San Francisco Style: Joy Venturini Bianchi

San Francisco Style: Joy Venturini Bianchi
Joy Venturini Bianchi

San Francisco Style:  Joy Venturini Bianchi

San Francisco style icon Joy Venturini Bianchi is easy to spot: just look for the woman wearing a designer dress — just right for the occasion — an inviting smile, and large, black-framed eyeglasses.  Bianchi’s red-carpet style stems from her life-long work, since age 13, assisting people who are developmentally disabled in San Francisco. Her fashion knowledge and connections bring donations of couture and designer clothing from around the world to San Francisco.

From both of her parents, Bianchi said she learned about quality, fit, investing in great pieces, how to mix them up and make them work. Bianchi’s mother wore all the latest fashions from Chanel, Bill Blass, and Dior, and her father was an Italian shoe designer. She recalls sitting with her father and turning pages in art books, mostly of the Madonna, while he shared details about what made women beautiful, no matter their shape or size.

Shop with Joy (pun intended!) at Helpers House of Couture in San Francisco’s Richmond District (by appointment, 415-387-3031), or Helpers Bazaar at Ghirardelli Square (open from 12 noon until 5:30 pm everyday) and find gently or never used vintage fashion treasures – shoes, dresses, gowns, gloves, hats, jewelry, handbags – all to-die-for when styled right.  Shopping Bianchi’s collection at Helpers means 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the developmentally disabled in San Francisco and throughout the United States.

Photos by Drew Altizer Photography


More local women whose style we admire (in alphabetical order): Lindsay BoltonBarbara BrownKaren CaldwellPaula CaranoCarolyn ChandlerDr. Carolyn ChangJuliet de BaubignySamantha DuVallVanessa GettyAngelique GrieppHasti KashfiaStephanie MarverSonya MolodetskayaDeepa PakianathanYurie PascarellaKomal ShahSobia A. ShaikhOJ ShansbyCharlotte Shultz, Sarah SombergChristine SuppesElizabeth TouwKatie TrainaVicky TsaiDede WilseyVictoria Yeager