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.
In 1995, Garza moved to New York to set up a luxury lifestyle consultancy with friend Joe Lupo, a banker with a fascination for fashion. With Garza’s A-list Rolodex and Lupo’s business acumen, the two launched Visual Therapy 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” -- has traveled the country with Lupo to work with a roster of high-visibility clients as well as appeared regularly on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they have been responsible for creating the looks featured on some of the program’s highly rated makeover and seasonal fashion shows. Garza and Lupo’s work has been featured in Elle, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, InStyle, and the New York Times, among other top publications.
Jesse Garza co-wrote three books on image and personal style with Joe Lupo: Nothing to Wear? (2006), Life in Color (2008) and Work It (2010). The style experts have partnered with retailers such as Macy’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bergdorf Goodman, and Tiffany & Co. to teach women across the country how to build a stylish wardrobe. In spring of 2011, Garza and Lupo took their business to a new level by launching VT Luxe -- a highly successful collection of fashion accessories for QVC.