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Portland Coat Drive for p:ear Mentors

Here at B&B, you know we're all about community. That's why this holiday season, we're hoping to make things a little bit brighter for those in need. Here's the deal:
  1. Bring in a new or gently-used jacket to our B&B Portland Flagship store
  2. Your donation will be given to p:ear, a Portland-based non profit helping homeless and transitional youth
  3. In exchange for being so awesome, will give you 10% off your entire purchase in store that day on Bridge & Burn apparel 

WHEN: Now through January 31, 2020

WHERE: 1029 SW Harvey Milk St, Portland, OR 97209

THE CAUSE: p:ear builds positive relationships with homeless and transitional youth through education, art and recreation to affirm personal worth and create more meaningful and healthier lives. Each year their programs serve almost 900 homeless and transitional young people, ages 15 to 24. p:ear staff and volunteers serve as mentors, friends, and role models, while p:ear's unique programs create opportunities for young people to grow intellectually, express themselves constructively, communicate in positive ways and engage in meaningful interactions with the larger community of Portland. This is not work that can be accomplished in the short-term. These are relationships based on trust that take years to cultivate and require enormous dedication to sustain. We are committed to supporting p:ear as they support youth over the long-haul to share failures and successes, mundane events as well as life-altering milestones.

Learn More at: pearmentor.org
Location
: 338 NW 6th Avenue, Portland, OR 97209
Phone: 503-228-6677

BEATS & BURN VOL. 42: HOLIDAY MIX TAPE

The entire crew at Bridge & Burn is in the holiday spirit and we've put together a very special edition of Beats & Burn for you to share in on the festive mood. No matter where you are from or how you celebrate, there's something truly magical about the feeling that the holidays can capture. So pour yourself a hot toddy, stoke the fire, kick back, and enjoy! 

Notes On The Artwork

From the Bridge & Burn HQ in SE Portland, to our Flagship Store in Union Way, and all the way from Downtown LA - the entire B&B team wishes you and yours the happiest of holidays and all the best in 2020! Our community means everything to us and it's with an abundance of gratitude we sign off on this year and look forward to all the next brings.

Cheers!

The Bridge & Burn Team (Wiley the dog included) 

Tutorial: How To Keep Your Waxed Canvas Fresh With Otter Wax

As you know, waxed canvas jackets are a beloved staple of Bridge & Burn and a key wardrobe element for Pacific Northwesterners (and well beyond). Waxed canvas offers protection from the elements, durability, longevity, and most importantly, comfort.  We stand behind the quality of every piece we create and love that much like your favorite pair of leather boots, it gets better with age, molding to your movements and developing a unique patina for a truly custom look. 

We sat down with the team behind Otter Wax, who generously shared tips on how to extend the lifetime of our waxed canvas jackets. Read on for a step by step guide and shop Otter Wax products to keep your jacket looking fresh. 

You might be wondering, why it's even worth the effort to Otter Wax a jacket that's made from factory-waxed fabric in the first place. Two reasons:

1. It will vastly improve upon the existing waterproofing ability of the fabric. Water is going to bead up and roll right off.

2. The fabric will take on somewhat of waxy-shine that gives it the slight appearance of leather. It's going to look awesome.

Pushing the bar out of the wax paper wrap helps you keep a nice grip on the bar while you're waxing. You'll inevitably get some wax on your hands, but it definitely helps keep the mess factor under control.

Start by applying downward pressure. Not so much that you end up chipping the bar, but hard enough that you create some friction when you begin rubbing the bar back and forth on the fabric. 

Once you've thoroughly waxed a small area of the jacket, smooth it out with your fingers or with the beveled edge of one of our Smoothing Tools. This helps work the wax into the upper layer of the fabric and helps the wax bond to the garment.

Utilize the edges of the bar for hard-to-reach spots like seams and pockets. 

No matter what fabric you're waxing, you'll always end up with the occasional clumps of wax that form when the wax collects around seams.

To help even things out and remove any unsightly clumps of wax, use the sharp corner of the Smoothing Tool to scrape it out and then smooth out the area with the beveled edge.

Once the jacket has been fully waxed, you'll want to hang it in a warm, dry place for about 72 hours to allow excess oils to evaporate off the fabric, leaving the wax bonded to the fibers. But make no mistake, waxing fabric will always, always change the way that a fabric looks and feels. Even after 72 hours, you can expect to feel a slight tack to the jacket. It's perfectly normal, and will continue to fade over time.

If you're concerned about the wax coming off on furniture or car seats, you can simply rub the waxed fabric between your finger. Did any waxes or oils end up on your hands? If so, just use some caution around furniture and car seats and take the jacket off before sitting. 

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