LAFC has launched a limited collection of custom t-shirts designed by local Asian American artists created to honor and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month.
The collection consists of three designs representing Korean, Vietnamese and Phillipino culture. Each design was customized by local artists whose artwork was inspired by the artists heritage as well as historic and cultural influences.
Jason Yi of Rip & Repair, an American apparel company based in L.A.’s Koreatown created the design of the Korean culture-inspired shirt which features traditional decorative Korean patterns was designed to speak to roots and experiences of Koreans and Korean Americans.
The Vietnamese-inspired t-shirt was designed by Richard Doan, a Technical Designer for a popular Los Angeles-based luxury fashion brand and member of the 3252, the Independent Supporter’s Union of LAFC. Doan’s design was inspired by the Ngoc Lu drum, a National Treasure of Vietnam and historically prominent artifact in Vietnamese history that is known for its richly decorated nature.
DJ Javier, a Filipino-American and full-time artist from Santa Barbara, created a shirt design inspired by traditional body art of the colonial warriors of the Philippines that represented bravery, fierceness and strength.
The new AAPI collection is the fifth drop of custom tops created by LAFC, adding to the overall collection of shirts the Club has created to celebrate the rich, multicultural influences of the city and Club. Past t-shirts featured different language iterations of Los Angeles Football Club and were released in Arabic, Farsi, Vietnamese and Korean. LAFC was the first Club in MLS to produce a Vietnamese player shirt when it did so in 2019 to celebrate the culture of former LAFC midfielder, Lee Nguyen.
The special collection of AAPI shirts are available for purchase exclusively at LAFC HQ at Banc of California Stadium for a limited time.