Burgess was brought to life in 2017 by Cathy Burgess in Newport, Rhode Island. The founder's inspiration stems from watching a Martha's Vineyard sunset, spring afternoon walks, and nights gathered around the fire. Burgess believes that every woman deserves high-quality, fashionable sweaters that are not only cozy but also luxurious. Sustainability is a core value for Burgess. Burgess uses sustainable and responsible yarns in the creation of their knitwear.