(East Los Angeles, CA) May 20, 2022 [From The Editor’s Desk]: As the growing interest in Major League Soccer and the LAFC fan-base spreads rapidly and continuously throughout our City, County of Los Angeles, and our entire So Cal region, it is beginning to take on a greater significance in all of our rich, diverse, ethnic, and multi-cultural groups. In keeping with its tradition of assisting and recognizing these sports-loving communities, as a part of our own, LAFC has created yet another very worthwhile outreach effort. Read more on what they are doing to include the most very popular Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI) nationalities in terms of outreach, recognition, and situational awareness.
LAFC RELEASES CUSTOM, LIMITED EDITION T-SHIRT COLLECTION IN CELEBRATION OF AAPI MONTH
The Los Angeles Football Club (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. To view the Club’s promo on AAPI Month Celebration, click here.
The collection consists of three designs representing Korean, Vietnamese and Filipino culture. Each design was customized by local artists whose artwork was inspired by the artists heritage as well as historic and cultural influences. A video detailing the artist’s inspiration can be viewed here. It is included last amongst a few other Special-themed videos produced by the Club.
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. ##LAFC##