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LA-based photographer Meiko Takechi Arquillos is known for her colorful, graphic compositions which employ a sense of humor somewhere between sincere and cynical. We recently lent her adorable daughter, Maia, a bunch of new goodies from our kids collection and asked Meiko to document, which resulted in this amazing gif. Totally enamored, we decided to do a quick interview with the mother-daughter duo. keep reading

To many the occupation of toymaker, while pretty darn cool, seems far-fetched and impalpable. When we came across Charleston, South Carolina based Finkelstein’s Center, we knew we had to somehow collaborate. The artist-turned-toymaker behind Finkelstein’s, Michelle Jewel, makes all of her quirky little creatures (which she affectionately refers to as “Finks”) entirely by hand using vintage and up-cycled fabrics. We chatted with Michelle, who gave us a glimpse into the elusive life of a toymaker, while helping us remember the importance of finding the whimsical in every day life, and that sometimes things are better left to the flip of a coin. keep reading

Designers Chen Chen and Kai Williams are undoubtedly pioneers of the Brooklyn design scene, both leaving full-time jobs to launch their own studio in 2011, and with their lighthearted and intuitive approach to object making they have managed to stay at the forefront of the movement. We spoke with Chen about the entrepreneurial spirit, escaping within New York City, and making the big bucks. keep reading

In light of the launch of our Koreatown Market Bag, we spoke with neighbor and collaborator Shea Parton, co-founder of the inspiring and philanthropic Apolis. Apolis was founded in 2004 by brothers Raan and Shea with the simple idea that business can create social change. Some serious dedication and about ten years later, Apolis has impacted economies in countries as widespread as Uganda and Peru, while at the same time building on the community in their home base of Los Angeles. Shea conducted an interview with Poketo for, and now we get the inside scoop on Apolis. keep reading

Lifetime Devon Dress, Teal Baggu Clutch, HighLow Ardor Necklace

If you’re headed to the more mellow second weekend at Coachella, here are three outfits that will be sure to catch the eye of that beautiful Drowners lead guitarist, Matt Hitt, or at the very least keep you looking über hip à la Dev Hynes of Blood Orange. keep reading

photo courtesy of Cykora Photography

Sean Knibb, founder of Venice Beach, CA based Knibb Design, uses natural materials, organic forms, and open spaces to create indoor and outdoor environments that blend insight, function, and intimacy. keep reading

We asked the charming, witty, and multitalented Eric Wang, Poketo’s Operations Manger (he is also a musician and DJ), to share his Poketo top five. Read on for Eric’s picks, and be sure to get out of the way if you see this proud west coaster in the bike lane! keep reading

Those of you heading to Coachella this weekend might behold quite the spectacle of a vehicle—the result of Poketo handing over a Scion IQ to artists Will Bryant and Eric Trine. Normally parked at The Line Hotel as a satellite installation to the Alley-Oop II design exhibition at our Downtown LA Flagship store, the Alley-Oop Art Car will be making it’s way to Palm Springs this weekend to soak up the sun and some tunes. keep reading

Inspired by their travels throughout bike-friendly cities in Europe and Asia, Adam McDermott and Chad Kushner co-founded Venice Beach based Linus Bike in hopes that creating a simple, elegant, and affordable bike would boost LA’s cycling culture. Now, a few years later, Linus Bikes are sold in most major cities in the United States and the LA driver has grown accustom to sharing the road with cyclists. Most recently, Linus was commissioned by The Line Hotel to build 25 co-branded bicycles as well as create local bicycling route maps for hotel guests. We chatted with Adam about biking in LA, collaborating with The Line, and the reason that Copenhageners are rated the happiest people in the world. keep reading