• About Empire in the Air

    Get your head out of the clouds. They’re just dreams, fantasies, what-have-you’s. Blah, blah, blah. Empire in the Air is a clothing line that defies those statements. It’s a contraption that gives a lift to those who want to make their, excuse the corniness, dreams a reality. By supporting ProjectPEARLS– a foundation solely dedicated to giving kids in the Philippines the opportunity for an education– this clothing line does more than raise itself up. It helps others reach their own empire. So screw the critics/non-believers/faith-lackers, stick your head at cloud-level, and let’s build that Empire in the Air.
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We are SF

Good morning, everyone! Today is Game Six of San Francisco’s black&orange heroes and we are so hyped up that we are releasing an exclusive shirt. Only 14 of these shirts will be printed. Once we reach our quota we are removing the shirt from our store. Act quickly! What’s a better way to represent the … Continue reading


Orange October

Christopher and I drove an hour for a pumpkin. Okay, okay. Three pumpkins. Even Mother Nature is cheering on the San Francisco Giants! Half Moon Bay. You sure are beautiful. – ChiChai@Empire P.s. ONE MORE GAME!


Sha’an Waves by Wiji

Emerging into the Philippines’ urban art world became a rarer and rarer task for me as PEARLS grew. But, if it wasn’t for PEARLS, I wouldn’t have met the illustrative wunderkind Luigi “Wiji” Lacsamana. Photo by Clavel Magazine Project PEARLS volunteer Anne and I often talked about the versatility of tattooists’ ability to ingrain a wide array … Continue reading


Sharing Empire Art

Seeing my artwork play a role in the expression of others’ spirit and character gives me a heartwarming comfort. maryroq and the Mama&Baby Bears nicktanggg and our earlier prints: Bahay Kubo, Swimming Thoughts, Can’t Wait to Be King grpancho framed three pieces from PEARLS in the Rough as well as the Bahay Kubo From the bottom of my heart, thank you … Continue reading


“Tagged” Mint Boxy Tank Styled by Sam@Empire

The “Tagged” Mint Boxy Tank may have been from our Summer ’14 collection but, with complementary layers, you can still rock it this fall. Here is how Sam@Empire styled the tank This tank is still available here in smalls and larges! Snatch one before they run out!


#sfgiants !!!

Pop champagne! We going to the World Series! Want free San Francisco Giants stickers? They’re for free! Just e-mail us at – ChiChai@Empire


She is King cont.

I can proudly say that womyn– womyn strong enough to move mountains against any wind– raised me. Many of you are familiar with my mother, Melissa Villa, the founder of Project PEARLS. She is an advocate for the neglected Manila population living in garbage-filled slums. For the past four years, she proved the impossible to be … Continue reading

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Massive x MaBOOhay

We began our day at the Daly City Filipino-American History Month Celebration and ended it with two more events. Bryant Sina and Darren Chiu from Haus of Godspeed, who hosted our first gallery PEARLS in the Rough, and Calamity Fair debuted their newest collections at Massive today. Massive is a new art gallery/boutique/barber shop that is bringing even … Continue reading

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Daly City Filipino American History Month Celebration

Being a Daly City native, I did not appreciate my culture until I moved away for college. Filipino-Americans make majority of Daly City’s population so I never thought being Filipino was something to be proud about nor did it cross my mind how important understanding your culture’s history was. Daly City hosted its first Filipino-American History Month Celebration … Continue reading


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