Finding Inspiration

by anngail@empire While keeping an open mind and my eyes peeled for my next muse, I was blown away by our upcoming @EmpireInTheAir Spring 2018 collection dropping hella soon–Monday, February 12th. We’ve already previewed a few color palettes. I couldn’t contain my excitement so I whipped up simple and beautiful creations inspired by dat new…

Hella Ganda: ChiChai’s Art Travel to Baguio

– by ChiChai@Empire – Being high up in mountains, the Cordillera region of the Philippines was inaccessible to Spanish and American imperialists. And, because the Cordillera region is less exposed to the country’s colonized past, Cordillera cultures continue to thrive today. Despite being a major city, Baguio stays true to its Cordillera spirit.  For instance,…

Joshua Tree… or Jakku?

– by ChiChai@Empire – What’s great about living in California is that you don’t have to travel to a galaxy far, far away in order to explore. California alone has nine National Parks. Christopher and I  have a goal to see them all. Already in the first week of 2018, we pursued that goal by visiting…

Monstera Duo

– by ChiChai@Empire – I loved painting Vans and Chucks in high school. They’re literally blank canvases on your feet! Why not? (I wish I could find photos for you of my old shoes but I’d have to dig hella deep in photobucket lol) High school ended nearly a decade ago for me and I haven’t…

TBT to a Streetwear Kid’s Dream: Takeshita Street

– by ChiChai@Empire – Throwback Thursday to ChiChai@Empire and Chris@Empire’s trip to Japan in May 2017 Our strongest memories are often transformative moments that affect us for the long run. One of my transformative moments was the first time I strolled down Upper Haight Street in San Francisco. My mom and I were visiting my…

Prelude Norcal 2017

We spent our Saturday with the dancers of Prelude Norcal! Prelude Norcal is a hip hop dance competition in the Bay Area that aims to “enrich, strengthen, and improve individual dancers and/or dance groups” as well as “bridge the gaps between dancers and teams to create a more welcoming and cohesive community in the Bay…

Inktober and Outfits and More

By ChiChai@Empire If you were to open up any of my notebooks in high school, you would find hella doodles. Doodles were in the margins, the covers, and even in the center of the notes itself. These doodles would range from caricatures of teachers to monsters. My favorite among the notebook-doodles were the ones in…

Art of Us – Mini Documentary

Empire in the Air collaborated with the dance group The Company to create a dance summit for Project PEARLS titled “Art of Us.” After nearly a year of planning and fundraising, Ray@Empire, ChiChai@Empire, and Aiko@Empire headed to Manila with the Company choreographers Jolo Cabrera, Melissa Batesting, and KJ Estudillo.   Thank you to everyone who…

Pow! Wow! San Jose!

– by ChiChai@Empire – Going to Pow! Wow! Hawaii! was a dream-come-true for Chris@Empire and I. Written from a blog post on February 14, 2015 titled “A Stroll Down Pow! Wow!” :: I spent my last year in college saving all my tip money and putting money aside every paycheck for Pow! Wow! Hawaii! 2014, an annual…

Halloween DIY x Empire in the Air

– by ChiChai@Empire & Sam@Empire – Sam and I are both arts&crafts lovers so easily Halloween is one of our favorite holidays. We decided to bring you a costume DIY! But… what costumes did we make? Well, you know how many of our designs have illustrations? We decided to bring three Empire in the Air…

Chemical X

– by ChiChai@Empire – photos by Chris@Empire and ChiChai@Empire Curated by Meaghan Alfonso, women artists came together for the art show Chemical X  on Saturday, October 21. I was honored to be part of the list of talented creatives. Because portions of the proceeds went to Save the Fox, I decided to go for a fox…