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Gunstone X Bridge & Burn Collaboration Event November 19 2014

This Thursday, (tomorrow!) at 6:00p.m we're inviting everyone who's in town to come on over to the studio and celebrate the launch of our collaboration with Tally Gunstone. She's a multitalented graphic designer and outdoor enthusiast, born and raised in Portland, Oregon, a true native of the Pacific Northwest. 

With Tally, we've created a line of graphics for men and women inspired by our scenic adventures in the Pacific Northwest. The entire Gunstone X Bridge & Burn Collection can be found here. 

Drinks will be provided by New Deal Distillery, treats from Treehouse Chocolate Co., and food on us— we hope to see you there! 

Event details: 
When: Thursday, November 20th from 6:00-8:00PM
Where: 1122 SW Morrison St. Portland, OR 97205
RSVP: let us know you're coming on Facebook and please, invite your friends if you have them. 

 


Bridge Burners Vol. 6 - Ryann Bosetti / The Tropics November 14 2014

Creating Bridge & Burn required a leap of faith. Founder, Erik Prowell quit his job as a software developer, lit the proverbial match, and threw it—burning the bridge of working for anyone else behind him. With no formal training he trusted his smarts and his strong work ethic, and took the plunge. In that spirit, Bridge Burners is a series showcasing people who are taking a similar leap.

When Vogue’s editors declare you gave them the best haircut of their lives, you might expect it to be the impetus for a fanfare-heavy LA salon opening. Or a barrage of invitations to style shows in London, New York and Milan. Or prime credits in glossy fashion magazines.

But for Ryann Bosetti, the recent write up from fashion’s who’s-who is freeing her up to do the exact opposite. The hairdresser is in the process of moving her practice from a sparse white-washed Portland loft to the high desert art community of Marfa, Texas, population  2,000.

It’s a far cry from the New York office job she started out in.


A practical teenager, Ryann pursued a business degree. “I wanted autonomy and I thought I’d get it by being a business person,” she says. “Ironically, the reality is that more often you’re just a cog in the wheel.” But optimistic about the lifestyle a corporate job would offer, she moved to New York after college for a covetable position in finance at Bumble and Bumble.

“I was immediately aware that this 9-to-5—excited on Friday night, suicidal on Monday morning—was not for me. I was 21 and was just like no way, I don’t want to get used to this. The only person I wasn’t depressed by was the creative director.”

With a keen eye, she observed that he was the guy taking research trips to Paris and three-hour lunch meetings. And it was he who spotted Ryann’s restlessness in the corporate environment. “He told me, ‘You’re so antsy. I think you need to be using your hands. Go to beauty school.’”

And to beauty school she went. Then, license in hand, she apprenticed with Bumble and Bumble and began to refine her craft. She took her practice to Portland because it seemed like the one city that afforded the space—physically and financially—and the support for a small business like the one she had in mind. It seemed like a natural incubator, and it was.

Click here to read more.


#PostYourPatch Week 4 Recap November 12 2014

There's only 3 days left to enter our #PostYourPatch contest to win a free Fall 14 jacket. If you haven't entered yet, get all the details about the contest here and make sure to get your entry in before midnight on Saturday, Nov. 15th. 

There were so many great entries on Instagram & Twitter last week, which made it hard to narrow it down to a few of our favorites, but we tried our best:

        Top: Tally GunstoneHattie Watson, Laura Austin, & Ernie Vorhof.
Bottom: Audra OsborneEmily of Our Open RoadWhitney Tuttle, & Megan Hattie.

In case you missed them before, here's a few contest tips:

  • If you don't already own a jacket, but still want to enter-- feel free to come by the shop at 1122 SW Morrison St in downtown Portland, or go to any of our Stockists, try on your favorites, snap a picture and share!
  • Your Instagram & Twitter account must be public so we can see your entry.
  • Although it's only required to enter on one of the social media sites, posting to both doubles your chances of winning since we're picking one winner from each platform.

Bridge & Burn - Cotton Makers Feature November 06 2014

Bridge & Burn was recently featured by Cotton Inc. as part of the Cotton Makers campaign. This series highlights small business entrepreneurs who incorporate cotton innovation with their respective brands. We spent a day with their film crew, sharing our story and showing them some of our favorite Portland locations. They also joined us in Forest Park for a photoshoot highlighting some of our favorite cotton pieces. Watch the video below and see some images from the shoot.

The Alvord, Colter Navy Dot Dress, Juneau White

  Right: Warbler Burgundy, Burn Tee. Left: Hemlock Plaid

Big thanks to the Cotton team for putting this together and for supporting the hard work behind businesses like ours.


#PostYourPatch Week 3 Recap November 05 2014

There is only one more week to enter our #PostYourPatch contest! Don't miss out on a chance to win a free Fall 2014 jacket, click here for instructions on how to participate. Last week we had some great entries on Instagram & Twitter. Not to mention, it was awesome to see one of our jackets at the World Series (pictured below)! The contest ends Nov. 15 so hurry up and make an entry.

Here's a few of our favorites from last week:

    Top: Mark MisiewicsBarrie Chan, and Andrew Stonestreet of Greylag
Bottom: Christian M, Brandy Chris, and @SleepyPasture

Helpful Tips:

  • If you don't already own a jacket, but still want to enter-- feel free to come by the shop at 1122 SW Morrison St in downtown Portland, or go to any of our Stockists, try on your favorites, snap a picture and share!
  • Your Instagram & Twitter account must be public so we can see your entry.
  • Although it's only required to enter on one of the social media sites, posting to both doubles your chances of winning since we're picking one winner from each platform!
  • Keep track on Instagram & Twitter for the latest updates.

Content 2014 Recap November 04 2014

Each year in Portland, Content takes over the second floor of Ace Hotel for an evening. Each participating local designer gets to transform a guest room to showcase anything from their creative processes to their current work. We felt honored to be a part of this unique event again, among so many inspiring designers.

Thanks to Nicholas Peter Wilson for snapping a few shots of our room.


Stockist Profile: Stripe & Stripe MEN, Santa Cruz October 31 2014

Meet Suna Lock and Dana Norrell of Stripe & Stripe MEN. Together they’ve created ever changing, creative retail spaces in Santa Cruz, California. Stripe & Stripe MEN are known for being must go to spots for out-of-towners. Not only do they provide great hand picked products, but their creative group of professionals also offer complete design services. What more could you ask for, really?

Dana gave us the lowdown on their shop and where to go if you ever find yourself in Santa Cruz.

Neighborhood: Downtown Santa Cruz on Walnut Ave.

Tell us Stripe’s backstory: We began as an interior design company that wasn't being challenged creatively during the economic downfall. We had toyed with the idea of having a store and a new creative outlet. We wanted to focus on small designers and makers in order to create an offering just right for Santa Cruz. We opened Stripe in March 2009 and followed up with Stripe MEN in March 2012. We come up with a new direction each season, which includes repainting our back walls and redesigning our windows & displays. We sell a handpicked selection of clothing, gifts, jewelry, home decor, and accessories. We also offer complete design services and host local artists each month for the First Friday Art Tour.

What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? Paul Simon, The National, The Avett Brothers, Oldies, and hits from the 90s.

What’s the best thing about doing business in your hood (or Santa Cruz if you want to be less specific)? We love being part of the community in Santa Cruz and working directly with such great people; whether it's helping our customers pick out gifts or supporting local artists and makers.

What’s another must-visit spot in your hood?  The Boardwalk! A little taste of Santa Cruz history. We recommend riding The Giant Dipper, the oldest wooden roller coaster still in operation!

What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece (and why)? I personally LOVE Bridge & Burn's classic jackets and shirts for women & men. Bridge & Burn's clean aesthetic fits into everyone's wardrobe flawlessly.

Describe your ideal Santa Cruz weekend: Wake up, have a warm cup of tea, take a jog, walk or surf along West Cliff Drive, grab an acai bowl from Samba Rock or brunch at Assembly. Maybe take an afternoon hike through Wilder Ranch followed by wine tasting on the West Side of town- and of course some shopping downtown at Stripe & Stripe MEN!


#PostYourPatch Week 2 Recap October 29 2014

There's 2 more weeks left of our #PostYourPatch contest and we're getting really excited to giveaway two Fall 2014 jackets! If you haven't entered yet, click here for all the details about how to participate on Instagram & Twitter. We love to see people getting creative with their #PostYourPatch pictures. We've seen Bridge & Burn jackets everywhere from Cathedral Park underneath the St. John's Bridge to the Grand Canyon to Idun in Minnesota. We can't wait to see more.

Here's the weekly recap of a few of our favorites:

From the left: Roderick HuntNatalie Hi'ilaniAlyson Brown, & Christa.

Please note:

  • If you don't already own a jacket, but still want to enter-- feel free to come by the shop at 1122 SW Morrison St in downtown Portland, or go to any of our Stockists, try on your favorites, snap a picture and share!
  • Your Instagram & Twitter account must be public so we can see your entry.
  • Although it's only required to enter on one of the social media sites, posting to both doubles your chances of winning since we're picking one winner from each platform!
  • Keep track on Instagram & Twitter for the latest updates.

Staff Picks: Harmony, Sales Associate October 27 2014

Harmony has been Bridge & Burn’s beloved Sales Associate for over a year now. Recently, when she hasn't hanging out with us, she’s been keeping busy by hopping from one friend’s wedding to another. Good thing she also has the hook up for cute gifts working at Woonwinkel, downtown Portland’s destination for quirky, modern home furnishings. It’s hard to go in there and not want to buy little treasures for all your friends (and maybe yourself too).

Harmony was happy to share a little bit about herself, some superb Portland insights & her favorite picks at Bridge & Burn:

Hometown: For better or worse, the birthplace of the oil industry: Titusville, PA

Define your style in a sentence: I love vintage and modern, but no matter what I wear it's usually tucked neatly under my waxed Bridge & Burn Warbler jacket that I have managed to wear all year.

Favorite spot in Portland: SE 28th and E. Burnside. Start with a haircut at Holiday Hair, go next door for a vintage frock from Wanderlust, pick up a quirky gift from Rad Summer, have a nice meal at Navarre, catch a movie at The Laurelhurst Theater, and end the day with a drink at Angel Face. They whip up cocktails based on your preference, it's always a fun surprise.

Best kept secret in Portland: The NW Film Center! They feature a wonderful mix of new and old films. It's an amazing opportunity to see films you wouldn't expect to see on the big screen.

Currently Watching: Broadchurch and Broad City simultaneously.

Album (or Song) on Repeat: Do It Again - Röyksopp & Robyn

Favorite B&B piece this season: The Dawson Varsity Jacket in Black!

Harmony's picks: Warbler Burgundy, Bridge & Burn Tote, Baxter of California Clay Pomade, Hemlock Green Plaid, Auburn Skirt, Revere Sterling Triangle Gap Ring, Watch Cap Grey, and the Bea Rust.


Fall 14 at Detroit Lake October 23 2014


On Julia: Fern CharcoalWarbler Burgundy, On Tom: Hunter Southwest Stripe, Umatilla Charcoal, Crescent Olive

We ventured out to Detroit Lake, along the Cascade Scenic Byway and just two hours from Portland to shoot our Fall 14 Lookbook. Detroit Lake is a forest-ringed canyon reservoir nestled in Santiam Pass. In the winter, the reservoir is drained to reveal a stunning landscape of stone, striated sediment, and stumps. The empty reservoir left us with a beautiful backdrop for our day of shooting.

See the full gallery. 
Photos by Cara Denison.

Julia: Somerset Green PlaidTom: Stonestreet Grey WaxedJulia: Juneau White, Tom: Depoe Blue Dobby

 


#PostYourPatch Week 1 Recap October 22 2014

We're already one week into our #PostYourPatch contest that's running on InstagramTwitter! If you haven't heard about it or need a refresher on how to enter, click here. Each week we'll post some of our favorite entries. So, here's some of the awesome bloggers & Instagrammers that have taken part already! Their images & links are below.

Top: Chris Rod, Erin Boyle, & Olga Mikhaylenko Bottom: Maggie Meiners, Joanna Hawley, & Megan Gilger.

Helpful Tips for #PostYourPatch:

  • If you don't already own a jacket, but still want to enter-- feel free to come by the shop at 1122 SW Morrison St in downtown Portland, or go to any of our Stockists, try on your favorites, snap a picture and share!
  • Your Instagram & Twitter account must be public so we can see your entry.
  • Although it's only required to enter on one of the social media sites, posting to both doubles your chances of winning since we're picking one winner from each platform!
  • Keep track on Instagram & Twitter for the latest updates.

Emmadime x Bridge & Burn October 16 2014

On Brianna: Lily Grey Skirt, On Emma: Colter Navy Floral Dress.

We were thrilled to have designer & blogger Emma Roberston of Emmadime select and style some of her favorite Fall 14 pieces. She spent the day with good friend Bri Scarff and hit up a couple of her favorite San Francisco locations. First stop was Ampersand SF a new, beautifully curated flower shop in The Mission. Their second stop was Billy Goat Hill, which (as you can see by the pictures) has some amazing city views.

Scroll through the whole gallery and read more about their day here

Photos by Ashley Batz.


On Emma: Bea Navy Floral Top, On Brianna: Warbler Burgundy

 


Bridge & Burn + Of A Kind October 07 2014

Bridge & Burn had the privilege to collaborate with Of A Kind to offer a limited edition Waxed Warbler. Exclusive to Of A Kind, the coal waxed colorway is perfect for the fall and winter months. The Warbler silhouette will never go out of style and is made in a fabric that will protect you from the elements and only gets better with age. 

Click here to purchase the Coal Waxed Warbler. If you didn't get it in time, check out our other Warbler styles here on the site

Of A Kind also shared our list of most delicious stuff in Portland and an inside look to our 5 design principles that fuel the success of our brand. 


Bridge & Burn Fall '14 Launch Party October 07 2014

Join us at our 2014 Fall Launch Party to celebrate the release of our new collection. 

When: Thursday, Oct. 9th, 5:30 - 8:30PM
Why: We've just released our fall collection and we like to celebrate!

 

Look forward to special deals, raffle prizes, music, free food, and drinks provided by Gigantic Brewing and New Deal Distillery


Bridge Burners Vol. 5 - Keighty Gallagher / Tight Club September 23 2014

Alleyways in east Vancouver, BC, are not typically places where you want to hang out, let alone work out. Just off Main and Hastings—a corner infamous for addiction and homelessness— butting up against Chinatown, the Strathcona neighborhood is one of Vancouver’s oldest, and has historically been one of its grittiest. It’s exactly where Keighty Gallagher set out to establish her business, Tight Club Athletics.

“You’ll have a Chinese family pushing their baby stroller, crossing paths with a prostitute, and 12 sporty babes running by—and it ain’t no thang,” she says. “It’s cool that way.”

On any given day, the detached two-car garage she lives above—aptly named “the Coach House”—is packed with sweating women, in a part of the city where many of these ladies might never otherwise set foot. Anyone familiar with the neighborhood knows this is an impressive feat.

Even more impressive? Keighty has managed to get Vancouver’s too-cool creative class excited about fitness. Like, really excited. Her 12-person classes—with names like Booty Luv, Morning Glory and Tight Jam Tabatas—book up weeks in advance; last year she designed a capsule collection for Lululemon; Nike has her on their radar; she’s been featured by national media.

Click to read more.


Stockist Profile: Individual Medley, Los Angeles September 11 2014

Monica and Justin’s charming Los Angeles store provides locals and tourists with an eclectic selection of noteworthy, high quality products. Individual Medley is the go-to destination in Atwater Village when you’re searching for a gift, especially if you're looking for locally made items that are one-of-a-kind. They carry everything from clothing for him and her to jewelry, hats, candles, fragrances, soaps, ceramics, and more. Monica gave us the inside scoop on their shop and the Atwater Village neighborhood.

Neighborhood: Atwater Village

Tell us the Individual Medley backstory: The Individual Medley name was chosen to honor the wide-ranging products we carry and the individuals that make those products. It was also inspired by the swimming competition Justin used to race in, also called the Individual Medley. Our logo was greatly inspired by the design of the swimming pool. The “I” stretches along each lane, and crosses mark the ends of each lane for swimmers to tap during the race. Justin swam competitively for 17 years, and the Individual Medley was his best race. Inspiration from our life combined with our business plans brought us to this name.

What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? Boardwalk, Beach House, Mac Demarco, Father John Misty, Wilco, and Fleetwood Mac.

What’s the best thing about doing business in your hood? We love the community and have so many awesome friends living in the neighborhood. We also have Proof Bakery a few doors down - I am there every day for coffee and/or pastries!

What’s another must-visit spot in your hood?  Griffith Observatory!

What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece (and why)? I love the Colter in Blue Chambray - It’s so comfortable and a classic staple in my wardrobe.

Describe your ideal LA weekend: Morning hike and breakfast at Sqirl, followed by a trip to the beach with the dogs, snacks and wine, and then a dinner outside with friends!

Photos of the Individual Medley store taken by Chantal Anderson.


Meredith Adelaide + Bridge & Burn Fall 14 September 09 2014

Artist Meredith Adelaide has many pursuits. Like many of our entrepreneurial friends, she left behind one path (or two, or three) to pursue her true creative passions.

You may recognize her from our Spring 14 Sauvie Island shoot, but this summer she asked us about using our clothes for a more personal take on our line. We chatted with her recently about Portland, her creative intentions and experience, and her latest series of unconventional self-portraits featuring pieces from our Fall 14 line.

B&B: You’ve got hands in many things—spending time on both sides of the camera, making music, collaborating with various artists...how does it all fit together?

MA: It all stems from trying to find myself. Putting myself in positions that I’m not familiar with and seeing how I react and navigate through it...all within the industries I am driven to take part in (film, music, art) in order to grow in both my personal life and my career. 

I’m addicted to multi-tasking and I cannot stand wasting time or energy for things I don’t believe in, don’t agree with, or just don’t want to do. If there’s an opportunity to learn I’ll usually take it, which has led me to work in many, many different jobs. But, it also keeps me from the regularly scheduled jobs (9-5s) which I’ve found crushes me and heightens my anxiety to where I almost can’t function. Keeping this freelance lifestyle allows me to look at the world in a very optimistic light and I honestly can’t remember the last time I felt bored. I love that. So, I’m chasing that.

B&B: How did this self-portrait series come about? What’s the motivation behind it?

MA: This micro-series was kind of my last opportunity to create something for a Portland-based designer before I flew away to my new world in New York. I was in the middle of a month-long travel trip between SF, LA and NYC and found that the jobs I was on had very similar vibes to each other. Every self portrait series is a reaction to wherever I’m at in life, so for this I was annoyed at being hired to look “pretty” and “moody” and decided to fuck around until I found something that felt fresh to me. Then, I forced myself to step out of my black-and-white comfort zone and see where that took me.

  

B&B: What’s it been like working as a creator in Portland? 

MA: For me, Portland was the place I moved to directly after college to step away from my family and find myself as an individual. I left with that intention knowing I wouldn’t stay forever, but it was the logical next-step in my life (coming from Eugene).

There’s an endless supply of people looking to shoot/create so it was a fairly simple process of finding them and asking, all while holding myself to a certain standard that was appropriate for me at the time--you know, shooting with someone who was different than the last person I shot, taking what I learned and applying it to the next...seeking out photographers who shot outside my comfort-zone (safely, with consent) and gaining more skills in preparation for potential bigger jobs. 

I’m not sure I would have been able to really focus on my creativity and growth as intensely if I were in a bigger city; I would have had to find another job and do modeling on the side. At the time I was living in a $200/month unfinished basement apartment called the “dream cave” so I never had to really worry about making money...which is ideal, because the independent creatives in Portland (those who I worked with mostly as an unrepresented model) work primarily on a trade-basis. It’s a wonderful thing for building a sense of community, removing the pressure of the reality of money, and it’s a great platform for taking risks without much consequence for anyone. It gave me peace of mind and a freedom to really dig into myself and try a bunch of different things. 

B&B: And now?

MA: Well, as I grew I became more intentional I realized that it was time to take the next step for both personal and career-based growth. A mentor of mine and I were talking about my need to be surrounded by people who hold me accountable, who are always working, always pushing--how I found out last year that I thrive in chaos and I was beginning to feel too comfortable in Portland. She told me “you have to move. It’s either New York or LA, but you need to go now.” It was what I needed. Two months later, here I am in New York and I’m flipping out because it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for and I’ve barely scratched the surface.

I’m not sure I would have made it here without my time spent and connections I made while being in Portland, though. It was the perfect city for what I needed to do for that period of time. I have a desire to write love letters to Portland; I want to thank it for being there and helping me become me. I’ve been in NY three weeks now, and I’m still mourning the west coast a bit. Like a breakup where you haven’t fallen out of love, but you know you can’t continue on the way it was. It will always hold a very kind, weird, and unique place in my heart, as I’m sure it does for many.

See Meredith's work.


Bridge Burners Vol. 4 - Dane Brown & Clinton McDougall / Bestie August 26 2014

“Sausage really is a perfectly designed meat,” claims Clinton McDougall, while his business partner Dane Brown nods in pseudo-solemn agreement.

Collectively they have surely said this hundreds of times, but you can tell they still get a chuckle out of it. Together they run Bestie—a friendly little sausage and beer parlour in Vancouver, BC, specializing in Germany’s favorite street food: currywurst. Their tiny Chinatown shop is the darling of the Vancouver foodie circuit.

Dane and Clinton didn’t initially set out to be slingers of sausage and sauerkraut but they both knew early on they wouldn’t follow predictable career paths. “I remember taking a calculus exam and thinking, ‘Why am I doing this? I don’t like this at all, I just feel like it’s something I should be doing.’ The older I get the more I realize it doesn’t matter what people expect you to do,” says Dane. “When I was four or five years old my mom told me, ‘If you grow up and want to dig ditches for a living, that’s okay.’”

Click to read more.


Stockist Profile: The Block, Vancouver August 18 2014


The Block has been a Vancouver fashion mainstay since 1999, locking down a prime piece of real estate long before the city’s Gastown neighborhood became a hot property. Locals know this is the spot in the city centre for quality goods, and owner Jennifer MacKay knows the best in North American and European designers when she sees (and hand picks) them. She gave us a peek at the life on the Block.


Neighborhood: Gastown

What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? I really like the classics playing. I could listen to David Bowie, Television and the Velvet Underground all day. Sometimes on Sunday or at the end of the day on Friday, Duke Ellington will get played.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Gastown? Gastown has done a good job of evolving over the years, but not too quickly. Some of the shops have been here forever. It's a really neat mix. The great thing now is that you can spend an entire day in the area—there are great restaurants, bars, shops and really good people-watching.

What’s another must-visit spot in your hood? I love Old Faithful. It is a great place to buy a gift—there is something there for everyone, plus the store smells great! In the evening I love to go to Bao Bei or Ask for Luigi. Both are great restaurants with amazing food, drinks and staff.

What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece? The Warbler jacket is amazing, it always sells out and is reasonably priced. We are in Vancouver, you may as well have a cute rain jacket!

Describe your ideal Vancouver weekend: I love to ride my bike around the city, through Stanley Park and around the Seawall with my husband and 3-year-old boy. It is so beautiful and relaxing. The best is when we stop at Third Beach with a picnic and some wine and stay till the sun is almost down.


A Perfect Pair August 06 2014

Nothing beats that just-right pair of pants. When we find them we wear them ‘til they’re threadbare... and sometimes long after.

We wanted to make sure every pair of Bridge & Burn pants fits like that, so for Spring 14 we got them dialled—like scientifically.

Our new line of pants is perfectly tailored to the median measurements of the typical Bridge & Burn guy.

What does that look like?

We slimmed up the legs and reduced any curve on the hips, so seams fall straight. We added a bit of fabric on the front inner thigh—to give more wiggle room in the frontend—and removed a bit of fabric from the backside, to avoid any sagging (gotta keep your assets looking good). We increased the contour on the waistband to prevent gaping in the back.

They came out in April and we haven’t stopped wearing them since.

Read more about how we perfected our pants, and meet the fit wizard who made it happen.


Stockist Profile: Stag, Austin July 29 2014


Austin is one of our favorite southern hotspots, and Stag is one of its gems. This South Congress shop opened in 2009 when owners Steve Shuck and Don Weir recognized that Austin was a great retail market with plenty boutiques catering to women, but very few aimed at men. They set out to change that, by creating a one stop shop for style-conscious guys. Apparel, accessories, grooming, design, music, art, gifts, furniture etc etc etc—they’ve got all of it. 

Co-owner Don answered some of our questions about life at Stag.

Neighborhood: South Congress Ave. in the heart of the Travis Heights neighborhood in old South Austin. Twenty years ago, South Congress was still populated mainly by prostitutes and XXX theaters, but over the past 10 years, it exploded as the retail, restaurant, and pedestrian hub of the city and consists almost entirely of independently owned, local businesses. It’s a special place, and we’re really lucky to have found the space we’re operating out of when we did. 

What tunes are on regular rotation in your shop? They're always changing, but lately we've been listening to lots of War on Drugs, Mac Demarco, Television, and Deer Tick, along with locals  Hundred Visions, and the Hard Pans. We play a lot of older stuff like Buck Owens, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Doug Sahm, and Willie Nelson to go along with staples like the Stones, Zeppelin, and the Kinks as well. Our mix is a little all over the place, which is fun. 

What’s the best thing about doing business in your hood? We're really lucky to do business on a street that has about 10 blocks worth of independent restaurants, retailers, music clubs, and hotels, so there are always loads of people roaming the streets and popping in the shop from all over the country. We get a great mix of regular, loyal locals and tourists from all over the world. 

What’s another must-visit spot in your neighborhood? There are too many to mention, but tops on our list is always Uncommon Objects. They're one of the best oddity / curiosity / antique shops in the country and have been doing business on the street for 20+ years—way before the rest of us newbies came along. The same goes for the Continental Club down the street. They've played host to some of the best bands in the world for over 20 years as well, and the place hasn't changed at all. It's not in our neighborhood, but Barton Springs (the largest urban spring fed pool in the country) is about 5 minutes away, and is a must visit for anyone coming to Austin. It's 68 degrees year-round and helps make the Texas summers tolerable. 

What’s your fave Bridge & Burn piece? You know, it's not a specific piece that's my favorite, but Bridge & Burn's fit is as good as any out there. We get guys coming back over and over and over again because of the fit, and I'm that way with your shirts as well. I love them. The fit and the weights are always spot on. 

Describe your ideal Austin weekend: Dinner on Friday night (we recommend Uchi-ko, Barley Swine, Odd Duck, and East Side King among others) with maybe a show at the Continental afterwards; a lazy Saturday morning; an afternoon / evening in the Texas Hill Country with friends, a cold cocktail to beat the heat, and a Sunday spent reading and listening to music. And a late afternoon trip to the Springs never hurt. 


Bridge Burners Vol. 3 - Matt Pierce / Wood & Faulk July 25 2014

Matt Pierce is the archetype of the Portland success story: ambitious creative leaves office job to become full-time maker; or, hobby-blog evolves into viable business. But Wood & Faulk—his line of leather and canvas goods—is no cottage industry.

The growing company has just moved into a bright, airy 3,800-square-foot warehouse space in North Portland’s Eliot neighborhood, where carefully curated midcentury furniture and hand-painted canoe paddles live alongside a cadre of industrial grade sewing machines. It’s a perfect marriage of industry and design. Imagine Damien Jurado on vinyl, crooning alongside the hum of a 20-ton hydraulic clicker press, or an Eames lounger dressed in a patina of sawdust—that’s Matt’s world.

In the last four years Wood & Faulk has evolved from a personal blog of tinkering and home projects to a full scale leather goods and accessories brand, collaborations with local A-listers like Pendleton and Poler, and distribution all over North America, New Zealand, Australia, Britain and Asia (without exaggeration, they are big in Japan).

The catalyst behind all of it was a mishmash frankenstein house and a rejection letter.

Click to read more.

 


Staff Picks: Sarah C, Customer Service & Office Manager/General Badass July 18 2014

Sarah does so many things in her role that we still have’t been able to land on a suitable title. But know this: if you call Bridge & Burn, there’s a 99% chance she’ll be the helpful voice on the other end of the line.

She joined the team a year ago as we were gearing up to launch our flagship store. We were growing quickly and needed a great administrator to make sure questions get answered, returns get processed, deliveries get put through, and accounts get balanced. We found it all in this troop-rallying, lunchtime-jogging, popcorn-eating ray of sunshine.

Hometown: Tacoma, WA

Define your style in a sentence: I have an eclectic style—it's all over the place, but above all I look for pieces that fit well and are functional.

Favorite spot in Portland: One of my favorite spots in town is Peninsula Park. Most people don't know it's the original Rose Garden.

Best kept secret in Portland: La Sirenita on Alberta has some of the most delicious, cheap Mexican food this side of California. When you’re done, go next door and have the Old Fashion Crumble donut at Tonalli's Donuts & Cream.

Currently Watching: True Detective!

Album on Repeat: At the moment, CD #4 of Waylon Jennings' Box Set 

Favorite B&B piece this season: The Reed jacket—it’s a new design for us and it fits great!

Sarah shared some of her other top picks for Summer 2014: Oregon Pine Tote, BURN Scoop Tee, Sons & Daughters Leather Clutch, Reed JacketBird Herringbone Shirt, Maak Lab soaps, Cut-off Camp Shorts, and the Seneca Sweatshirt in Blue Stripe.


Summer Kind of Wonderful July 08 2014

on Zach—Ship Shape TeeDenali Leisure Trunk   on Margaret—Jordan Indigo Stripe Knit TankAudrey Indigo Stripe Short

Sandy toes.
Berry picking.
Bare legs.
Burnt marshmallows.
Lawn games.
Swimming off docks.
Fireworks.
Saltwater hair.
Frosty beers.
Bonfire smell.
Getting home as the sun comes up.

Summer is on.


Stonestreet Navy Jacket, Laurence French Terry Hoodie, Mercer Indigo Stripe Tee, Polk Olive Twill Pants


Fleer Indigo Jacquard Stripe 


Pacific Standard Waxed Cotton Backpack, Columbiaknit BURN Crewneck Sweatshirt, Colville Navy Gingham Shirt, Roark Grass Pants 


on Zach— Charlton Marine Oxford, Tabor Khaki Short, Pacific Standard Waxed Cotton Tote   on Margaret— Margot Plaid Dress

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Bridge Burners Vol. 2 - Ben Love & Van Havig / Gigantic Brewing June 29 2014

Creating Bridge & Burn required a leap of faith. Founder, Erik Prowell quit his job as a software developer, lit the proverbial match, and threw it—burning the bridge of working for anyone else behind him. With no formal training he trusted his smarts and his strong work ethic, and took the plunge. In that spirit, Bridge Burners is a series showcasing people who are taking a similar leap.

There are a lot of things Van Havig and Ben Love never, ever want to do.

There are really only two things they do want to do:

1. make beer
2. kick it in the nuts, every day

The latter is more Van’s personal mantra, which probably could be translated to: never half-ass it and don’t compromise.

When they launched Gigantic Brewing in 2012 it had to be on their own terms. And those are some very specific terms: No, they won’t build a kitchen. No, they won’t accommodate your children in their tasting room. No, they won’t bring back that beer you liked last season. And no, they definitely won’t become a “f*cking gigantic brewery”.

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Pacific Wonderland: Portland Weekends vol.1 June 13 2014

Once you’ve hit your word limit at Powells and nurtured a cavity at Voodoo doughnuts, there are still a million things to do in the Rose City. Here are our picks for a perfectly curated Portland weekend.

 
Neighborhood for Establishment-Hopping:
When you’ve got a day to kill and want a broad dose of Portland goodness, Mississippi is still top of the heap. Start things off with brunch at Radar, then browse the latest exhibit upstairs at Land gallery. Linger over a buttermilk strawberry ice cream cone at Lovely's 50/50, and cap it off with a drink at Bar Bar and a mellow show at Mississippi Studios.
 
Record Shopping:
Small but stocked, Mississippi Records is a good place to waste an hour pouring over vinyl. Their mix tapes will make you wish you still had a car with a tape deck. 5202 N Albina Ave.
 
Coffee:
The Oregon hazelnut milk latte at Heart Roasters is likely the spendiest caffeine you’ll order all day, but also the most delicious. 2211 E Burnside St. / 537 SW 12th Ave.
 
Dose of Culture:
The Museum of Contemporary Craft is a little-known hub in the Pearl District. The Fashioning Cascadia exhibit, running until October, features perfect vintage Pendleton and Liza Rietz’ noteworthy structural pieces. 724 NW Davis St.
 
Surprisingly Cool Tourist Trap:
The decommissioned navy submarine, the USS Blueback at OMSI, may squash your latent dreams of naval service—particularly if you’re claustrophobic or taller than 6 feet—but it’s also a trove of fascinating seafaring facts you can drop over dinner later. 1945 SE Water Ave.
 
Portlandia Cliches in the Flesh:
The absolutely cutthroat Monday Night Dodgeball match at Colonel Summers Park is a sight to behold and sketch comedy waiting to happen.
 
Souvenir:
PDX Airport 5 Panel by Ashbrook—a wearable piece of the only airport carpet that has its own Instagram feed.
 

Stockist Profile: Seedstore, San Francisco June 10 2014

Sisters Cynthia and Jennifer Huie first conceived of Seedstore in the winter of 2009. They opened their carefully curated shop in San Francisco’s Inner Richmond neighborhood in August 2010 and have been hard at it ever since. We caught up with them to hear what's going on in their shop and their city.

Neighborhood: Inner Richmond

Tell us the Seedstore story:
We had both been working in fashion and retail and were ready to finally take the leap of pursuing our dreams of owning our own shop.  We wanted to open a men's and women's store that brought people together through the stories and history of the designers and pieces. We started with the hope of creating community, and through the past four years we're proud to be an active part of our neighborhood and a welcoming place for people to connect.

What are the must-visit spots in your hood?
Our neighborhood is the spot in the city for amazing food: Burma Superstar, Chapeau, all the dim sum places, Chili House, B-Star... you could easily eat your way up and down Clement Street. In terms of shopping, Foggy Notion, Park Life, and Green Apple Books are all destinations worthy of many, many visits.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Inner Richmond?
Our neighborhood is in the middle of it all. We are fortunate to be surrounded by some of the most picturesque landmarks in the city: Golden Gate Park, Golden Gate Bridge, the beaches, the Presidio… the list really goes on. And I think our style reflects that urban outdoor aesthetic.

What’s your favorite Bridge & Burn piece?
We love all your pieces! Bridge & Burn fits into our shop perfectly. But if we had to choose just one, we love the Straat women's jacket in khaki. We both wear ours year round.

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Rad Dad Gift Guide: City Dad June 09 2014

As far as he’s concerned, the city it the best playground, and he can make a trip to the barber shop just as fun as a visit to the science museum. He’s always got a finger on what’s happening, and makes the best minivan mixtapes. This dad has a lot going on and somehow he balances it all and still looks good. He’d rolls his eyes if you said it, but really he loves being the “cool dad.”

Give him timeless pieces as hardworking as he is—ones that can transition from the office to barbecue-duty at a moments’ notice.

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1. Beech Sweater | 2. Baxter of California Shave 1-2-3 | 3. Wood & Faulk Front Pocket Wallet | 4. Charleton Oxford Red | 5. Oxford Watch by Daniel Wellington  | 6. Polk Pants | 7. Pacific Standard waxed cotton tote | 8. Shwood Sunglasses | 9. Quentin Navy Jacket

 

Rad Dad Gift Guide: Camp Dad June 06 2014

He makes every outing an adventure, even if it’s just a jaunt to the ice cream parlor. But when it’s time to venture into the outdoors, he knows what’s what. This dad is prepared for anything—he has perfected the teepee method and always remembers the TP. He’s the dad that can hold down the fort just as well as he can build one.

Give him timeless essentials that stand up against the elements, and a little something extra that makes him feel like he’s still in the woods even when Monday rolls around.

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1. Pacific Wonderland Tee | 2. Patten Orange Plaid | 3. Olive Watch Cap | 4. Misc Goods Co. Ceramic Flask | 5. Maak Lab Doug Bar | 6. Olive Polk Twill Pant | 7. Columbiaknit BURN Sweatshirt | 8. Accuracy is Everything Pocketknife | 9. Wood & Faulk Camp Stool


Rad Dad Gift Guide: Beach Dad June 05 2014

Family outings are the best when he’s on board. He rounds up the troops for a day in the sun, gasses up the SUV, braves Sunday drivers, smears sunblock on noses, perfectly toasts marshmallows and then, when it’s all over, cleans the sand from between little toes. Yup, he’s got a million things to think about, but he still has fun in the process. Give him stylish comfort he can grab on the fly, and one sturdy tote that keeps everything together as well as he always seems to.

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1. Denali Leisure Trunk | 2. Laurence French Terry Zip-Hoodie | 3.  Kenton Blue Pinstripe | 4. Canterbury Watch by Daniel Wellington | 5. Fin Tee | 6. Oregon Pine Tote


Staff Picks: Jared, Retail Manager June 02 2014

Our retail manager Jared runs a tight ship. Since he moved to Portland from San Francisco last winter, he's kept the Bridge & Burn flagship store looking fresh with his thoughtful merchandising and ability to source cool new products our customers love—like our own line of screen-printed totes and our brand-new selection of Baxter of California men's grooming products. Whether it's where to eat nearby or which shirt fits best, he's got loads of good advice and is always happy to help.

He answered a few of our questions and shared his top picks for Spring14.

Hometown: Imperial Beach, CA

Define your style in a sentence: Modern American Classic mixed with an Anglophile subconscious.

Favorite spot in Portland: Irving City Park. I spend a lot of time there watching my dog chase squirrels.

Best kept secret in Portland: I just moved here—it's all still a secret to me.

Currently reading: I actually just started rereading The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Album on repeat: Right now, Tim Barry's "40 Miler"

Favourite B&B pieces this season: For guys, the Charlton in Red Chambray. For ladies, the Fleer Indigo.


Cool Blue: Spring Jackets May 29 2014

 You don’t see many umbrellas on Portland streets. When it rains in the Pacific Northwest (and you know it does) we default to good, sturdy outerwear.

Just on the cusp of toastier days, when the wind and rain still kick up without warning, a good transition jacket becomes essential. Our hooded cotton-poly jackets are made to keep you cool but dry. They are water resistant, light enough to stash the minute the sun comes out, and come in the summeriest hue of blue.

The guys’ Weston is our classic fit with contrasting zipper tape and zipped pockets.

The ladies’ Warbler has our signature double pockets—snap closures to keep your keys and wallet in check, and hidden hand pockets tucked in behind. It’s lined with red pinstripes… a flourish almost as unpredictable as the Portland weather.

 

Pacific Standard Bags by Bridge & Burn May 23 2014

We’re incredibly proud of our new collection of waxed cotton bags. Handcrafted, right here in Portland, they have all the casual sophistication and functional details of our waxed cotton jackets and the high level of quality we’re known for.

The collection is the first release of our new Pacific Standard label of US-made premium goods. Made with heavy-weight waterproof waxed cotton with heavy twill reinforced bottoms, they’re designed for versatility and durability—sleek enough to carry on a flight, but tough enough to throw in a pickup.

We collaborated with our good friend, designer Peter Williams of the Clinton Street Bag Company to develop the line. He paired his extensive design and manufacturing experience with our minimal aesthetic and signature details—like great liner fabric and timeless design.

The whole line is now available in the flagship store and online.

Pacific Standard Bags by Bridge & Burn from Bridge & Burn on Vimeo.


Spring Clean Sample Sale May 20 2014

It's spring and we're cleaning house. We teamed up with an all-star list of brands for a one-day sale at the Cleaners at Ace Portland.

We'll be joined by:

And Work Apparel
Black Mfg
BLTN Jewelry
Brixton
Make It Good
Nell & Mary
No Star
Volcom
Wood & Faulk

This Saturday, May 24 only. RSVP via Facebook.


Spring 14 on Film May 15 2014

We pulled out the Polaroid SE600 while shooting our Spring 14 looks recently, and grabbed these gems of Pete in our Charleton Blue Oxford and Evergreen Pocket T, and Julia in the Bird Stripe and Jo Indigo Stripe Pocket T. We're pretty happy with the results. Watch for new Spring pieces coming online regularly—sign up for our newsletter for updates.

It's worth noting: Fuji is currently the only company making instant film for this camera, and they recently announced they're discontinuing their Fujifilm FP-3000B Black & White film. There's a campaign to get the Impossible Project to manufacture it. Contact them to show your support.

 
 

 


Flagship Store Grand Opening Party - April 2013 - Portland, OR April 30 2014

Our friend Cole Boggess put together this video documenting our Grand Opening last April. We had such a good time and are proud to see how far along the store has come since then.