My Vintage Brighton: What’s in your purse?

August 7, 2020

My current purse is a vintage Brighton. It is all black leather, with dark brown highlight on the flap, and a braided brown handle. It has a decorative silver detail on the flap, and on the top securing the handle. It iis a mini, and measures 8”w x 5”h, and expands to 3” deep. I have had this purse for over twenty years. I am the original owner. My son gave it to me as a gift!

I remember that I discovered about Brighton while I was a teacher. One of my students gave me a leather black and brown key chain, with a silver heart. The heart had the name Brighton embossed on it. I loved that key chain, and I used it every day. When I inquired about it, I discovered that the company was known for their well built leather purses. Shortly after that, I found myself in their store picking out a purse for my birthday. I still own and regularly use that purse also. It is made of red leather, has a braided shoulder length strap/handle, and beautiful lining..

Although my mini purse is little, it is incredibly well made. It was designed to be a purse and also a wallet. It even has a Velcro pocket , on the outside, for storing a pair of glasses. It is this incredible design that inspired me to write today’s blog. I was at a doctors appointment today, and when I realized just how many things my mini purse holds. It is a mini version of Mary Poppins’’ bag!

This realization got me thinking about other purses. I looked around in the doctor’s waiting room. I wondered what was in the other purses. When I got home I found. myself looking through my purse. I was shocked at how many things it held.

What is in your purse? I found the following treasures in my purse: four pairs of gloves #pandemic, one lipstick, one chapstick, one snack bar peanuts/dates, one snack bag of mixed nuts, one pen, one mini bottle of Purcell hand sanitizer #pandemic,, one pair of glasses, one mini tub of Vaseline lipgloss, one dollar, some change, a paper face mask #pandemic, one marker, one leather business card holder (full of cards), eight store cards/bank card, my license, and two “MammoWipes” #pandemic. Can you guess what my appointment was for?

I thought I should include some facts about the Brighton Company, according to their website: #notsponsored

“The Brighton brand was founded by Jerry and Terri Kohl, who envisioned a different kind of company that would be built from the heart – focused on treating our customers and employees the way they love to be treated. We launched Brighton in 1991 with a single collection of belts. Over the years, it has evolved into an extensive line of stylish products that accessorize women from head to toe. You’ll find our products at over 180 Brighton Collectible stores and in over 4,000 fine specialty boutiques or online.Our company prides itself on the “Brighton Difference,” which is rooted in the belief that the difference is in the details. Brighton is one of the few design houses where our own designers sketch each creation by hand and then follow the product from concept to fruition. It’s a traditional process that has been practiced for centuries – yet the accessories themselves are always fashion-relevant and timeless works of art.Brighton’s philosophy is simple, yet it is intertwined in everything we do – from creating beautiful accessories with lasting quality to treating each customer as if they were the only customer. We believe in, and practice, making everyone feel as special as they truly are. We have a lot of heart at Brighton – and we’re a pretty passionate team. We hope you find our passion contagious…and follow your heart to Brighton.”


“For over 40 years this family-owned, Los Angeles-based company has focused on custom design and craftsmanship, creating timeless handbags, jewelry and coordinating accessories made from the finest materials sourced from around the globe—including leathers from Chicago’s Horween Tannery and Swarovski crystals from Austria.”

What is in your purse? Please take a minute to share in the comments. I am so curious! Thank you for sharing!

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