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.
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.
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