Vicky Tsai lives in San Francisco, though chances are you have not seen her around town, she tends to shy from the camera, travels often to Japan and New York, and hangs out with geisha, beauty editors and chemists. Tsai’s style is unique and all about comfort, yet at the same time she is elegant and striking. Tsai likes to wear kimonos and yukata over leggings and tank tops.
A Harvard Business School graduate, product developer and brand strategist, Tsai was lured to the Bay Area from New York by a startup in 2008. By 2009 she started her own beauty company, Tatcha. Her first product, Aburatorigami, Japanese blotting paper, was a hit and gained a celebrity following. By 2011, she had launched Tatcha’s skincare line, inspired by the beauty secrets of the geisha, and become a mother.
Vicky Tsai’s favorite shops for fashion: Decades and Des Kohan, both in Los Angeles
Must-have item for travel: a scarf made of wild silk that double as a blanket yet fits into a baggie, made by Tatz Miki
10-second beauty tip: gently exfoliate daily; the top layer of skin is where sunspots are formed, remove it and the radiance from the next layer can shine through. Tatcha’s Polished, gentle rice enzyme powder, is made for just that, and has been proven to decrease pore size by 70 percent. Tatcha products are available at Barneys and online.
Vicky Tsai’s everyday look includes silk tops from Japan, Helmut Lang leggings and ballet flats
When she wants to be fancy, not often, Vicky Tsai chooses a simple black dress; this one is by Theory, jewelry by Alexis Bittar
When out exploring, Tsai tends to wear a motorcycle jacket, Helmut Lang leggings and a favorite pair of boots, by Fendi
A geisha wearing a kimono, captured mid-dance; kimonos can weigh up to 40 lbs and cost $100,000
Vicky Tsai with a geisha and friend in Kyoto
The secret to Heidi Klum’s gorgeous glowing skin at the People’s Choice Awards? Tatcha’s Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream and Revitalizing Eye Cream, makeup by Laura Mohberg
Tsai in a scarf by Tatz Miki
Tatcha’s deep hydration lifting mask and deep brightening serum
Tatcha recreates the geisha’s minimalist beauty regime with fresh preparations of concentrated bioactive materials, accessing their active ingredients through a proprietary extraction process of green tea, Okinawa red algae and rice bran
More local women whose style we admire (in alphabetical order): Joy Bianchi, Lindsay Bolton, Barbara Brown, Karen Caldwell, Paula Carano, Carolyn Chandler, Dr. Carolyn Chang, Juliet de Baubigny, Samantha DuVall, Vanessa Getty, Angelique Griepp, Hasti Kashfia, Stephanie Marver, Sonya Molodetskaya, Deepa Pakianathan, Yurie Pascarella, Komal Shah, Sobia A. Shaikh, OJ Shansby, Charlotte Shultz, Christine Suppes, Elizabeth Touw, Katie Traina, Dede Wilsey, Victoria Yeager