This past weekend we wrapped up the first leg of The Bold Rush, a West Coast tour with The Bold Italic that showcases SF goods. Our first venture was to the ever-so-sunny Los Angeles, where we did a pop-up at Poketo, a beautifully curated gift shop.
The Bold Italic folks put us up in an Airbnb in Downtown LA, which we shared with videographer Eric of High Beam Media and Allan Hough, ping pong party master behind American Tripps.
Our detailed “Guest Handbook” had two notable instructions: 1) Absolutely No Partying!!! (emphasis, theirs) and 2) that we were welcome to use their “not-so-glamorous” rooftop pool and jacuzzi.
Little did they know that we hail from SF, a land of no-swimming-pools and constant 65-degree weather (save for the last few days). Needless to say, we very much enjoyed the weather and Airbnb amenities.
We consider The Bold Rush as a kind of “cultural exchange.” Along with The Bold Italic, we’re bringing our SF/Southeast Asian vibe to our West Coast “sister cities” and The Bold Italic folks will document interesting things in each city.
Here’s Sarah Han of The Bold Italic and Eric filming Angie, one of the co-owners/sweethearts at Poketo. Their brick-and-mortar is located in the beautifully industrial Arts District of LA, which we would recommend exploring. After a trip to Poketo, get a bratwurst and beer at Wurstkuche, an indoor biergarten next door (note to SF: We need one of these), and then dessert at The Pie Hole, a cute pie shop across the street.
The Bold Italic brought a trunk show of SF goodies to LA, including lots of local art and handmade goods. Although there were lots of local goodies too — members of Beachwood Sparks played a free show and we got down on some Peach Cobbler pie from The Pie Hole.
At the pop-up, Katie’s sister Ming Ming came to help out, since Katie was in NY for a wedding. Thanks Ming Ming!
LA was a great way to start off our trip! Tomorrow we’ll be hopping on a plane to Portland and then finishing off at the end of the week in Seattle. See you in a bit, SF!
More shots from our pop-up at Poketo:
More photos on our Facebook page.
Read The Bold Italic’s recap in words and pictures!