Terri Kohl

Co-founder, Brighton Collectibles

Terri Kohl is the co-founder, with her husband Jerry, of Brighton Collectibles, an accessories manufacturer and retailer with over 200 retail stores in the United States. Brighton products are also sold online and in more than 4,000 boutiques nationwide.  

The concept for Brighton began when Terri Kravitz and Jerry Kohl, high school sweethearts, opened a specialty retail store in 1969 in Alhambra, CA. They started a wholesale company in 1972 and made unisex belts and handbags. In 1991, Terri and Jerry launched the Brighton Collectibles brand with a single collection of belts. Over the years, Brighton has expanded their products to include a line of coordinating accessories and footwear. Brighton has remained a family owned company and places great importance on the role of the designer. They pride themselves as being a design house where designers sketch each creation by hand and follow the product from concept to fruition.

Brighton has a deep commitment to empowering families through supporting the health and welfare of women. Since 2003, the company has contributed over $9 million to a variety of causes. They have generously supported a variety of charities including the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Soles 4 Souls (which provides shoes for people who are in need) and numerous charities that feed the hungry in and near the communities which Brighton serves.

Terri is actively involved as a volunteer and contributor to numerous local and national organizations and has served on the ArtCenter100 Board since 2006. In Los Angeles, she is a member of the San Marino League (a volunteer group that supports ArtCenter and the Huntington Library), the President of The Blue Ribbon since 2019 (a premier women’s organization that supports The Music Center), sponsor of The Blue Ribbon Children’s Festival, and supporter of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Muse/ique. Terri joined the ArtCenter Board in 2015.