BTS with the Empress, ChiChai@Empire

by, Mia@Empire Reigning as one of the only female streetwear designers/owners in the Bay Area, Empire in the Air’s Francesca Mateo aka ChiChai@Empire has dedicated 2017 to the year of repurposing thrifted goods into every collection. In 2016, she planned out the spring, summer, fall, and winter collections with a socially conscious mindset. Aspire to…

Summer 2017: Good New Days

The process of building your Empire requires you to learn from your past, not hold onto it. For this collection, we took bits and pieces from the past to build anew. The “Do Good” t-shirt features childhood characters that took the time to recognize right from wrong. Our mission statement finds its way on a…

Channel 90 Playlist

by, Mia@Empire July is here and that means a new playlist has arrived! I have decided to dedicate this playlist to the era that inspires Empire’s upcoming collection 😉 Let’s just say that we’re channeling the 90s. Like many of my past playlists, the title of July’s playlist is a play on words. Much of…

Be True Run with NRC SF

Last week Nike San Francisco celebrated Pride Week with its annual Be True Run. The Be True campaign is inspired by the LGBTQ community and belief in diversity moving the world forward. What better way to show our support by putting our colorful feet forward and running hilly SF? Athletes gathered at 6:34PM on the…

Ray’s Backyard Series #2

-by Raymond@Empire- Hello world, it has been too long since I posted my first blog about my adventures. Been busy with work, small projects, and honestly it was also hard for me to find the motivation to just even explore my very own backyard of downtown San Jose. But I’m back and I have some…

Volcano in Tokyo!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Chris@Empire and  I jam-packed our Asia trip so much …  our lives still look interesting on social media two months later.  Since coming back to the US in April, I’ve tried my best to recap our month-long voyage while catching up with reality. These blog posts have included activities like trekking…

Officially Champions Again!

If no one told you yet, the Golden State Warriors are champions once more! To keep the #AllGoldEverything vibes, here’s a compilation of our Yay Area inspired work Hella Golden Jersey A supporter rockin the jersey with Chuy Gomez! Hella Golden Stickers Splash Bros and Riley Illustration I Feel Blessed Poster Which one is your…

Midway Motivation Playlist

– by Mia@Empire – May went over our heads and we are at the halfway mark with 2017. So with the suggestion of ChiChai@Empire, I created a playlist centered around the idea of pushing us and inspiring us to keep going. When you listen to this playlist, I hope you feel unstoppable and reflective of what…

Sunrise to Sundown in Seoul

– by ChiChai@Empire – Following mine and Christopher’s seven days in the Philippines and ten days in Vietnam was only one full day in Korea. Luckily for us, we met up with our homie Daniel who served as the perfect Seoul tour guide. He took us out from 8am to 2am all around the city and made…

My Top 5 Running Spots

As summer is approaching and you’re procrastinating to get that summer body you’re still thinking about working towards, why not take the opportunity to take yourself outdoors and enjoy the sun? Here’s a list of my top 5 training spots that I hit multiple times a year when I’m in half marathon training mode: Lake Chabot,…

Everyday Makeup: Spring Edition

by, anngail@empire The weather is changing and the flowers are blooming! I’m swapping my warmer coats for my lighter jackets (Keep an eye out for more @empireintheair custom DIY denim jackets!) and of course, keep my makeup simple and light to let my skin breathe and get ready to get as many kisses from the sun. I…

Our last days in Vietnam: Hanoi and Ha Long Bay

– by ChiChai@Empire – I actually began mine and Chris@Empire’s Asia trip with a fever. It eventually dwindled down to a runny nose and coughs, but, fighting for energy to keep up with our tours was no easy task. I’m skipping days 6-8 in Vietnam for the blog because… well… the sickness caught up to me and…