Veteran character designer and writer Chris Mitchell (Samurai Jack, SpongeBob Squarepants, Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs, Ren & Stimpy) has opened Q Pop, a new boutique and gallery in the Little Tokyo neighborhood of Los Angeles. The store offers handmade artist goods, toys, and limited edition clothing. They’re also the exclusive West Coast retailer for Japanese street fashion labels Sex Pot Revenge, Algonquins, and Super Lovers.
A grand opening party will take place on Saturday, January 29, from 7-11pm. The store is located at 128 Astronaut E S Onizuka St, in downtown Los Angeles. Photos of the shop’s thoughtfully designed interior can be found on Sweet Streets LA. Also, the blog Kalamari Kastle has an interview with Chris about the store. Chris was quite frank when asked about his reason for starting the store:
“Q Pop came about for several different reasons. One was out of total frustration working in the animation industry. In animation, often times you slave away working sweatshop style long hours, pouring your heart and soul into your work, only to have it pooped on by company executives who have absolutely no taste or experience in the field in which they work. For me personally, I needed to do something that would offer me something more directly fulfilling.”