• Photo from Kyoto courtesy of Kyoko Getz
Date
September 23, 2014
Local Time
06:00 am

In Japan—unlike San Francisco—you truly experience four distinct seasons. While I love the warmth of summer, the extreme weather can have a strong impact on the skin. As the colors change and the air grows cooler, I am ready to shed away the summer skin. I love the feeling of clearing away the debris of summer to reveal fresh, fall-ready skin.

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  • Starry Sky Photo by Mike Lewinski
Date
September 11, 2014
Local Time
12:01 am

Every year, when the anniversary of 9/11 appears on the calendar, I am reminded how everything changed in a heartbeat. I was working in finance, and my then-fiancé and I worked on separate floors of a building connected to the Twin Towers.

The events of that day put instantly my life into crystal-clear perspective. Like many, I vowed to cherish each moment and stop taking even the smallest things for granted. In the years since, however, the very real demands of living in a big city, raising a family and starting a company have commanded more of my time and attention.

To become more mindful in my life and to return to practicing everyday gratitude, I began exploring meditation techniques. I learned that the exercises—deep breathing, focusing on the heartbeat, relaxing the body—are all a means to an end. The real goal of meditation is to become present in the moment, appreciating beauty and sharing yourself completely with those around you.

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Date
September 05, 2014
Local Time
04:32 pm

The beauty rituals of the geisha fascinate me endlessly, and inspire everything we create here at TATCHA. Honed by generations of women, their secrets feature pure, natural ingredients and centuries-old techniques that are as effective today as they were in the Edo period. I learned that often, their recipes are mixed in small batches to maintain purity and maximize benefits.  To share these secrets with modern women everywhere, we worked with renowned chemists to marry these ancient methods with advanced scientific technologies..

One of these outstanding chemists—and the head of our new TATCHA Institute—is Masato Tagawa. A world-renowned skincare chemist and gifted educator, Tagawa-san is a pleasure to work with and a true visionary when it comes to skincare. I am honored to introduce him here and share his story with you.

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Date
August 22, 2014
Local Time
02:01 pm

As a mother and CEO, I often think about leadership—how I can be a better role model to my daughter, and a role model to my company.

One of the highlights of my recent trip to Cambodia to visit the programs run by Room to Read, was seeing Erin Ganju in action. The Room to Read co-founder and CEO is one of the main reasons we decided to partner with the organization; her leadership makes it as efficient and effective as it is sincere in its mission. 

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  • Kall Kann reading with his students in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
Date
August 08, 2014
Local Time
09:57 am

My travels to Cambodia with Room to Read have been profoundly meaningful experiences for me. On my first visit, I found myself touched most by the dedication of the students and mothers’ determination to change their daughters’ lives.
On my second visit, I realized that the incredible passion and leadership of the Room to Read global team are integral to the success of this organization. From the country directors across Asia and Africa who bring the best practices in literacy and education to each school and library to the social mobilizers or mentors who become intimately connected to the family life of each girl supported by Room to Read—at every level, Room to Read exhibits a passion and commitment that is truly admirable.

In Cambodia, all of those involved in this effort have shared the challenge of rebuilding their lives after a tumultuous history.  Room to Read’s Country Director in Cambodia, Kall Kann, has personally experienced the brutality of the Khmer Rouge regime and yet has turned this experience into a passion for helping a generation of students pursue their dreams. His heroism is not the kind that sparks headlines or parades, but yet he transforms and saves lives each and every day. I am honored to have had the chance to speak with him and wanted to share some of his thoughts with you.

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  • Watching the sunrise near Angkor Wat was a truly calming and mesmerizing meditative experience.
Date
July 22, 2014
Local Time
01:37 pm

Perhaps it’s not surprising that Kyoto and Siem Reap both resonate with me so deeply—both are ancient capital cities lush with natural beauty and countless temples. Another similarity is the hospitality one feels during every interaction, no matter how small—from a smile on the street to incredibly accommodating rickshaw drivers who seem to transport you in time as well across town.

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Date
July 17, 2014
Local Time
04:20 pm

At TATCHA, we love bringing new life to old traditions, and while modernizing the geisha’s skincare rituals is our main focus, it’s far from our only twist on time. The building that houses our San Francisco headquarters was the site of a popular nightclub a few decades ago. Today, the interior white walls, skylights and exposed beams are familiar sights at many start-ups, but we kept the original disco ball hanging high in the rafters as a tribute to the sentiment and free-spirited passion it symbolizes.

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  • The Biwako canal at dusk is a breathtaking sight. Photo by Jeffrey Friedl.
Date
July 15, 2014
Local Time
03:44 pm

As summer comes upon us, travel is in the air. Whether enjoying a short trip down the coast of California or a well-earned family vacation to Europe, it seems that many of my friends are embarking on their own journeys these warm months.

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  • Sweet sentiments from our Tatcha family decorate the Wishing Tree we set up in our San Francisco headquarters in honor of the Tanabata Festival.
Date
July 07, 2014
Local Time
11:57 am

During one of my summer visits to Kyoto, I was surprised by colorful, gorgeous decorations lining the streets and buildings. Bright streamers brushed the ground, while colored paper with delicate calligraphy fluttered on bamboo trees. Delicious smells emanated from food stalls and children played games in the street.

Delighted, I asked my traveling companion about the celebrations. She told me the story behind the Tanabata Festival, which has since become one of my favorite tales.

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  • Makeup artist Daniel Martin working his magic backstage at New York Fashion Week in September 2013.
Date
June 12, 2014
Local Time
04:39 pm

Tatcha is what it is today largely because of a handful of people who believed in us and shared our love for beauty born from time tested tradition.

Daniel Martin was one of these angels, a supporter who saw what we were trying to bring to the world, championing our cause from our earliest day and becoming a lifelong friend in the process.

As a celebrated editorial makeup artist, he is on speed-dial for the world’s top beauty editors, dressing the faces that grace magazine covers every day, creating the looks on the world's top runways and inspiring many of his friends and colleagues (myself included) daily.

He is, in fact, the inspiration for one of the newest additions to our collection: the Luminous Deep Hydration Firming Serum. Daniel reached out to tell me that he loves the firming, plumping qualities of our Luminous Deep Hydration Lifting Mask, but there were times when he didn't have 15 minutes to prep the skin before applying makeup on his famous faces. Instead, he asked, could we somehow bottle it? And that was when the Luminous lightbulb went on.

I am honored to call Daniel a friend, and delighted to share some of his beauty secrets.

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