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!