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Meet Angie Myung of Poketo in Downtown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Angie Myung.

We founded the company on one single product line of artist wallets in 2003 from a studio apartment in San Francisco. Since then, Poketo has grown into a creative hub and online destination. Over time we’ve become a lifestyle brand born out of the desire to infuse every day with art and design. We’ve curated and created a collection of design-conscious goods meant to cultivate a creative lifestyle.

The name Poketo (pronounced “poh-keh-toe”) stems from the mispronunciation of “pocket” by Angie’s grandmother. It tied in perfectly with the first product ever created under Poketo: a series of artist wallets that fit right in your pocket—and Ted and Angie just loved the way it sounded.

In addition to its online store, Poketo has two LA-based retail locations in DTLA and Little Tokyo. The new flagship, Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA, is a concept space with rotating pop-ups by different brands, artists, designers, and makers.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It’s never been a smooth road. No independent businesses without backing has it easy but the upside is that we can do whatever we want that makes sense for us without the pressure to grow, expand, and make money just for making money. We’ve made many mistakes on the way without having to answer to anyone but ourselves and learning and always constantly learning.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
What we’re most proud of is the fact that we grew our company slow and steady towards an upward trajectory, from two us to 20+ employees all our own over 17 years since our founding. We also wrote a book called Creative Spaces published by Chronicle last year, a beautiful coffee table book which took us a couple of years to write that features 23 creative that we’ve worked with over the years. ) The book is not just an interior design book, but a warm invitation into the worlds of creatives ranging from artists and makers to chefs and entrepreneurs.

We’re a lifestyle creative company that makes our own goods, namely stationery, accessories, and housewares and work with independent designers and artists to create exclusive goods as well. In the past prior to COVID, we’ve done hundreds of workshops, events, shows, and happenings throughout our whole history. That’s what always set us apart. The fact that we are not just a shop or maker, but always an intrinsic part of the creative community in Los Angeles and beyond.

What were you like growing up?
I was an only child so I played by myself a lot, mostly reading, drawing, and making up stories. I was surrounded by adults of my extended family so I was very close to my grandmother who mostly raised me when I was young.

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All image credit: Poketo, Angie’s profile photo: Bonnie Tsang

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