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Hand printed shirts that inspire greatness. Changing the world with inspired lifestyle clothing.

Stretch Goals:

$9,000 - UNLOCKED - All backers of $25 or more will receive 2 of our 11" x 17" inspirational posters for FREE.

$10,000 - All backers of $25 or more will receive all 3 of our 11" x 17" inspirational posters for FREE + extra wristbands and stickers for all pledges of $10 or more.

- Featured as one of TrendHunter's Top 20 Fashion Stories!

Life is simple.
Be kind, loving, and accepting.
Set your ego aside and pick others up.
Don’t complain about problems, solve them.
If someone knocks you down, stand back up.
You won't get anywhere by talking. Start doing.
Don’t just dream and forget. Wake your dreams.
Smile, laugh, and be joyful.
Treat the next stranger you meet as if they are family.

The more you give, the more you will receive.
Don’t be satisfied with a sedentary lifestyle.
Dare to live with a passion never seen before.
Set your heart on fire, it's the only way to shine bright.

- The Brighter Fire Manifesto

What is Brighter Fire Apparel?

Brighter Fire Apparel was founded on the concept that each and every one of us has the ability to change the world. There is a spark inside of us that wants to burn its way out, and when we let our own fire burn, we give other people the inspiration to do the same.

"What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
― Jane Goodall

This clothing line wasn't created to be something that would limit itself to a certain group of people. Inspiration is for everyone at any time. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do. What matters is that you want to live an inspired life

Why Kickstarter?

When I started Brighter Fire Apparel, I was able to print hundreds of shirts through a print on demand supplier, but that's not how I wanted to run this brand. Hand printing my own items was something I wanted to do from the beginning. Knowing that was the direction I wanted to take, I dedicated hundreds of hours to building the equipment, sourcing the garments, developing the website, and marketing this idea to thousands of people across the world.

As I got more involved in this project, I realized the good this can do. Jobs would be created in the Michigan economy, items could be printed any time, and the joy of giving people something unique thrilled me! Being able to create a product that is not mass produced is something that I cherish, and with that, you can have pride knowing that when you wear the apparel, only a few others will wear the exact same item!

Now I need you! I've gotten it this far, but it's going to need a Kickstart         (pun intended). to get the Spring / Summer line produced and delivered.

Help Us Launch Our First Hand Printed Line

By donating to our Kickstarter campaign, you will be making the production of Brighter Fire Apparel's first hand printed line possible.

Help Us Launch Our First Hand Printed Line

By donating to our Kickstarter campaign, you will be making the production of Brighter Fire Apparel's first hand printed line possible.

What will the $7,500 be going to?

  • Establishing Spring / Summer inventory with existing three designs
  • Ability to release more designs and styles this Spring / Summer
  • Equipment upgrades for our printing shop
  • Fulfilling the Kickstarter rewards

If we reach our funding goal, you can be happy knowing you were a huge part of starting something great and get some awesome rewards at the same time!

Why Detroit?

You may ask, "Why Detroit?" Why not Detroit? As our logo demonstrates, a Phoenix rises from the ashes. Brighter Fire has a true desire to help bring Detroit back to its former glory.

"Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus"                                                        We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes                              - The Motto of Detroit, MI             

In every dark moment, there will always be light. Detroit may be down, but it sure isn't knocked out. There are thousands of inspired individuals still fighting to improve this city. Here are some links to show the great things still happening in Detroit:

Believe in Detroit

Russell Industrial Center

Inside Detroit

Detroit Institute of Art        

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
       - Anatole France

The Rewards

As a unique brand, we bring something powerful to the clothing world. All of our items are hand printed in-house. We are powered by real blood and sweat, not cold, impersonal machines. Our clothing line is not printed on cheap items. All of our shirts are very high quality, not only in fit, but materials as well. Each garment is sourced from suppliers who follow strict ethical guidelines in their production facilities. Great care and detail goes into each and every product.

PLEASE NOTE: Each shirt is offered in Crew and V-Neck style (you get to choose at end of campaign). They are also offered in a male and female fit (you choose which fit you would like to receive) We understand that there is a major difference in how a male t-shirt would fit for a female, and that is why we are offering both. At the end of this campaign, each backer will receive a survey email that will include sizing charts for each item in their selected style and fit.

People always ask me a single question when they see Dare to Live. "Why the backwards E?" To truly live…you have to be different, and to be different, you must dare to go against the status quo.

Apple Inc. summarizes it best.

“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do.”

Dare to Live

Available in Male & Female Cut - Crew & V-Neck

Material: 60% Cotton | 40% Polyester ($25 pledge level)
Also available in a premium fitted 100% cotton crew t-shirt (choose between male or female fit) at the $15 pledge level.

Sizes: S-2XL

This design is the most meaningful in the Spring Collection. The inspiration for this design comes from a quote by Paul Valery,

"The best way to make your dreams come true is to wake up."

This was a totally new perspective. We all hear the saying "make dreams come true" but the real statement is right in front of us. The first step in making a dream reality is just . . . waking up. 

Wake Your Dreams

Available in Male & Female Cut - Crew & V-Neck

Material: 60% Cotton | 40% Polyester ($25 pledge level)
Also available in a premium fitted 100% cotton crew t-shirt (choose between male or female fit) at the $15 pledge level.

Sizes: S-2XL

Our hearts don’t need to always be “full”. The heart needs to be giving love right back out. If our hearts are always full, that means we are not giving back to a world that desperately needs us.  That is why the heart in 'Give Love Away' is a simple red outline-- to show that the heart has been giving love out.

The concept of giving love away is not something that takes a lot of explanation, it is very straightforward, just like the design. Love isn’t truly love until it is given away.

Give Love Away

Available in Male & Female Cut - Crew & V-Neck

Material: 60% Cotton | 40% Polyester ($25 pledge level)
Also available in a premium fitted 100% cotton crew t-shirt (choose between male or female fit) at the $15 pledge level.

Sizes: S-2XL

Dare To Live - Tri-Blend Hoodie

'Wake Your Dreams' is also available in Unisex Tri-Blend Hoodie (same colors as t-shirt)

Material: 50% Polyester | 25% Cotton | 25% Rayon 

Sizes: S-2XL

Inspire Greatness Hand Stamped Bracelet (Note. this is a draft design. We will release the official product pictures before the end of the campaign)

Material: Aluminum
Unisex Wrist Size

The Posters

Seize The Day - Poster (17" width x 11" height OR 24" width x 18" height)

The Possibilities are Endless - Poster (17" width x 11" height OR 24" width x 18" height)

Wake Your Dreams - Poster (11" width x 17" height OR 18" width x 24" height)

How to Order / Make a Pledge

We have received quite a few emails about this, so here we go.

Click on the actual reward box you want, here is an example:

- OR - you are able to click the green button at the top right of the project's main page that looks like this...

Clicking this will take you to the next step of the backing process.
Clicking this will take you to the next step of the backing process.

...a page that looks like this below. Once there, scroll down to find your reward (or rewards, yes, that's right, you can get as many as you'd like!)

Pledge Add-Ons

  • Add $15 for a 18' x 24' Poster
  • Add $20 for each additional premium blend t-shirt
  • Add $20 for Inspire Greatness hand stamped bracelet
  • Add $40 for each additional tri-blend hoodie
  • Add $60 for 1 t-shirt + 1 hoodie (can be added to pledges of $25 or more)

Take out the nearest calculator and begin to add up your rewards to find the total.

You can then enter the total in the little white box we showed you...then click submit! This will make you a successful backer of Brighter Fire Apparel's 2013 Spring / Summer line. You will get a confirmation email from Amazon. Once the project successfully completes, we will be in touch with specifics to confirm your order from that point.

Stretch Goals!

We wanted to add a little motivation to the final push! Check it out!

Goal #1 ($9000) - UNLOCKED - All backers of $25 or more will receive 2 of our 11" x 17" inspirational posters.

Goal #2 ($10,000) - All backers of $25 or more will receive all 3 of our 11" x 17" inspirational posters + extra wristbands and stickers for all pledges of $10 or more.

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What happens after Kickstarter?

After this Kickstarter project ends, the next step is to work as hard as possible to get your rewards out to you quickly! The online store will launch with the Spring / Summer line, and development will begin on the Fall line. But for now, it's about taking it one step at a time and it starts here on Kickstarter.

Thank you for your support. It means the world and more! Even if you do not donate to the project, please help spread the word! Every share, retweet, and like can help in big ways!

Josh Walker                                                                                               Brighter Fire Apparel

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Contact: Hello@BrighterFireApparel.com

All Works © 2013 Brighter Fire Apparel

Thank You

I want to say a HUGE thank you to Paul, Will, Eli, Tom, Adam, Tina, Ron, and Bethany for helping with this project in various ways! I wouldn't have been able to get this brand here without them. 

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The most immediate challenge really comes in getting the rewards printed, stamped, and shipped to you. From screen printing, jewelry stamping, product labeling, and shipping – there is a lot to be done to get these rewards into your hands. I look forward to personally handling each and every reward that will go out.

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