Bravefriend Apparel and Design

Bravefriend Apparel and Design We are very proud to be officially working with the Weimaraner Rescue of South Carolina now. We will be donating a portion of our profits from every sale of Bravefriend items to help with medical, fostering, transportation, and placement of rescues.
Allow me to explain how I got started designing and printing my clothing line and what was my inspiration. When I graduated college I got a job working for the senior partner for a large law firm in Columbia, SC. I had studied business but I had been doing art before I could write my name. I worked there for about a year and a half before my life took a dramatic turn. On the night of April 20th 1999 my house caught fire while my roommate and I were sleeping. Luckily, Tanner, my dog woke, me up by licking my face. When I arose I saw that the house was completely engulfed in flames and I had only a few seconds to break my roommates door down and pull him out to safety before the house collapsed. I thought my dog had followed me out but in all the confusion he was still inside. I tried to save him but the windows were painted shut.. He died that morning…giving his life to save my roommate’s life and mine…thus “Sometimes a Dog is as good as any Man.” The kicker was, not only did I lose my dog but also I lost everything I had ever owned. I did not have renter’s insurance at the time and the law firm blamed me for the fire even though it was the faulty electrical wiring. This meant nothing of mine would be replaced. I was young and no one had ever told me about renter’s insurance. Thankfully, family and friends were a big support during this time in my life by donating time, clothing, a place to stay, shoulders to cry on and money when they could spare it. I was devastated about the loss of my dog…thinking I would never see his young face again and I was unsure how I would ever rebuild my life. Subsequently a friend of mine suggested using some of that hidden and untapped art talent of mine by drawing John Bell from my favorite band since 1990…Widespread Panic. Listening to their music inspired me to attempt my first portrait of John Bell singing his heart out to the crowd. I made the illustration into a shirt and headed out to Mud Island for their two night run in 1999. Well before I knew it I had sold all of them in two days and I had gotten such great responses from so many fans to reproduce the first one again and to do another new design. So I drew two new illustrations and produced them as shirts. Soon after I packed what little I had and hit the roads with friends for summer tour 1999. That was my first time out west…we hit every show and every national park in between. I saw some of the best shows I had ever seen in new places surrounded by so many great people. I had been away from my family but at the same time my new family had grown by the hundreds. I had finally found a way to express myself…to use my talent by drawing the band members and capturing a moment in each concert that touched and moved my soul. It moved me so much that I wanted to continue sharing my art and designs with everyone. When I returned home from that tour…I sat down and tried to come up with a logo for my new venture. In a time in my life of great loss and despair, I was able to grow and rebuild my life and I owe that to Widespread Panic. While traveling and attending these concerts I met so many beautiful people that consoled me in my troubled times and helped show me there was so much more life to live and experience and that great things can come out of tragedy if I just believe. They were right…I found my calling in life and that was to express music through art. So the logo I chose was a drawing of Tanner, my hero. The drawing only took 5 minutes and then it came to me… I decided to call my business, Brave Friend Apparel & Design. In his honor, I thought this slogan would be appropriate:” Sometimes a Dog is as good as any Man.” From that point on, while traveling to support my favorite musicians, I passed out endless amounts of Brave Friend stickers to promote my work and Widespread Panic’s musical vibe. Before I knew it, thousands of people around this country knew about Brave Friend and the story about the dog behind it, more then they knew me. The support of all the fans has been a tremendous impact on my life’s direction. Most importantly, I thought I would never see my dog’s face again, but with all the fans’ and the band’s support it has allowed me to see his face wherever I go and allow his memory to live on vicariously through the music. The Concept Evolution of Brave Friend After the fire, I was left with a steep hill to climb. I could only salvage about 5% of my belongings from the ashes of the house. Without renters insurance, I was entitled to no restitution for my ruined possessions. Take it from me, and get renter’s insurance. It’s cheap and it may keep you from having to start with nothing as I had to. Having nothing and with nothing to lose, I began drawing. I took apiece inspired by friends and my favorite band, made into a t-shirt and hit the road to ride out my blues. Everyone seemed pretty enthusiastic about the results of my first offering. Many people encouraged me to go further with my ideas. As I continued traveling, I subsequently printed more and more different shirts. The requests for new artwork mounted. I kept making shirts and the rest, as they say, is history. It means a great deal to see my artwork bring so many different things to different people. I take all of your comments to heart, so please, “keep “em coming.” It is through your energy that I able to create. I have come so far since that awful day in April of 1999. It is through the continued generosity of family and friends I have been allowed to rebuild my life from the ashes it once lay in. In an attempt to properly express my gratitude, I have left my artwork at your disposal. If I can be of assistance to anyone out there, don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected]. I am available to assist in logo design, portraits, screen-printing, embroidery, or sketches of your loved ones. If I can help someone in the slightest way, please contact me. Thank you so much for your time and appreciation. Thanks Again, Patrick Donovan Founder and Designer Brave Friend Apparel & Design
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We are packing up and shipping a ton of these new Vintage “No Bad Vibes” and Moon Time Bar & Grill Pullover Hoodies toda...
12/16/2019

We are packing up and shipping a ton of these new Vintage “No Bad Vibes” and Moon Time Bar & Grill Pullover Hoodies today. We have plenty of sizes in each from X-Small-2XL to go under the Christmas Tree. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #livingthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #widespreadexpressions

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Super Love... 💕
12/15/2019

Super Love... 💕

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... Happy Holidays Everyone!❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendap...
12/15/2019

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.... Happy Holidays Everyone!❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendworldheadquarters @silipint #silipint

It’s pretty tough to get anything done with these two snugglers on a Sunday... ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravef...
12/15/2019

It’s pretty tough to get anything done with these two snugglers on a Sunday... ❤️#bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #bravefrienddogs #love4penelope #love4hubie

Here is another pic of the new Captain’s Hats we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House . They will be availabl...
12/15/2019

Here is another pic of the new Captain’s Hats we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House . They will be available on their online store and at the Holiday Market tonight at the PoHo. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pourhousecharleston #pohofamily #pohofam #lovelivemusic #supportsmallbusiness #supportyourfriends #supportyourfriendsbusiness

We really love how these new Captain’s Hats turned out for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily ...
12/15/2019

We really love how these new Captain’s Hats turned out for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pourhousecharleston #pohofamily #pohofam #lovelivemusic #supportsmallbusiness #supportyourfriends #supportyourfriendsbusiness

We really love how these vintage Moon Time Bar & Grill Pullover Hoodies turned out today. Did we mention how insanely so...
12/15/2019

We really love how these vintage Moon Time Bar & Grill Pullover Hoodies turned out today. Did we mention how insanely soft they are inside?❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #livinthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #timetoliveitup #moontimebarandgrillmerch #widespreadexpressions #panicfamily #widespreadpanicfans

We are having a Flash Sale starting right now. We will be open Saturday at our shop from 11am-3pm. Please stop by and Sa...
12/14/2019

We are having a Flash Sale starting right now. We will be open Saturday at our shop from 11am-3pm. Please stop by and Save 15% off your entire purchase.
If you can’t make it by for a visit please use Coupon Code: BEKIND while shopping online. This Limited Time Offer self destructs in 24 hours....

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❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #supportyourfriendsbusiness #shoplocal #shopsc #aikensc #aiken4aiken

Not sure if Hubie’s cool with this or not... We are having a Flash Sale starting right now. We will be open tomorrow at ...
12/14/2019

Not sure if Hubie’s cool with this or not... We are
having a Flash Sale starting right now. We will be open tomorrow at our shop from 11am-3pm. Please stop by and Save 15% off your entire purchase.
If you can’t make it by for a visit please use Coupon Code: BEKIND while shopping online. This Limited Time Offer self destructs in 24 hours....

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❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #supportyourfriendsbusiness #shoplocal #shopsc #aikensc #aiken4aiken

LOVE LIVE MUSIC!Here is the back of the new super soft hoodies we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #br...
12/12/2019

LOVE LIVE MUSIC!
Here is the back of the new super soft hoodies we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pourhousecharleston #pohofamily #pohofam #lovelivemusic #supportsmallbusiness #supportyourfriends #supportyourfriendsbusiness

Here is the front of the new super soft hoodies we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily...
12/12/2019

Here is the front of the new super soft hoodies we made for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pourhousecharleston #pohofamily #pohofam #lovelivemusic #supportsmallbusiness #supportyourfriends #supportyourfriendsbusiness

Working on some new super soft zip up hoodies for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefri...
12/12/2019

Working on some new super soft zip up hoodies for our good friends Charleston Pour House ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #pourhousecharleston #pohofamily #pohofam

We just love how these new custom pint glass koozies turned out that we printed for one our long time west coast custome...
12/09/2019

We just love how these new custom pint glass koozies turned out that we printed for one our long time west coast customers The Brewing Lair in Cali. We appreciate all your continued support over the years. Cheers and Happy Holidays from all of us here at Bravefriend! ❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #craftbeer #thebrewinglair @TheBrewingLair

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I absolutely love when a shirt design turns out even better then I had envisioned. Introducing our new Moon Time Bar & G...
12/08/2019

I absolutely love when a shirt design turns out even better then I had envisioned. Introducing our new Moon Time Bar & Grill Garment Dyed Long-sleeve Pocket Tees. ❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #livinthemoontime #livingthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #timetoliveitup #moontimebarandgrillmerch #widespreadexpressions #widespreadpanictour #widespreadpanicfamily

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Hubie and I hope y’all are living the moon time ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendwagon...
12/08/2019

Hubie and I hope y’all are living the moon time ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendwagon #bravefriendcruiser #love4hubie #livingthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #moontimebarandgrillmerch #timetoliveitup

Cheers to your friends so near! ❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefri...
12/06/2019

Cheers to your friends so near! ❤️ #bravefriend #bravefriendfamily #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle #livinthemoontime #moontimebarandgrill #timetoliveitup #moontimebarandgrillmerch #widespreadexpressions #panicfamily #widespreadpanicfans

Sunday Shenanigans with Sam. We are still offering 20% off your entire purchase in our store today to say thank you for ...
12/02/2019

Sunday Shenanigans with Sam. We are still offering 20% off your entire purchase in our store today to say thank you for everyone’s support with our small business.
If you can’t come visit us you can still use Coupon Code until 11:59pm tonight : BRAVEFRIENDS to save 20% off on your entire order online . ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendcustomgoods #bravefriendlifestyle

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Hubie has decided to extend our sale for one more day to show his appreciation for everyone’s support. Please use Coupon...
12/01/2019

Hubie has decided to extend our sale for one more day to show his appreciation for everyone’s support. Please use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save 20% off your entire order online. ❤️

This sale is for a Limited Time.

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Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everyone’s support on Small Business Saturday and Everyday. Lots of ❤️ ❤️ If...
11/30/2019

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for everyone’s support on Small Business Saturday and Everyday. Lots of ❤️ ❤️ If you could not come visit us this weekend at our shop you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save 20% Off on your online orders❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #supportyourfriends #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday
#aiken4aiken
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We ❤️ Our Customers. Make sure to support small businesses today and everyday. We would like to say thank you by offerin...
11/30/2019

We ❤️ Our Customers. Make sure to support small businesses today and everyday. We would like to say thank you by offering 20% Off everything in our store today. We will be open this Small Business Saturday
from 10am-3pm.
If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

We ❤️ Our Customers. Remember to support small businesses today and everyday. We would like to say thank you by offering...
11/30/2019

We ❤️ Our Customers. Remember to support small businesses today and everyday. We would like to say thank you by offering 20% Off everything in our store today. We will be open from 10am-3pm.

If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #supportyourfriends #supportsmallbusiness #shoplocal #shopsmall #smallbusinesssaturday
#aiken4aiken
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Thank you for supporting small business.We are offering  20 % off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are ope...
11/29/2019

Thank you for supporting small business.
We are offering 20 % off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

www.bravefriend.net

We are offering  20% Off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm....
11/29/2019

We are offering 20% Off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

www.bravefriend.net

Remember to Support all small businesses. These new Bravefriend Women’s Fleece Zip Up Jackets are insanely soft inside a...
11/29/2019

Remember to Support all small businesses. These new Bravefriend Women’s Fleece Zip Up Jackets are insanely soft inside and out.
We are offering 20% Off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.
If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

www.bravefriend.net

Remember to shop small businesses...We are offering 20 % off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Fri...
11/29/2019

Remember to shop small businesses...

We are offering 20 % off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-3pm.

If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

www.bravefriend.net

Good Morning Everyone! We just wanted to tell you again how thankful we are for all of you. Remember to shop small.We ar...
11/29/2019

Good Morning Everyone! We just wanted to tell you again how thankful we are for all of you. Remember to shop small.

We are offering 20 % off everything in our store today and tomorrow. We are open Friday: 10am-6pm and Saturday 10am-4pm.

If you can’t come visit us you can use Coupon Code: BRAVEFRIENDS to save on your online orders. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily

www.bravefriend.net

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11/28/2019

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos
11/28/2019

Timeline Photos

Introducing our new Bravefriend Unisex Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover Hoodie. It will be the softest and most comfortable swe...
11/28/2019

Introducing our new Bravefriend Unisex Tri-Blend Fleece Pullover Hoodie. It will be the softest and most comfortable sweatshirt you will ever out on. This color shown is: Vintage Heather Grey. ❤️ #bravefriendfamily #bravefriend #bravefriendapparel #bravefriendlifestyle #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #supportyourfriendsbusiness #shoplocal #shopsc #aikensc

Address

2171 Whiskey Rd
Aiken, SC
29803

Opening Hours

Monday 11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 18:00
Thursday 11:00 - 18:00
Friday 11:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(803) 816-2695

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