Brinko Ties is the joint effort of Bethany Brinko and Elizabeth Sutherlin who were inspired by fashion designer, collector and grandmother, Maria Victoria Brinko. Maria was born and raised in New York City where she was a woman before her time and was always thinking about fashion in a smart way. Her designs were based on great technical skill and flattering cuts for the woman’s figure.
In an age when men dominated the scene, Maria was studying at FIT, working and living in New York as a successful businesswoman. Maria worked as a personal director for some of the largest department stores of that time. Never satisfied with the ordinary, Maria took old ideas and made them new, wearing men’s ties accentuated with sparkling brooches. From a young age Bethany and her grandma shared a strong and unique bond. Bethany would beg her grandmother to tell her stories of her time in New York, and was inspired by Maria’s strength, skill, intelligence, innovation and creativity.
When Bethany and Elizabeth were introduced they were in college. Fashion was their first connection. Bethany was wearing one of her grandma Maria’s pieces and Elizabeth immediately inquired about it. That was the conversation that started a long friendship and now a business partnership. Bethany and Elizabeth took Maria’s courage and creativity and turned it into something truly made for women, a woman’s tie, structured like a necklace and each accentuated by a handpicked vintage brooch. A deliberately chosen button serves as the closure both for aesthetics and ease of wear, making this more of a hybrid between a tie, a scarf and a necklace. The business also now expands to include a revolutionary take on classic men’s neck wear by thoughtfully incorporating new fabrics to bring a fresh face to traditional style.
Grandma Maria passed away just a year ago but her spirit carries on. Now Elizabeth and Bethany are bringing to fruition a blended vision of three women. We hope you like it, and know that each tie is it’s own piece of art made just for you!
By Sir Fashion