We had the good fortune of connecting with Krysia Strumpf and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krysia, what are you inspired by?
I am inspired by the environment & the people I surround myself with. I recently I moved from Boston to Los Angeles – all of my tastes and styles has changed. I love neutral pallets, browns & greens of the California desert – but also bold & bright colors of the murals & graffiti that decorates Los Angeles. The mix of people in this city is inspiring – I love to look around the room and wonder what everyones life story is (knowing that they are all completely different) and what they’re doing now. I love the fashion of LA – the street & beach style is so cool. Everyone is on their own wave but we all live in the same city!
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way? What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
When you work for Division 9 Collaborative, there is no application period, no interview stages, no resume review. You either get it or you don’t. We work completely different than any other company its kind of like running onto a moving train. We work fast, we are demanding, we know what our customers & clients need and we promise to always deliver.
My first time meeting Tony & seeing the D9C showroom I had on a Joy Division t-shirt and had hot pink hair extension. When you first walk into the showroom he had ‘Yellow Submarine’ in graffiti style decal stickers on floor, with a record player blaring whatever vinyl he was into for the week. At that moment I mentally thought – yep this is gonna work!
And it did! It wasn’t easy – it took a lot of self starting motivation to learn the business, memorize product details, being knowledgeable about all the products in the showroom from wallpaper to tile to concrete.
I didn’t go to school for anything related to interior design, had no background in the industry – but as long as you have the drive to work hard, and to learn, you can build and grow within the business & take on more responsibility.
After 3 years – the D9C team has grown tremendously in Boston & we are quickly taking off in Los Angeles and can’t wait to see what the next few years bring.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
This is actually the perfect question for me… Since moving to Los Angeles I have a whole list of places I’ve explored & more I want to check out! I’ve had a bunch of friends come & visit, this is what our itinerary includes: Sunset Picnic @ Santa Monica Beach / Cruise Hollywood Blvd at Night (to see the lights & people watch) then up to Mulholland Drive / Tacos @ Tacos Tu Madre in Los Feliz / Happy Hour @ Gracias Madre / Thrifting on Melrose / Hiking in Topanga / Dessert @ The Dolly Llama / Day Trip to go Antiquing in Palm Springs… OK I have spilled enough secrets!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to Shoutout to my amazing D9C team, I know everyday has a different challenge but we get through it together with hard work and dedication. Also my forever partner in crime Nikhil Walton for motivating me daily to be my best self. And for the continued support from my amazing parents who are always just a phone call away on a good or bad day.
Photographer, Nikhil Walton