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Blue Tenango Mexican embroidery, from $785.
Biddew Noir, from $675.
Marketing Adviser Julie Tucker, Founder Christina Bryant and Director of Operations Minda Nicolas.
Christina Bryant in Tanzania at a Maasai Boma, not far from Ngorongoro Crater.

Looming Large

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Launched online in October—and now with a companion Sacramento Street showroom—St. Frank imports textile art culled from around the world.

Exquisite prints are emblazoned with a St. Frank product tag, matted in linen and set into any number of custom frames (white, silver, sleek black, warm maple or a statement-making shadow box). Stanford M.B.A. Christina Bryant, 29, has jumped between fine art and poster with this artisan craft business. There are Chintamani Turk crochets and delicate rose-pomegranate Suzanis as romantic as Josef Frank florals; bold, modern geometry in black-and-white Biddew pieces from Senegal. “Women in developing countries are not given equal access,” says Bryant of St. Frank’s choice to vet master workshops and collectives in under-resourced communities as partners. “Textile making has served as an alternative way for women to communicate their stories.” 3675 Sacramento St., S.F.; stfrank.com.

Written and edited by Alison Clare Steingold.