Described as part Doris Day, part Mary Tyler Moore, Maxwell makes kitsch feel classy through her unparalleled personal flair for home design, entertaining and savvy household tips. Inspired by a divine thrift shop purchase of 1950's nesting bowls, she first began sharing her vintage/classic know-how with other Manhattanites in 1998 through her self-titled cable access television show. With an emphasis on uncompromising fabulousness, Brini quickly garnered a devoted fan base and established herself as the go-to-girl on vintage fashion and mid-century modern treasures. After five years on the local airwaves, her show was picked up nationally by the Style Network. The subsequent series has been called a delightful success and has attracted a diverse audience thorough its national platform.
In addition to her television show, Ms. Maxwell has also shared her wealth of knowledge and love of all things of the late '50's, 60's, and early '70's in numerous media interviews, which have included CNN, MSNBC, ABC World News Now, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, E! Entertainment Television, and The Learning Channel. She participated in the Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum's panel on Authenticity in Design, was a presenter at the Lambda Literary and James Beard Awards. In 2005 she released her first book, Brini Maxwell's Guide to Gracious Living. Since then, she has had a very successful series of podcasts in conjunction with NPR, and a successful video series of material from her original cable access show as well as new video content, which can be found at Brini.tv. She is currently writing and testing recipes for a cheese cookbook.
In 2007, Brini launched Felix Populi (felixpopuli.com) with a line of pillows, and in 2008 was expanded into tabletop and kitchen items including napkins, tea towels and aprons.
Brini resides with her creator Ben Sander in a charming Chelsea apartment, which serves as the studio and set for her video series.