Joe Lupo unofficially began his career in fashion in selling high-end men's dress shoes while still in high school. Moving to Chicago to attend college, he began working at a bank where he quickly advanced, becoming vice president at the precocious age of 25. Lupo's love for clothing was further stoked at Ultimo, where he would spend Saturdays discussing fashion with friend Jesse Garza and men's style expert John Jones.
Leaving the world of banking 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 his banking background, Garza is especially suited to handle all of Visual Therapy's corporate consulting services and has worked with companies like Audi, Volkswagen, Bentley Motors and Oxxford Clothes, as well as with all Visual Therapy's private male clients. Advocated by such high-power contacts as Oprah Winfrey's stylist Andre Walker, organizational guru Julie Morgenstern and William Morris power agent Joni Evans, the partners have become known in the media as the "style SWAT team" and have been widely covered in such publications as Vanity Fair, the New York Times, In Style and Elle. In 2006, Garza and Lupo published the wildly successful book Nothing to Wear? A 5-Step Cure for the Common Closet, which articulates the Visual Therapy philosophy to a wider audience.