Limited edition AAPI Artist Collection shirts are available for purchase as LAFC celebrates AAPI Month
LAFC celebrates AAPI Month by launching custom AAPI Artist Collection shirts designed by local Asian American artists. Three designs from the collection of shirts reflect on Korean, Vietnamese, and Filipino culture, which were influenced by the artist’s history as well as historical and cultural elements.
The AAPI Artist Collection shirts inspired by Korean culture were designed by Jason Yi who works at Rip & Repair, an American apparel company in Koreatown in Los Angeles. Traditional Korean patterns are used in the design, which was created to reflect the heritage and experiences of Koreans and Korean Americans.
Richard Doan designed the t-shirt inspired by Vietnamese culture. Doan is a Technical Designer for a prominent Los Angeles-based luxury fashion business and member of the 3252, the Independent Supporter’s Union of LAFC. Doan’s design was inspired by the Ngoc Lu drum, a Vietnamese national treasure and a historically significant relic recognized for its ornately carved nature.
Filipino-American artist DJ Javier, from Santa Barbara, created a AAPI Artist Collection shirt design inspired by the traditional body painting of the Philippines’ colonial soldiers, which denoted courage, fierceness, and power.
As LAFC celebrates AAPI Month, the Black and Gold will be debuting their fifth drop of custom t-shirts in celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders while making a multicultural impact on the city and the organization. In previous years, LAFC have released shirts in different languages such as Arabic, Farsi, Vietnamese, and Korean. In 2019, the Club commemorated the Vietnamese culture of former LAFC midfielder Lee Nguyen. LAFC became the first club in Major League Soccer to design a Vietnamese player shirt.
The AAPI Artist Collection shirts will be available for purchase at the LAFC HQ at Banc of California Stadium and online at the LAFC mobile shop. Check out the links below!