Born 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 its limited-edition vinyl artist wallets to a leading lifestyle brand.
In June 2012, Poketo opened its flagship shop/gallery in the Arts District of Downtown Los Angeles. The shop carries all of Poketo’s online goods and features exclusive products that can only be found in-store. The Poketo flagship store also hosts art exhibitions with its ever-growing roster of local and international artists, in addition to workshops and other unique public events. In March 2014, Poketo will be opening a second location at The Line Hotel in Koreatown, Los Angeles.
Over the years, Poketo has been commissioned by Nike, MTV, Weezer, Arcade Fire, SF MoMA, De Young Museum, Cartoon Network, Disney 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 and 2013, Poketo partnered up with Target twice more, creating a line of stationery products that sold out nationwide.
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 with guest lectures at the Parsons School of Design, Wharton School of Business, University of California San Diego, CalArts and Art Center College of Design, Creative Mornings, Dwell on Design, among others. The couple have also served as guest jurors for American Illustration’s Annual 27, an annual survey of the 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 Instagram feeds.Photo: Bonnie Tsang
Poketo Flagship Store
820 E 3rd Street
Downtown Los Angeles, CA 90013
Poketo x The Line Hotel
3515 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90010