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A celebration of Asian American neighborhoods in Los Angeles from Little Saigon to Little Tokyo, this special tee is a snapshot of the diverse melting pot that represents the SoCal community. Co-founders Chau Hoang and Hilary Kempkers, who are Vietnamese and Korean, curate their shop with items founded by Asian American craftsmen, makers, and entrepreneurs.
With nearly 30 percent of the Asian American population — about 6.7 million people in 2019, according to Pew Research Center — living in California, Los Angeles is home to some of the most diverse AAPI enclaves. To celebrate the communities, online shop Combap Mart called on eight artists to depict the spirit of each on a new L.A. Neighborhoods t-shirt the company debuted for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
"We wanted to celebrate the diverse Asian American diaspora that can be found all around L.A.," Combap Mart co-founders Chau Hoang and Hilary Kempkers said in a statement sent to Travel + Leisure. "We reached out to Asian American artists to create a unique illustration that shares their background of being Vietnamese, Bangladeshi, Japanese, Filipino, Korean, Chinese, Cambodian, and Thai Americans."
New online shop Combap Mart hosts monthly pop-up markets within San Gabriel’s new Blossom Market Hall and on May 7 will hold a special event in honor of Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month. The pop-up mart, which runs from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., will sell food and home goods from Asian American makers and companies, including ceramics, special-reserve fish sauce from Red Boat and a collaborative baked-goods box set made with Vietnamese pop-up bakery Ba Kỳ. The pop-up also will offer a range of limited-run T-shirts celebrating L.A.’s Asian neighborhoods and enclaves.
L.A.-born, online-based mini mart Cơmbap Mart is heading IRL for Lunar New Year with a pop-up at San Gabriel’s Blossom Market Hall. The new food hall will host about a dozen AAPI makers (including a collab with Sạch for a custom candle set and a Year of the Tiger tote bag).
To celebrate the Lunar New Year, Cơmbap Mart holds two two pop-ups this weekend, selling goods from Asian American makers — such as Red Boat, Omsom, and Copper Cow Coffee.