Bridge & Burn
“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.’”
Stockist Profile: The Block, Vancouver August 18 2014
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.
Stockist Profile: Stag, Austin July 29 2014
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.
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 Jacket, Bird Herringbone Shirt, Maak Lab soaps, Cut-off Camp Shorts, and the Seneca Sweatshirt in Blue Stripe.
Summer Kind of Wonderful July 08 2014
Swimming off docks.
Getting home as the sun comes up.
Summer is on.
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”.
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.
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.
What are the must-visit spots in your hood?
What’s the best thing about doing business in Inner Richmond?
What’s your favorite Bridge & Burn piece?
Check out their rad space:
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.
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.
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.
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"
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.
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:
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.
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.
Spring 14 Launch / One Year Anniversary Party April 29 2014
Join us on Thursday, May 1 for the launch of our Spring 14 Collection and the One Year Anniversary of our flagship retail space in downtown Portland. The festivities at the shop run from 6PM - 8:30PM, after which we'll be heading over Jackknife to finish the evening. We'll have a keg of Prowell Springs Lager from the Crux Fermentation Project at the shop and it will also be on special at Jackknife. All goods in store are 10% off from Thursday through Sunday. We'll also be offering additional specials and giveaways.
Thursday May 1 from 6PM - 8:30PM
Bridge & Burn Flagship Store
1122 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
After-party starts at 9PM
614 SW 11th
Portland, OR 97205
Please RSVP for the event HERE.
Adidas Florist City Collection Launch Video March 21 2014
Loved seeing Damian Lillard in his limited BURN sweatshirt at the launch of the Adidas Florist City Collection at Compound Gallery. Read a recap of the event at Sole Collector. Get yourself one of the sweatshirts here.
We created exclusive versions of our BURN sweatshirts for NBA All Stars Damian Lillard and John Wall for the release of the new Florist City Collection by Adidas. These sweatshirts, manufactured by Columbiaknit in Portland, OR, feature appliqué lettering with the same Rose and Cherry blossom prints used on the limited edition shoes.
Bridge & Burn x Tsuyumi Waxed Cotton Hats February 04 2014
We are excited to announce our collaboration with NYC designer and friend Tsuyumi Kumazaki. We met Tsuyumi several years ago at a trade show and she has never ceased to impress us with her style, grace, and a sincere dedication to her craft. Her self-titled brand, TSUYUMI, is a collection of meticulously crafted woven and knit hats. Her hats have a unique, modern shape yet fit well and incorporate playful craft details. She hand makes each and every piece herself in her Manhattan studio.
Tsuyumi was raised in Japan. Around the age of 15, her father told her that her mother’s dream was to become a fashion designer; a dream she gave up to marry him and move to his hometown deep in the countryside. Tsuyumi used this as a prompt to fulfill her mother’s dream, an area of interest she was already passionate about. After graduating from Bunka Fashion College in Japan, Tsuyumi worked as an apparel designer for a company in Tokyo, designing women’s sweaters, shirts, bags, shoes, and hats. She is also the recipient of the gold medal in the 13th Annual Lumine Fashion Design Prize.
After moving to New York, primarily to learn English, she continued making clothes, bags, and hats for herself and friends. Her kindness paid off. One of her friends happened to show her hat to an owner of a showroom and suddenly, Tsuyumi had a sales agent. In Fall/Winter 2005, she made a small collection of hats, showed them to a few stores, and landed orders from nationally acclaimed stores like Bird and Steven Alan.
Our limited release features 3 of her most popular Spring 14 styles constructed of waxed cotton (this is the first time she's worked with the material) paired our navy tick cotton fabric for the lining. These pieces are exclusive to our flagship store and website and are available in limited quantities.
End of Season Sale February 03 2014
We're hosting our semi-annual End of Season sale on Feb. 8 & 9. We need to make room for the new Spring Collection. Offering big discounts on select Fall 13 styles. Quantities are limited. RSVP via Facebook.
Complimentary Gift Wrap December 21 2013
Tis the Season, so we're offering complimentary gift wrapping for all in store purchases now through Christmas Eve.
Bridge Burner Vol. 1 - Shannon Guirl / Caravan Pacific December 05 2013
The creation of 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 in apparel design, he trusted his smarts and strong work ethic and took the plunge to start his own business. It is in that same spirit, that we have decided to start showcasing the people who are taking a similar plunge.
We kick off this series with Shannon Guirl from Caravan Pacific. A former television editor, Shannon lived what she describes as a sweet, comfortable life in New York and yet, was wholly unsatisfied. She was craving new surroundings and access to nature. She felt the urge to slow down and concentrate on simpler pleasures of life, knowing on a deeper level that she could be doing more.
“It’s one of those things that just hits you. Something that you’re headed towards most of your life and don’t really know it. I was kind of dabbling and experimenting with all of these different things -- silk screening, slip casting, making pottery, a little turning on the side. I knew I was going to leave New York, but I still was decorating my apartment. It seems wherever I go, I like building a little nest around me. I was collecting these mid century modern table lamps. I just love them and I thought they were a beautiful combination of materials and style. I bought this one and it arrived totally shattered it into pieces . . . It was like it turned itself inside out and I could see how it was built and it kind of made it the process less mysterious and more accessible to me.”
Bridge & Burn x Olo Fragrance x Maak Lab December 03 2013
We're proud to announce new collaborations with two our favorite Portland brands Olo Fragrance and Maak Lab. Inspired by the high desert region of Central Oregon, both products are based around the unique aroma of juniper, a tree native to the area.
We teamed up with Olo Fragrance to create a new scent for him and her called Black Lodge. This unique fragrance starts off with the dry, slightly fruity undertones of bitter orange, unfurling into the sweet warmth of juniper berry and a herbaceous yet soft lavender. We met owner Heather Sielaff when we shared a space at the Portland Bazaar two years ago. We traded a waxed cotton Erie jacket for some of her famous Victory Wolf and Erastus and a friendship was born. Learn more about the fragrance here: http://olofragrance.com/blogs/blog/10517801-black-lodge
The Juniper Bar by Maak Lab was conceived during a camping trip on the Deschutes River in early Spring. It was owners Taylor and Anoria's first visit to Central Oregon and they fell in love with the sights and smells of the region. This hand made soap is all natural and cold processed. It features ground juniper berry sourced from New Deal Distillery, a byproduct of their gin making process.
Join us this Thursday evening Dec. 5th from 5:30 to 8:30 to celebrate the launch of these collaborations.
Bridge & Burn Flagship Store
1122 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
Burn Tee x Emma Jane Kepley x Trop Rouge December 03 2013
Photographer Emma Jane Kepley teamed up with model/blogger Christina Caradona of Trop Rouge to create this photo set featuring our women's Burn tee. See the whole set here: http://ejk.sqsp.com/index/#/burn/
Content 2013 November 06 2013
We are very excited to be part of the upcoming Content Show hosted by the Ace Hotel in downtown Portland this Saturday, Nov. 9. For the fourth edition of the live design and fashion installation, local Portland, OR designers will take over twenty-eight guest rooms on the second floor of the Ace. Individually transformed into conceptual or multimedia installations or "traditional" product display setups, the rooms stand as a collective testament to the outsized talent and vitality of Portland's design scene.
Content 2013 - Ace Hotel
Satuday, Nov. 9 5PM - 10PM
Learn more about the event by clicking here.
Bridge & Burn featured on State of Unique. July 31 2013
Check out this nice little interview with founder Erik Prowell over at State of Unique:
Bridge & Burn x MAKELIKE Hawaii 503 Collaboration June 24 2013
Come celebrate the launch of our new collaboration with makelike, a Portland based pattern design studio. The project, entitled Hawaii 503 is a Hawaiian inspired textile print featuring elements unique to the Pacific Northwest: abundant plant life like Rhododendrons, Dogwood blossoms and Douglas Fir trees, as well as our prevelant lakes, clouds and rain.
The patterned textile is available in several styles exclusively online and at the new Bridge & Burn flagship retail space.
RSVP here: Bridge & Burn x MAKELIKE Launch Party
Come by and say, "Aloha."
Columbiaknit x Bridge & Burn for Her May 22 2013
Our most coveted crewneck reimagined just right for her. A female-friendly fit with a relaxed silhouette, perfect to layer up or stand on it’s own. Manufactured in Portland, OR by Columbiaknit to our specifications, this french terry wraps you in classic comfort and is built to get better with every wear.
Find them here.
Forest For the Trees Northwest May 08 2013
Forest for the Trees is a public mural project based in the Pacific Northwest with the goal of engaging the community in the process of art-making. We're proud to support their project. Make sure to visit their special Pop UP Store on May 11-12, at Hellion Gallery (19 NW 5th Ave #208, Portland, OR 97209), where they will be selling collaborative products donated by Bridge & Burn, Converse, Danner, Ebbets Field Flannels, Harding & Wilson, Maak Soap Lab, and Tanner Goods, as well as various works by associated artists.
Bridge & Burn Flagship Grand Opening April 03 2013
We're excited to announce the grand opening of our new flagship retail space in downtown Portland. On Friday, April 12, you are cordially invited to join us as we share our new space, present our new Spring 2013 Collection, and debut a special "Bridge Burner IPA" from Deschutes Brewery. The event runs from 6PM-10PM and we're donating 10% of all sales on Friday and Saturday to The Right Brain Initiative.
Bridge & Burn Flagship Store
1122 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
Friday, April 12 from 6PM to 10PM
As an added bonus, bring in your receipt for Bridge Burner IPA from either Deschutes Brewery location (Portland and Bend) within 7 days and receive 10% off any Bridge & Burn purchase made in store.
The Worker's Uniform Launch Party Contest February 10 2013
A big thanks to everyone who came out for the Bridge & Burn x OMFGCO launch party. Here are some pics from the Worker's Uniform Instagram contest. Whoever receives the most votes by Monday, Feb. 11, will win a Shop Apron. All the photos can be found here.
Bridge & Burn x OMFGCO: The Worker's Uniform February 05 2013
We are proud to announce our new collaboration with Offical Mfg. Co (OMFGCO), a Portland, OR based creative agency. Fritz Mesenbrink and Jeremy Pelley of OMFGCO aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty. Their skill sets range from branding and graphic design, to events and marketing, and to interior spaces and physical build out, with a client roster including Ace Hotel, Stumptown Coffee Roasters, Spirit of 77, Dunderdon, Portland Meadows, Olympic Provisions, Google, Nike and many more. Theirs is an aesthetic built from utilitarian beauty.
OMFGCO jumped at the chance to create a Worker’s Uniform. Being tall and lanky, most standard work wear doesn’t fit either of them well and they welcomed the opportunity to design a custom collection that would fit both their tastes and long limbs.
The jacket, shirt and pants all run a little longer than the standard Bridge & Burn fits, adding a bit of length to sleeves and inseams. The shop apron is the piece in the collection most specifically tailored for use in the shop, thoughtfully outfitted with plenty of pockets and lined with a sturdy striped linen—the same material as their Worker’s shirt. The jacket, pants and apron are all made with a sturdy cotton twill.
We'll be formally launching The Worker's Uniform on Friday, Feb. 8, from 4PM to 8PM at our soon to be permanent retail space in downtown Portland, OR.
Bridge & Burn
1122 SW Morrison St.
Portland, OR 97205
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