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Brighton Design Director - Monica Kostelnik

Brighton’s Design Director, Monica, has a deep passion for fashion and accessories. She forecasts trends, maps out seasonal color palettes, oversees the development of materials, and guides our talented in-house design team. She also works closely with Jerry Kohl, Brighton’s owner and founder, to turn his vision into reality.

What's Your Background?
I went to FIDM — studying fashion design, draping fabrics and illustrating. I love colors, textiles, and leathers! l am enthralled by the fast pace of production.

Your Favorite Things...
My three grown-up kids, playing piano, escaping to Belmond El Encanto Hotel in Santa Barbara with my husband Bill, Rumer (check out her music), and pool time!

Currently reading?
Little Girl Blue: The Life of Karen Carpenter.

How do you select trends?
I’m inspired by fashion trends and runway reporting. I follow home décor trends because they’re timeless. We watch the pulse of our customer and see what she responds to in order to bring her more of what she’ll love.

Most rewarding part of your job?
I get to work with very talented people – and always face exciting and challenging projects. We envision something and actually create it in our minds and then figure out how to produce it. It’s thrilling when samples arrive and are more beautiful than you could have imagined!

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