Through the 1970s and early 1980s, the designs evolved from jean belts to something more. The Brighton name began in 1985 out of the heritage of well-tailored, finely crafted, refined men’s belts – which the company then sold to men’s stores. The men’s stores also often had small ladies’ departments, so Lady Brighton was launched in 1990 with a small collection of classic tailored women’s belts made of traditional croco and crafted with the same quality found in Brighton’s men’s belts. Most specialty stores had to send their customers to a department store for a handbag, but with the debut of the Brighton handbag line in 1993 the stores were able to accessorize their customers with handbags to match the quality of Brighton belts.
Of course a woman needs a wallet and small leather accessories – so wallets, key fobs, lipstick cases, card cases and cell phone cases were added to the product line. Then other product lines followed: fine timepieces, signature fragrances, jewelry, gifts and sunglasses. During the same time frame, in 1998, the first Brighton-only store (which started from an idea by a specialty store owner) was opened in the Dallas Galleria… and became a runaway success!
By leaps and bounds beyond their original vision, Jerry and Terri’s dream continued to grow. In 1995, footwear was added to the line – making Brighton the only product line that accessorizes women from head to toe! Today there are over 160 Brighton Collectibles stores and the company’s concern for its customers, consumers and employees extends from Brighton Headquarters and the stores that carry Brighton into the world nearby and around the globe.
Jerry and Terri have a deep commitment to empowering families through supporting the health of women and generously support a variety of charities including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles 4 Soles (providing shoes for people who are in need in the U.S. and abroad) and numerous charities that feed the hungry in and near the communities which Brighton serves.