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The Bridge Burner

Bridge & Burn’s founder, Erik Prowell, worked as a software developer and was well into a masters degree in Computer Science when he realized he didn’t want to spend the rest of his life slouched in front of a computer screen. Always possessing an interest in design, Erik crafted small batch t-shirts out of his garage as a hobby. When the collection organically gained traction, he took a leap of faith and quit his corporate job, launching headlong into the new venture. A popular early design featured a hand holding a match to a bridge with the words Never Look Back boldly emblazoned across the chest, and Bridge & Burn was born.

Bridge & Burn founder Erik Prowell at his desk


Bridge & Burn founder Erik Prowell looking through fabric swatches


Bridge & Burn's first store in Portland, OR


Bridge & Burn's first store front in downtown Los Angeles


Bridge & Burn gets a new store front in Portland, OR located in Union Way.