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Talking Top Tens: Rati Sahi Levesque

Chief Merchant, The RealReal


Born and raised in San Francisco, Rati Sahi Levesque graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in economics. After sharpening her chops in the financial industry, Rati opened the fashion-forward Anica boutique in San Francisco’s hip Russian Hill neighborhood. Setting out to fill the void of avant-garde designers in the city, Anica acquired a significant following, especially for the store’s luxury consignment selection, which featured specialty and vintage pieces. In addition, Anica built a large online presence, with e-commerce sales comprising 50% of business. Rati combined her consignment and e-commerce success when she joined CEO Julie Wainwright and The RealReal. Now both a mother and an entrepreneur, Rati cites the creative selling process as the most fulfilling part of working at The RealReal, as well as the access to the world’s most beautiful and unique fashion. Follow Rati on Twitter.

And more with Rati Sahi Levesque…

Your biggest fashion faux pas / a regrettable purchase:

My biggest fashion faux pas would have to be the Caché beaded dress I wore to junior prom. Not quite sure what I was thinking!

Favorite Instagram account to follow:

I love Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Instagram account (@maryam_nassir_zadeh). She has a great eye.

One piece of advice you would give your 18 year old self:

 Embrace your differences.

Skincare product you can’t live without:

Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate - smells and feels like I just had a facial.

Your last great read:

Women in Clothes, which features hundreds of women’s views on how our outfits define our lives.

Your favorite restaurant for brunch and your go-to order:

Nob Hill Grille, my parents’ restaurant that they sold. Home to the best French toast stuffed with cream cheese topped with fruit, with a side of chicken apple sausage.

Your motto in life:

There is no beauty without some strangeness.

If you weren’t the Chief Merchant of The RealReal, you’d be a...

A yoga teacher. I’m always so intrigued by yogis and the way they can move their body.

Your celebrity crush:

Marky Mark, he seems strong but confident, and I had a dream we were dating once and woke up with a major crush.

Your (real life) hero:

Our CEO - I admire her wit.