Poketo Project Space is officially open at ROW DTLA, and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you. It really is at its core a space for you, our ever-growing creative community. You inspire us every day and we’re so thrilled to invite you to our fourth Los Angeles location.
Poketo Project Space is what it sounds like: a concept space that will continue to expand beyond what you might expect from a traditional retail location. “It’s an opportunity for us to collaborate with our favorite brands, designers, and makers as part of the Poketo experience,” says our Co-Founder Ted. That means we’ll be hosting quarterly pop-ups and activations alongside the stationery, housewares, office and design products you’re used to finding at Poketo.
In that spirit, we kicked off Poketo Project Space last month with an opening party and a few of our friends showed up to celebrate with us. The feeling of joy and possibility was tangible and it was a testament to how just special this new space is. Nomadica Wine and Tartine’s Coffee Manufactory, one of our new neighbors at ROW, served up refreshments while our guests got to shop our first two pop-ups in the space: Garmentory, the online fashion marketplace for independent designers, and the Los Angeles-based design studio Stephen Kenn.
“Our first activations at Poketo Project Space with Garmentory and Stephen Kenn are a perfect example of collaboration and the friendships we value,” says Ted. “We’ve known Stephen and Beks for a number of years and his new collection has been something we have been wanting showcase, but it wasn’t until we had the proper space to host his furniture that it made sense.”
“Adele Tetangco, Founder of Garmentory, is a creative force and a woman we’ve had the pleasure to get to know and work with over the past year. Our collaboration with Garmentory brings close to 40 fashion and accessories designers together in one space, a perfect compliment to Poketo’s mission of collaboration, community and bringing art and design into the everyday.”
Let’s take a quick trip back to our journey to this point, because who doesn’t love a good origin story? We first discovered ROW two years ago, in 2016. “It was a blank canvas,” explains Ted, “And we saw the potential for a micro-community within Downtown LA.”
Specifically, the space was a former parking lot, complete with parking blocks and painted lines. There were no windows, doors, electricity or infrastructure of any kind, which meant that we’d need to build our new Project Space from the ground up. “It was a daunting project, but we loved the concrete building, the impressive columns, and the soaring height,” says Ted. “We wanted to have a big presence at ROW and this space called to us.”
“When you look at the footprint of what we inhabit at ROW, we have a large portion of the building. It wasn’t until we got into the details and construction that we realized what a huge project it actually is to get the basic infrastructure into a building.”
Over a year later, our doors are open. “I love seeing the reaction of our customers that come into Poketo Project Space. I would describe it as a feeling of awe, calm, clarity, and grandness” says Ted.
If you missed our opening, don’t worry: Garmentory and Stephen Kenn will be at the space through the June 10.
After that, stay tuned!
We can’t wait to see you.
Poketo Project Space at ROW DTLA
777 S. Alameda St #174
Los Angeles, CA 90021
213 – 372 – 5686
Open 11 – 4
Tuesday – Sunday