or on the weekend, Altru’s vibe is light-hearted, witty, and fresh; immediately recognizable, and altogether wearable.
6. Soludos Espadrilles – These timeless, stylish and comfortable summer kicks come in a 100% cotton upper in a palette of colors and patterns that epitomize the casual, relaxed spirit of this sun-kissed season. Natural eco-friendly jute soles make these simple and affordable shoes breathable and versatile enough for the beach, the city and everywhere in between.
Open-dated planners, an assortment of crisp blank, lined and grid pages, sections dedicated to lists, all wrapped up in pops of color – our newest stationery will keep you organized and inspired. Just looking at them alone is motivation in itself to forgo scheduling appointments on our smartphones in favor of good ol’ paper. Fitting easily into your everyday bag, these planners and notebooks will keep your life neatly and colorfully sorted out – leaving plenty of room for spontaneous plans, daydreams and doodles.
Agenda Planner – $32
Tomorrow Planner II – $32
Color Pop Notebook – $15
A piece of history from our trip to Yellowstone… The Old Faithful Inn was built in 1904 by a young, unknown architect. Robert Reamer was 29 years old, it was his first major project. How was he able to design what was to become a national historic landmark in the first national park? Like most good things in life, I guess he was just at the right place, at the right time.
Instead of following expectations of an “international” style hotel, one that any big city dweller would understand, the hotel went a totally different direction. Using the surrounding lodgepole pine in the area, it was a rustic, yet luxurious log hotel. Yes, a log hotel, complete with a grand dining hall, massive stone chimney, multi level mezzanines that focused on the hotel lobby, and best of all, a little tree house nook.
Back in the day, one would travel many days from the train station to the Old Faithful Inn. The train companies were never given permission to build rails through the park. They marketed the multi day trip on a stagecoach as a grand tour of sorts… an adventure through the park in a covered wagon until you reach the hotel. When the stagecoach rolled up to the entrance, you would be greeted by “rustic-luxury” and a clear view of the one of the wonders of the park… Old Faithful and the surrounding geysers and river. I can only imagine an awe inspiring experience over 100 years ago as it is still a truly amazing experience right there, right now.