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March 2021

Special Collaboration Notebook with Tammy Nguyen + Pigeon Passenger Press

We are excited to announce a limited edition notebook as part of a special collaboration with artist Tammy Nguyen and Passenger Pigeon Press. Inspired by KAAREM’s use of materials, and attention to craft and structure, Tammy created a book composed of one signature and two pocket matrixes. The transparent colored and middle folios are created by folding in asymmetrical and symmetrical ways that provide spaces for your safekeeps, thoughts, and what-nots.

March 2021

Que by Kaarem Residency: In Conversation with Bao La, Chef

We are pleased to introduce our first resident, chef Bao La, to Que Upstairs, starting March 18, 2021 for the duration of six months. Bao will be present on-site, cooking and serving his thoughtful food every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. In partnership with Bao, we look forward to developing systems that reduce waste, creating ‘good vibes’ and making tangible garments and objects as mementos. Bao shared with us his inspiration and methodology at his family’s home in Đà Lạt, Vietnam. To learn more on his musings and how Que came together with Bao, read here.

March 2021

48 Hours with Chef Bao La in Đà Lạt

We had the pleasure of documenting and spending 48 hours with chef Bao La in Đà Lạt, Vietnam, in the form of a visual journal with snapshots taken by Chuong Pham and Karen Thao La.

February 2021

A Nụ / Bud For Spring

Say hello to the newest addition to our denim family. Introducing Mũ Nụ / Unstructured Denim Bud Hat. The form is based on the shape of a ‘bud’; the sewn lines follow the curves, mimicking the petals of a flower. It is a light everyday hat that is a bit stretchy and a lot mysterious, with a deep crown and two elastic straps on the inner band for extra comfort and to ensure it doesn’t blow away. The denim hat is a part of our growing unisex collection—created with borderless intention and can be worn to protect us from the sun or to keep warm. 100% cotton - it is made from deadstock remnant fabric and is perfect for everyday wear because IT IS ALWAYS HAT WEATHER.

February 2021

At the Market with Levi Oi

In preparation for our favorite time of the year, Tết (Vietnamese Lunar New Year), we ventured out to the local market at Chợ Thị Nghè with German-Vietnamese DJ, Levi Oi—bringing and sharing her good energy!

January 2021

Bao La x QUE Tất Niên Tết Dinner Pop-Up

SAIGON—We are beyond thrilled to bring Australian-Vietnamese chef / person of the world, Bao La, back for another pop-up at Que! This edition, Bao created a Lunar New Year’s Eve Reunion Dinner menu for Tất Niên Tết. A little bit decadent—this feast is intended to be shared with friends and family; to celebrate the end of the year and bring good wishes for the year ahead <3.

January 2021

Introducing the Tết Collection

For Lunar New Year, we are excited to introduce the Tết Collection, featuring reusable Bao Lì Xì / Lucky Lì Xì Silk Envelope Pouches and Dây Câu Chúc / Hand-Embroidered Lunar New Year Wish Trinkets, which symbolize peace and goodness.

December 2020

Introducing Kaarem Denim

Introducing KAAREM Denim. We looked backwards to move forward. 💙 An exploration into utilitarian, everyday fabric, reinterpreted our way.

September 2020

Kaarem Kids Everyday

We are delighted to introduce KAAREM KIDS—Chị Chị Em Em is a miniature version of our bestselling Ease / Nhiên pants and An top. This everyday set, Chị Chị Em Em, embodies the spirit of care, protection, joy and love. Chị Chị Em Em is a three-piece unisex kids set and includes the Ease / Nhiên pant, An top and Gemini / Song Tử bag, designed and produced with care by our Saigon studio team.

July 2020

Small Gestures of Care with Si & Uyen

A photo story featuring Si and Uyen in the unisex tạp dề / apron. This apron was initially designed for the team at Kaarem studio and Kaarem’s café-bar-kitchen in Saigon, Que Upstairs.

June 2020

Bread Making at Que Upstairs with Chuong

Kaarem's creative director Chuong Pham, makes bread at Que by Kaarem’s café-bar-kitchen, Que Upstairs, a space of experimentation and gathering. Chuong began making bread based on his interest in fermentation and enduring desire to transform raw materials into something that can be enjoyed by and shared with others.

June 2020

Friends in Saigon, Wearing Mushroom Bucket Hats

Inspired by the initial growth of mushrooms found under cây Tùng Thơm at Que’s garden; Kaarem’s studio director and tender of plants set out to create a hat that evokes the mushroom’s spirit and to help shield us from UV rays whilst keeping us cool. The result is a lightweight, foldable and reversible hat with seams kept to a minimum that can take the wearer into any activity they embark upon. Below is documentation of some friends in Saigon wearing the Mushroom Bucket Hat in different contexts.

May 2020

In Conversation with Nhung at Home

We visited Nhung, one half of 6A collective, at her home in a historic building on Nguyễn Trãi. Her apartment was formerly 6A’s studio-office space—the name 6A stems from the six-floor walkup you have to embark on to be rewarded with the bright and airy space, adjacent from a park with sweeping views of downtown Sài Gòn.

April 2020

How to Make a Face Mask by Hand

We made a tutorial (with a downloadable pattern) on how you can make your own mask without a sewing machine, using commonly found fabric in your home.

January 2019

FIT Design Entrepreneurs 2019

We are excited to share that we are selected as one of the twenty-five designers for the FIT Design Entrepreneurs Program, Class of 2019.

November 2018

Tamarind Coconut Milk Chocolate

For our fifth anniversary, we collaborated with Marou Chocolate, Vietnam’s premier pod-to-bar chocolate maker, to create a limited chocolate bar that brings together incredible flavors from Vietnam. Marou developed a custom chocolate highlighting in-season tamarind. Rice Creative, Marou’s long-time design partner, developed a packaging design that represents the collaboration: exquisite handcraft, layering, draping, and pure forms.

October 2018

Lotus Seeds by Khoi Pham

We collaborated with illustrator Khoi Pham to create artwork in tandem with our five year anniversary celebration. Finding inspiration in Pam Yung’s menu for Kaarem, as well as his early childhood memories of Vietnam, Khoi illustrated five Vietnamese fruit/seed: Lotus, Durian, Tamarind, Kumquat, Persimmon.

April 2015

Mexico City with Vanha Lam

Vanha Lam is a San Francisco-based designer and researcher practicing at the intersection of art, architecture, and technology.

October 2014

Ana Kraš by Marcelo Gomes

A few of photographer Marcelo Gomes' work for Human Being Journal Issue 5. Ana Kraš in selected Kaarem pieces, styled by Ali Breslin.

April 2014

About Arianne

Ariadna Guirado and Ernest Vidal are two young designers in Barcelona who have figured out how to beautifully combine the traditional shoe making skills of Spain with contemporary design. Our friend Scott Hayashida sat down with the About Arianne duo to learn more about their shoes.

January 2014

Array 1 to 9

ARRAY 1 to 9 is a video installation by Andinh Ha featuring performances that took place in New York, Los Angeles, HCMC, Ha Giang, and Berlin.