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Those who have happened upon IKO IKO's minimalist, conceptual shop in Chinatown know that Kristin Dickson-Okuda and Shin Okuda, the design duo behind the space, have an eye for cool, contemporary clothing and goods by a mixture of local and Japanese makers. And that's exactly what they've brought to the Hammer Store, where the two have taken on a residency.
The retail space for UCLA's Hammer Museum has been highlighting LA makers since 2013, when it introduced Arts ReSTORE LA. Local love within IKO IKO's takeover, which officially kicked off June 12th in conjunction with the current Made in LA show, includes utilitarian clothing and accessories by Rowena Sartin, artsy tees by Waggy, and Waka Waka furniture. Kristin and Shin have also added beautifully made kitchen tools and accessories by Japantry, which is a company out of Osaka, and some well-designed vintage and deadstock items from the country as well.
Shoppers can expect to find IKO IKO's brilliant mix of high and low wearables, wares, and objets d'art in the store through the end of the year.