THE BARTBRIDGE STORY
Quick disclaimer before we get to the story:
All apparel on this site is made by fans, not by the team or league to which they may allude.
The only licensed materials on this site are the patches, and some re-purposed shirts and jerseys. We also use licensed stickers and eye-black.
We expect our sellers to only use licensed products when using a team's logo. We refer them to licensed manufacturers such as Emblem Source or National Emblem, and encourage them to use the Valet Service when using e-bay. When making images, we ask sellers not to use trademarked images or player likenesses except in the case of a clear parody.
Bart Bridge is not an affiliate of the NFL, NCAA, NBA, MLB, NHL or any other sports organization. Sellers hand-make their original designs using licensed and re-purposed patches.
This all started one day when I was invited by a friend to go to a game. We had great seats and I wanted to look good. So I went on a search to buy some gear for the game and all I could find was unimaginative and expensive apparel, made by some huge corporation overseas. So I decided to go down to the local thrift store and see what they had. I found a couple old pieces from the team I was looking for. I then found a vintage jacket that fit me perfectly. I took everything home, busted out the seam ripper and the sewing machine, disassembled and resembled, and once I had finished the piece, I was forever changed. I loved my new jacket for countless reasons and when I wore it to the game, the validation I received in the way of compliments from my friend and other fans was astounding. My friend told me I was like a celebrity. I have been making clothing for my favorite teams ever since.
I called the company Bart Bridge because it symbolized the confluence of all that is positive about the experience of being a fan. I think every person in the Bay Area has walked across that bridge from the Coliseum Bart Station to see a game in Oakland. That bridge is what connects the people in the community to the team. I can buy all sorts of goodies from the local street vendors, I save $40 on not parking in the team lot, and the diversity and density of locals who are all cheering for the same cause should engender pride in any and all who have taken the walk across that bridge.
Here at Bart Bridge, we know that different fans have different styles so we are dedicated to promoting local makers who put creative twists on their favorite teams. We have been promoting these local makers since 2010.
By using hyper-local allusions, creative word-play, imaginative illustrations, and repurposed merchandise, we aim to promote apparel for the fans, by the fans. Our hats, t-shirts, pants and jackets make great gifts and are a creative way to support your favorite team and local makers!
Except in the case of repurposed material, such as patches and shirts, none of these products are made by the teams. These are not licensed products.
Let me repeat this as clearly as I can: none of these products are themselves licensed by the team or league. We go to great lengths to avoid explicitly using the images and logos of players and teams. As for items with the team logos, these are made with re-purposed shirts and patches.
Due to the fact that so many items on the Marketplace are re-purposed, if you have any questions regarding the provenance or quality of an item or piece of an item, just ask. We do our best to provide information on sizing, fabric type, brand of product, origin of product, and quality of product.
With any questions or comments, contact us.