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…

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…

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…

Coach-hella with Giann

– by ChiChai@Empire – For the last-minute outfit-planners for Coachella’s second weekend, our model Giann and I worked together in giving you outfit-spiration. I gathered up the Rise Up hoodie and revamped a couple of our older items with festival vibes. Giann then whipped up her styling magic to create three– as we joked– Coach-hella looks. Products and outfits…

The Perfect Red

by anngail@empire To commemorate International Womyn’s Day, I thought it would be perfect to reflect on how powerful and bold a red lipstick can be. Womyn across the globe wore red yesterday in solidarity and support of our community. Although it is just a simple pop of color, red displays confidence and that alone speaks…

Introduction to Spring 2017: Rise Up

– by ChiChai@Empire – After months of sewing, dyeing, and crafting, we are thrilled to finally share this collection with you! Jelyn@Empire, Sam@Empire, and myself climbed out of our screen-printing comfort zone to create Rise Up, Empire in the Air’s Spring 2017 collection. Our new Rise Up hoodies and Rise beanies have the Empire personal touch. We designed the…

Travel Beauty Essentials

by anngail@empire When your bag can only fit so much or when you’re finessing through security at the airport to get to your next destination, you most likely have your go-to items bunched up. Here are some of my beauty products that I can’t be without on any trip! 1. Concealer. There are times when…

A Fresh Start.

by anngail@empire Welcome to Empire’s new @BrownAnnBeautiful featured blog! My name is Ann and I’ve been supporting the brand and producing events with the team since 2013. In August, I took a leap of faith and moved to Southern California for work. With the new environment, I knew that I wanted to keep contributing to…

2016: That’s a wrap!

by ChiChai@Empire 2016, 2016, 2016. Hopefully it’s not like Beetlejuice and pops out after calling its name three times. It was a tough year. In 2016, human rights were tested, many lives were lost, hate elicited violence countless of times, and fear and lack of understanding seemed to take over. As I said, 2016 was a…

Fall 2016: Back to Basics

Growing not only means moving upward. Growing also means steadily strengthening and building your foundation. This autumn, we bring you elements from our beginning years with new twists.  Not only do the designs commemorate how our foundation got us to where we are today, they also embody how we continue to build upon that. Let’s…

My Birthday Present to You

#EMPIREINTHEAIR began with a leap of faith when I was 18. Today I turned 25 (holy crap lol) and I can’t help but look back at how this Empire evolved since. Through periods of hiatus & struggles of balance w/ daytime responsibilities, this brand grew bc of the formation of a team and our supporters….