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.

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. Kristi has worked with clients such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, NBC Today Show, NBC 5 Chicago Fashion Five, WGN TV, Chicago Tribune, CS Magazine, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s, and Macy’s to name a few. In addition to her clients, Kristi enjoys teaching Fashion Styling at her alma mater, Columbia College Chicago. Over the past seven years she has not only found it to be an extremely rewarding experience, but it has also allowed her to become a role model for many of her students. She also has her certificate in make-up artistry and is a freelance make-up artist having worked in print, television, and for some top cosmetic lines. 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.

Daniel Lombardi

Daniel Lombardi

Lead Stylist, New York

Daniel Lombardi is an Image Consultant to high-end executives and international jet setters. He has worked for numerous prestigious award shows such as the Billboard awards, the Grammys, ASCAP, CMAs and the Oscars. In addition, he has helped high-profile brides in Europe and South America achieve the perfect style for their special day. Born in Argentina, Daniel always knew that his destiny would take him far beyond the borders of his country. Moving to Paris at the age of 17 to study Art History, he acquired a global vision of the latest trends and learned from world-renowned designers. In 2001, he started his own Image Consulting Business. Fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese, Daniel also worked as a fashion consultant and TV host for shows De Mañanita (Telemundo), Moda al Rescate (Univisión) and The Juice (Plum TV), giving fashion and beauty advice and performing transformative makeovers. In 2012 Daniel joined Visual Therapy in New York City to work as a lead stylist and to head the company’s Retail Experience Division.

Jessica Sheehan

Jessica Sheehan

Stylist, Chicago

Jessica is VT’s Chicago-based stylist. During her career she has worked on the Oprah show, and in association with Tim Gunn. She also worked with Jillian Lewis, from Project Runway, to produce two of her presentations for New York Fashion Week. She is a style expert on the local Fox TV’s Good Day Chicago morning show and on WGN TV. Some of her work has been featured in Chicago Social Brides, Modern Luxury, Northshore, Time Out Chicago, Status, Vogue Italia, Daily Candy, WHERE Chicago, Design Bureau, Hispanic Executive, ALARM Press, and Vigore Chicago. She has an Apparel Merchandising Degree and Fashion Design Certificate from Indiana University.

Gabriela Rocha

Gabriela Rocha

Styling & Social Media Assistant

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—as the newest styling and social media assistant.

Jill Salmon

Jill Salmon

Business/Project Manager

With a background in business and a degree in fashion design, Jill’s expertise spans 15 years of working in the fashion industry. Moving to New York in 1999, she began her career as an intern for Betsey Johnson before becoming a highly successful freelance designer, working with such companies as Ralph Lauren and Donna Karan. In 2003, she moved to New Zealand, acquiring valuable overseas experience. There she worked with a respected multi-label design house, becoming proficient in business development and operations. Moving to Australia in 2005, it wasn’t long before she was snapped up by a leading marketing agency to manage operations, and to further develop a growing sales and distribution business. In 2009, Jill returned to New York and soon after, became an integral part of the VT team.

Ksenia Avdulova

Ksenia Avdulova

Social Media & PR Director

Ksenia is a digital strategist and writer who's into Céline, yoga and matcha lattes. Originally from Moscow, Russia, she studied journalism followed by a Master's Degree in Fashion Merchandising from AAU in San Francisco. Ksenia joined the VT Team in 2011 to help the brand create online presence that matches Visual Therapy's offline influence, and has been managing editorial content and social media campaigns since.