After leaving KCAI, Brienna founded Beatrix Designs Millinery, specializing in uniquely designed, exotic millinery using traditional millinery techniques. Beatrix Designs was featured in the San Francisco Fashion Week and also appeared in several fashion shoots and boutiques in Northern California and Oregon.
Pushing the envelope of traditional millinery, Brienna began to work with precious metals, incorporating them into her hat making. She began to weave, knit and wrap metals into intricate designs on fascinator headpieces along with silks, furs, vintage laces, and feathers. As she expanded her creative visions, her headwear creations bridged the gap between millinery and jewelry. She began to employ textile techniques using gold and silver, as her focus on jewelry began to take form.