Style therapists Joe Lupo and Jesse Garza started their luxury lifestyle consultancy Visual Therapy in 1995, when Joe left his banking job to feed his fashion yen and start the company in New York with Jesse. Jesse, who had apprenticed at Chicago's Ultimo and gone on to a ten-year tenure as a creative director, made the leap based on a sincere faith in the transformative power of clothing. (No, really.)
The duo appear regularly on the Oprah Winfrey Show, offering makeover tips for the the daytime diva's fans, transforming the hapless and hopeless. Their new book, Life is Color (Chronicle Books) will be out in December (the perfect gift for your colorblind husband). Joe and Jesse live and work in New York, and here apply their eye for style to point out some of their favorite places in the City for us.
Leffot: "This newly opened chic little men's shoe shop carries some of Europe’s most impressive handmade shoe brands that cannot be bought anywhere in the US."
Aedes: "An incredible little find with the most unique fragrance lines in NYC, Aedes is one of my favorite local fragrance houses. The aesthetic of its purveyors cannot be matched."
Cluny: "A gem of a West Village café. It has a sexy atmosphere for dinner and a warm and welcoming feel for lunch. The food is consistently excellent and the crowd is of the neighborhood—a very good thing."
Jeffrey: "Jeffrey is a store one can always count on for fashion forward, runway pieces."
60 Thompson: "The rooftop has incredible downtown views and a chic, sexy vibe. What more can you ask for to accompany your cocktail?"
Paris Commune: "A favorite warm, friendly neighborhood restaurant with great energy, consistently excellent food and a fun crowd."