Bridge & Burn
Erik Prowell, the industrious and down-to-earth founder and designer of Bridge & Burn clothing, proves that you don’t need much experience in fashion design to create a successful clothing line—you just need ambition, a keen eye, and the willingness to do the job yourself. Born in Bend, Oregon and now based in Portland, Prowell majored in computer science but developed an interest in fashion after co-founding a funny t-shirt business with a friend. Soon he graduated to making more sophisticated men’s and women’s wear inspired by his father and grandfather’s wardrobes and his nature-influenced, Oregonian upbringing. The Bridge & Burn aesthetic emphasizes clean lines, practicality, and unpretentious styles that straddle the line between outdoorsy and urban hipster.