Meet the Vendor: Poketo
As a small business, Goodly loves to work with those in, say, a similar boat. You know, companies that also share that strong entrepreneurial spirit among a dedicated (and small) group of employees. Occasionally in tiny work spaces! In the past, we’ve introduced you to vendors like Adam JK and Yes Cocktail. This month we’re excited to tell you all about Poketo!
What began as a tiny, garage-based Los Angeles startup in 2003 has become a global lifestyle brand that infuses art and design into items like pens, sticky notes, and other home and office goods. We adore their motto, “art for your every day,” just as much as their offerings!
After all, there’s no reason the items in your office (at home or otherwise) should be basic or boring. At Goodly, we believe that everything in your environment is a chance to experience joy or happiness, or at least some bright and fun colors, and Poketo delivers on every front!
Where does that quirky and fun name, Poketo, come from? We’re so glad you asked!
The very first product that husband and wife co-founders Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung designed was a series of artist wallets that fit right into your pocket. Apparently Angie’s Korean grandmother had a fantastic mispronunciation of pocket: she said poh-KEH-toe. Ted and Angie loved the way it sounded, and Poketo was born!
They’ve been growing ever since. Some highlights? In 2012 they launched a creative workshops program, teaching everything from kimchi making to calligraphy. Thousands of attendees have learned at these workshops over the years, a claim not many small companies can make!
In 2019 Poketo published their debut book, Creative Spaces, a celebration of creative people and artists, as well as their work and where they get creative at! A book of stunning photography and intimate profiles, Creative Spaces showcases an eclectic mix of creatives in the spaces that inspire them.
Today Poketo collaborates with artists around the world to create their useful and beautiful offerings. Grab a journal, a pad of sticky notes and those fabulous and colorful pens, and cultivate your creative lifestyle with Poketo!
Poketo’s unique office and home goods also make fantastic gifts to friends, family and especially co-workers. These fun items can be a gentle nudge into organization for some, and a celebration for those wizards who’ve got it all under control. Everything is just so lovely to look at, you’ll look forward to getting your office space or desk in order! From fun sticky notes in unique shapes and sizes to journals and elegant writing utensils, you’ll find yourself reaching for Poketo’s gorgeous creations again and again.
Don’t forget to take a look at all of our desk accessories for even more creative options! We have to say, organization never looked so good!