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Poketo People: Laura Kenmotsu

At Poketo, it’s the people around us that help keep it real. Inspired by their great vibe, this series puts the spotlight squarely on them, their aspirations and their brushes with the Poketo world. It’s also a great way to keep in touch, don’t you think? Yeah, we thought so too!

Laura’s name keeps popping up on Poketo’s order list, so we knew we had to get in touch with her. This girl has great taste. She is the proud owner of the summer-perfect Pink Lemonade Top, a Perfect Laptop Case and a one-of-a-kind Suit Tote.

Hi Laura, could you give our readers a quick intro?
I’m an eighteen-year-old film and food enthusiast. My favorite films include The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T and The Royal Tenenbaums, and my favorite foods include eggplant parmesan and chicken mole tamales.

Sounds yummy! When not watching or eating, what would you be doing?
When I’m not watching, or eating, I like to run, play sports, and discuss the discrepancies in Harry Potter. I was Winky for the premiere of Harry Potter Sevent part two this summer.

Other than dressing up as Winky for Harry Potter premieres, what are your creative outlets?
I’ve dabbled a bit in silkscreening, and photography, and would like to learn more about letterpress.

I love creating art that integrates text. A couple years ago I had an internship at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts and I was assigned to produce an image using letters and words. My image was actually inspired by the mailbox in Mark Mulroney’s Postal Service wallet, which I saw on Poketo’s website. I’ve been working on text art ever since.

Where in the world are you?
I am sitting on my makeshift window-ledge/bed in my dorm at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, but I recently graduated from Berkeley High School and really miss the Bay area.

What’s your favorite spot in the Bay Area?
I love going to Dolores Park in San Francisco when its sunny.

What are your current inspirations?
I really admire Katharine Hepburn for her pants-wearing pride. She is my college’s most famous alum, and whenever I wear pants, I’m reminded of her.

Can you tell us what your most recent adventure has been?
A couple days ago I had to carry a giant suitcase from Queens, New York to Philadelphia tumbling through multiple subway systems and a bus all without elevators, it was quite a feat.

What can’t you live without?
My music balloon. I honestly bring it with me everywhere. So many of my lunches have been improved with the addition of that small red speaker!

How did you first find Poketo?
A few years ago, I visited the Japanese National Museum in Little Tokyo and a month later they sent me a catalog from their museum store that included the Kaeru wallet. That ended up being my first Poketo Wallet, and I liked it so much I looked up Poketo and ended up getting hooked on everything on its website.

Your name often pops up in our orders. What’s your favorite Poketo buy been so far?
I love everything I have from Poketo! My most rewarding buy would have to be the Eveline Tarunadjaja wallet though, because it was a gift for my sister and I love that she still uses it.


A sample of Eveline’s work.

You also got one of our awesome suit totes. How’s it doing now?
Unfortunately, my suit tote is in a giant mail box along with a bunch of my other stuff somewhere between Berkeley and Bryn Mawr. I really hope he is doing alright.

I think originally my suit tote’s name was Jack, but it never really stuck. I love its size; it basically fits everything I need for the day. I put all my folders and notebooks in the larger section, and my cell phone, my keys, and my chapstick in the inner pocket. The color also goes with most of my wardrobe, so it’s very practical. People still come up to ask me about it! I kind of love it.


Laura’s suit tote, Jack.

Lastly, if you had one day all to yourself, where would you go and what would you do?
I think I would go to Japan. My mom is from the Shizuoka prefecture so my family tries to go back as much as we can.


Creative Commons by Flickr/dugspr

The food is incredible, I miss the cleanliness of the trains and how they’re designed for shorter people, and the Lawson Convenience Stores with all my favorite candy! I think I would take the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto and visit all the temples and then have tempura udon for dinner. I recently saw Lost In Translation again and it made me nostalgic.


Creative Commons license by Flickr/twicepix

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