WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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The Road Less Traveled Both Tsai and Murray left high-powered and well-paying jobs to follow their dreams as entrepreneurs, and they say they have no regrets. Murray joined TATCHA just as Tsai was launching the blotting paper. Tsai credits her courage to take a chance on a start-up company to her time at Wellesley College. "My time at Wellesley gave me the ability to spread my wings and learn," she says. "It also gave me, as a woman, the courage to start a business." Murray says his time growing up in Wellesley "was transformative" and helped give him his entrepreneurial spirit. He attended Wellesley Public Schools then Buckingham Browne and Nichols for high school and earned a degree in Economics from Williams College in 1997 before getting his Harvard MBA. TATCHA Today TATCHA products are now available on a user-friendly website (www.tatcha.com) that allows customers to customize their skin care. While two-thirds of TATCHA's sales are online, consumers can also find the products at Barney's New York, Sephora, and QVC, where Tsai pitches them on air. In January of 2014, TATCHA began a partnership with Room to Read, an organization focusing on children's education around the world. Murray says that he and Tsai wanted to create a charitable model similar to that used by TOMS shoes, in which one pair of shoes is donated to a needy child for every pair of shoes the company sells. He says that, through its partnership with Room to Read, TATCHA funds one day of school for a girl with every full-sized skincare pur- chase from TATCHA. The company's goal was to fund 35,000 days of school in 2014, and when they were only halfway through the year, they had already provided over 90,000 days. "I love the way the team is growing [TATCHA currently has about 40 employees]," says Murray. "I love the impact we can have – not just what we learn from the love notes from our customers – but to be able to send disadvantaged girls to school. It's incredibly fun and fulfilling to see how our hard work can benefit folks." "My goal is to have this brand around for the next 100 years," adds Tsai. 140 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 5 TATCHA's products are based on ancient Japanese formulas for serums and lotions used by geishas business "incredibly fun and fulfilling" C O U R T E S Y T A T C H A

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