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Poketo opens in downtown Los Angeles

July 17, 2012|By Lisa Boone
  • The new Poketo Store in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.
The new Poketo Store in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District. (Poketo )

After 10 years of running their brand online, Poketo designers Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan recently opened their first brick-and-mortar store in the downtown Los Angeles Arts District.

The interior of the 4,000-square-foot store is clean, minimal and modern so that products, such as Eric Trine’s knockout chairs, above, can shine. “Poketo to us is about art and fun,” Vadakan said by phone from Comic-Con. “It’s a very modern aesthetic.”

On a recent afternoon, as the lunch crowd from Wurstküche spilled into Poketo's sunny space, shoppers browsed Poketo T-shirts, backpacks, fleece laptop covers, journals, sketch pads and limited-edition wallets by Tim Biskup, Japanese illustrator PCP and Matt Furie, among others.

Fun home décor finds included handwoven Turkish pestemal towels ($38), shower curtain kits that let you draw your own design ($33), colorful Off the Wall ceramic planters ($20), melamine plates ($40 for a set of 4), ForLife's Tea for One ($29) and Polka Dot wall planters ($22).

Trine’s handcrafted chairs are $900 each and made to order. He dyed the latticed leather pieces to match the Poketo brand’s trademark colors. Vadakan said he plans to feature more of Trine’s work. In the future, expect chairs, tables and long coffee tables made from old driftwood.

Poketo, 820 E. 3rd St., Los Angeles.

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