Riche Holmes Grant

My Story

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As a designer...

I’m a self-taught designer who got my start at the bottom, literally. Shortly after having my daughter, Riley, in 2012, I found that there was no job more fulfilling than being a mom, but the smells, spills and thrills made the gig a bit less than glamourous. For nearly a year, I worked in my basement while Riley was asleep to develop the concept: functional and fashionable products that would complement—not cramp—my mommy style.

My BambiniWare™ line made its "Grant" entrance into the world in 2013 (on Riley's 1st birthday!) with a collection of smart + stylish gear designed to make life easier for the modern mom. Featuring chic bibs, burp cloths, organic wash cloths, feeding sleeves and aprons, BambiniWare's patented products are born and made in the USA.

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In 2014, BambiniWare was hand-picked by Martha Stewart to partner with Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in the highly curated Martha Stewart American Made Market.

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As an education entrepreneur...

For 10 years prior to BambiniWare, I worked full-time as President and Chief Academic Officer of Innovative Study Techniques (IST), a Maryland-based test prep, tutoring and private school and college admissions consulting company that I founded in my hometown in 2003 after following the invaluable advice that my grandfather gave me before I graduated from law school. His last words to me before he died were, “Take some time off to figure out what you really want to do before you start working.”

Thousands of students and countless success stories later, I have no regrets about choosing education over law at the start of my career.

As a lifestyle expert and content creator…

I write about all things stylish mom life, food and fun on my Life in the Mommy Lane blog housed at BambiniWare.com. I’m also a contributing lifestyle writer to MarthaStewart.com, with a specialty in DIY and family-friendly content.

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In 2018, I joined Williams Sonoma as a culinary expert, where I teach cooking classes and design fabulous in-store events and experiences around food and entertaining.

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My newest venture, The Riche Life, is a lifestyle web series designed to help other women lead happy, fulfilling, perfectly-imperfect lives on their own terms too. It's a mash-up of everything I do in my roles as a mom, wife, entrepreneur, designer, maker, home chef, blogger and all the beautiful parts of my life that make me rich (pun totally intended!). My most popular content? Tablescapes!

My work has been featured on MarthaStewart.com, HuffingtonPost.com, NPR, Essence.com, SheKnows.com, Pier1.com, and in Ebony magazine and Williams Sonoma and West Elm stores.

As a double Ivy Leaguer and (sometimes) a lawyer...

I have a BA in Public Policy from Brown University, where I spent a year at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and a JD from Columbia Law School, where I spent a semester at the University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS). I'm still licensed to practice law (but only the fun stuff!) in New York and Maryland.

As a mover and a shaker...

I’m so honored to serve as an official digital ambassador for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, where I use my platform to raise awareness and funds to support St. Jude’s life-saving mission. I'm also a former board chair of the national walking non-profit, GirlTrek (the largest public health non-profit for African-American women and girls in the US) and a former appointee to the Maryland Governor’s Commission on Small Business.

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In 2018, I was a runner-up in a pitch competition hosted by JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores at Alt Summit, the premier conference for creative entrepreneurs and stylish social media influencers. In 2017, I was named a regional finalist in WeWork's Inaugural Creator Awards; in 2015, I was named a style finalist in the Martha Stewart American Made Awards; and, in 2014, I was honored as one of the “Forty Under 40” top business leaders in Prince George’s County, MD.

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As simply "Riche"...

In my (very) coveted spare time, I enjoy cooking with my family, walking, yoga, cycling, reading, watching indie films and traveling. I live in the Washington, DC area with my husband, Cedric, and my daughter and muse, Riley, now six years old.

 
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