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Olivia Kim—our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator—hopped a plane to Los Angeles last week to share cocktails and conversation with our new friends at L.A. boutique/gallery Poketo.

The casual soirée took place at The Line Hotel, a chic new spot in Koreatown (K-Town for short) that boasts a mini Poketo shop nestled conveniently in its lobby. Olivia—along with Poketo founders Angie Myung and Ted Vadakan, their staff and a bevy of artistic acquaintances—gathered in a posh suite to admire one another’s work, talk art and design, and enjoy more than a couple laughs.

Keep reading for more on the evening’s proceedings—and be sure to check out Pop-In @ Nordstrom Welcomes Poketo while it lasts! This Sunday, August 3, is the last day.

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Ladies & Gentlemen Studio is a Seattle-based design partnership comprising Dylan Davis and Jean Lee. Refined yet playful, minimal yet imaginative, the duo’s functional art is invariably easy on the eyes. And—with four handcrafted glass/brass/wood/leather wind chimes designed exclusively for Pop-In @ Nordstrom Welcomes Poketo—it’s pleasing to the ears as well.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Jean—and to see more photos from our visit to Ladies & Gentlemen’s Seattle home/studio.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

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Poketo Planners

“I’m still super old-fashioned and don’t use an iPad to take notes. I love writing everything down. I’ve been collecting pens and stationery since I was a kid.”

July 16, 2014

Pop-In Q&A: Dusen Dusen

Our latest Pop-In shop, guest-curated by L.A. boutique/gallery Poketo, contains only sparse smatterings of apparel amidst a bevy of home goods and curious objects. If any clothing line could sit logically alongside the rainbow robots and functional octahedrons that shape Poketo’s aesthetic, though, it would have to be the innately wearable mash-up of midcentury modern and the Internet age known as Dusen Dusen.

Keep reading for a Q&A with Brooklyn-based designer Ellen Van Dusen, accompanied by a Dusen Dusen lookbook that was shot exclusively for The Thread.

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Leah and Billy, the couple and creative duo behind Baleen jewelry, are conduits for well-made, understated objects. A standard of thoughtfulness in their cost-efficient designs renders them unique against most affordable jewelry. Splitting their time between Seattle and Maui, the pair’s sense of balance seems inherent and is conveyed in their minimalist approach.

Keep reading for an exclusive Q&A with Leah—and to see more photos from our visit to their Seattle home/studio, where each piece is assembled by hand.

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For our latest Pop-In Shop, Olivia Kim (Nordstrom’s Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In @ Nordstrom curator) invited her favorite Los Angeles boutique/gallery, Poketo, to collaborate on a unique selection of home goods, jewelry, stationery and more. From “reclaimed branch” colored pencils to an award-winning tea kettle, we think you’ll love these functional objects designed to provide “art for your everyday” (as Poketo itself so eloquently put it).

Keep reading for a Q&A between Olivia Kim and Poketo’s founders, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung—who caught up with Olivia on the phone to chat about L.A., art and eating slugs.

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Our Director of Creative Projects and Pop-In Shop Curator Olivia Kim offers up daily inspiration, favorite products and things she’s super in love with right now.

“I recently discovered the work of object-maker and artist Eric Trine and found that he had partnered with one of my favorite stores in L.A., Poketo. Dream collaboration! AND dream come true to be working with both of them for an upcoming Pop-In Shop. Stay tuned (ahem, around July 4th, ahem)!”