Christina Bryant

The Decor Afficionado with a Noble Mission

Christina Bryant was always passionate about design and service. But it wasn’t until she spent a post-graduate year with local artisans in Rwanda that her idea for a business blossomed. With a dual mission of supporting economic opportunity and preserving traditional crafts, Bryant founded the luxury home-decor brand St. Frank, where she curates goods like Mexican Otomi textiles and Zambian woven bowls straight from the local craftspeople who make them. With new shops in both New York and Los Angeles, it’s clearly only the beginning for this young CEO and tastemaker.

What is your biggest accomplishment to date?

“Running a business for the past five years is my biggest accomplishment to date. Regardless of what milestones St. Frank has or hasn’t hit, I’m most proud that I’ve fought through and kept our wheels moving. It’s been the most incredible adventure, but it’s also just really hard. Building St. Frank has come hand in hand with huge personal growth and tests of my strength, persistence, faith, adaptability, judgment and more. A close second: I set up two friends who are getting married this spring! It didn’t require much work on my end, but the result is pretty awesome.”

What’s something you’d like people to know about you or your job that they probably don’t?

“St. Frank wouldn’t be where it is today without my business partner, Steph Peng. Steph is the true behind-the-scenes operator making most things happen and allowing me to focus on creative and fund-raising, etc. She’s the often unsung hero and a true rock star. I wouldn’t want to be building St. Frank with anyone else.”

Snack food you can’t live without?

“Popcorn with truffle salt. I’m a salt junkie.”

Habit that has changed your life?

“Keeping a gratitude journal. I try to fill one page a day with things I’m grateful for, and it keeps everything in perspective. Someone once told me that you don’t want to be so focused on the blessings in other people’s lives that you miss all the things you’ve been given. That really hit me. I’m a very driven person and, like most, I’m always striving for more and better. It’s easy for me to focus on what I don’t have when my life is already full of more amazing things than one person could hope for or expect. In the journal I include things as simple as being grateful that I woke up this morning, and—wow—I am.”

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