Our Team

Joe Lupo & Jesse Garza

Style. Wellness. Luxury Living. 

Visual Therapy was founded in 1995 by Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo. Having set a new standard for developing original style, the Visual Therapy team applies their fresh and enlightened principles to all aspects of consultation, including private client styling services, interior design, speaking engagements, and brand creative direction. They have been featured in top-tier publications such as Vogue, Bazaar, and The New York Times and published three books sharing their styling process and philosophies. Heralded as a leader in the field of Luxury Lifestyle Consulting, their unique 5 Step approach to identifying and nurturing one’s individual ‘style type’ begins in the wardrobe, transforming lives and empowering through style.

In distinction to other style consultants and trend experts, Visual Therapy excavates and enhances the client’s already unique style personality in the belief that true and lasting style is an outward expression of an inner state. Merging fashion, psychology and spirit, the Visual Therapy method brings clarity to the closet, enabling people to form a concise and confident coordination of their external image and internal identity.

BRANDS WE’VE WORKED WITH

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OUR BOOKS

 

  1. Nothing to Wear? A 5-Step Cure for the Common Closet, 2006
  2. Life in Color: The Visual Therapy Guide to the Perfect Palette, 2009
  3. Work It! Visual Therapy’s Guide to Your Ultimate Career Wardrobe, 2010

Jesse Garza

Jesse Garza

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Jesse Garza has worked in the fashion industry since he was 21, when he began selling clothing at Chicago’s renowned boutique, Ultimo. Mentored by the store’s founder and legendary style maven Joan Weinstein, Garza rose from working the sales floor to becoming creative director over a period of 10 years. During that time, he collaborated closely with the best names in fashion; staging runway shows, creating artful merchandising and adapting cutting-edge design for the Chicago market. Inspired by the creative partnership of designer Yves Saint Laurent and French businessman Pierre Bergé, Garza moved to New York to set up a luxury lifestyle consultancy with friend Joe Lupo. With Garza’s A-list Rolodex and Lupo’s business acumen, the two successfully launched Visual Therapy in 1995 based on a sincere belief in the transformative power of clothing chosen to express one’s truly unique personality. Since then, Garza — a self-described “Fashion Evangelist” — travels the country to work with a roster of high-visibility clients.

Joe Lupo

Joe Lupo

Co-Founder and Creative Director

Joe Lupo unofficially began his career in fashion working in a high-end department store while still in high school. Moving to Chicago to study finance at DePaul University, he began working at a bank where he quickly advanced, becoming vice president at the precocious age of 25. Unable to contain his love for fashion and style, he would spend his Saturdays on Oak St, renowned for its luxury boutiques, spending countless hours discussing style at Ultimo with friend Jesse Garza. Leaving the world of banking in 1995 to start Visual Therapy with Garza in New York, Lupo was able to realize a long-held dream of making a business out of his passion for fashion. With a natural eye for style, and an expert in color, he decided to further develop his passion branching into interiors. In 2012, he began studying interior design at The New School at Parsons School of Design in New York, launching VT Home in 2014. In addition to interior design and styling some of the most influential leaders in America, Lupo and Garza travel the globe speaking to groups of women on their philosophies and the significance of the power of style.

Lisa Marie McComb

Lisa Marie McComb

Lead Stylist, Chicago

Lisa Marie McComb has built her impressive career through hard work, persistence and a true love of fashion and luxury. Her career began as a highly sought after model in the US, Europe, and Asia for designers such as Versace, Chanel, Armani and Donna Karan. When her career inevitably transitioned into styling after 16 years on the model circuit, it wasn’t long before these same designers became her own clients. Lisa Marie’s innate taste and fashion expertise led her to consult with clients such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Nike, Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and many others. Lisa Marie has become known as one of Chicago’s top production talents in producing fashion shows and as a style expert, has done wardrobing for ABC and HBO productions. Lisa Marie has been a lead stylist with Visual Therapy since 2006. She currently focuses her talent on building and managing wardrobes for some of Visual Therapy’s most influential and powerful clients. Although she calls Chicago home, she also works with clients across the country. She believes, “we don’t just dress people….we create wardrobes that allow men and women to put their best out there in the world.”

Kellye Henton

Kellye Henton

Lead Stylist, New York

Upon graduating top of her class from Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Fashion Retail Management, Kellye's fashion intuition and high end sensibility led her to major styling opportunities with Jil Sander, Chicago modeling agencies and Harpo Studios among others. In 2011, Kellye joined Visual Therapy where her talent and hard work allowed her to dress women across the country and led her to become the youngest lead stylist on the team.

Gabriela Rocha

Gabriela Rocha

Stylist & Blog Director

Gabriela began her career in fashion assisting the fashion director of Tokion Magazine while studying towards her bachelor’s degree at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Upon graduation, she channeled her love for fashion, trends, and writing into a role as a contributing writer for Refinery29. Joining the VT team in 2015, she has been able to combine her two biggest passions—styling and writing.

Kristi Porcelli

Kristi Porcelli

Lead Stylist, Chicago

Kristi Porcelli graduated from Columbia College Chicago with a B.A. in Fashion Business. With over 15 years of experience in the fashion industry she has developed a keen eye for what is on trend as well as strong organizational skills from her retail management and production background. In addition to working with her clients, Kristi enjoys teaching Fashion Styling at her alma mater, Columbia College Chicago. Kristi has been a part of the Visual Therapy team since 2005 and assisted in the production of Visual Therapy’s books Life in Color and Work It. After years of hard work and dedication she continues to make her mark as a successful wardrobe stylist, fashion coordinator, and fashion show producer.

Ana Szumilas

Ana Szumilas

Creative Assistant

Ana is the newest addition to the New York team. Originally from Southern California, Ana moved to New York City after being accepted into the Advertising and Marketing Communications program at the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her internship at Visual Therapy was the last after stints at Levi’s, Fashion Snoops, and 5W Public Relations. Upon graduation, Ana became an integral part of the VT team as the Creative Assistant. Her new role allows her to assist with a broad range of duties including personal styling, VT home projects, and creating content for Visual Therapy’s digital spaces.

Paige Citarella

Paige Citarella

Business & Project Manager

Paige has leveraged her diverse background to focus on a wide range of areas at Visual Therapy, including business and office management, project development, and creative assisting. Before joining the VT team, she worked in the interior design field developing custom color lines for designers, which enabled her to get a unique understanding of the luxury design industry. Paige studied for her BFA at Alfred University and continues to freelance and bring her creative perspective to Visual Therapy.