Born and raised in New York, Valerie Romas graduated with honors from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She started her career working in Manhattan buying offices. Her love of design and display drew her into the Visual Merchandising field and she soon became a traveling Stylist for Federated Department Stores.
After a move to Tampa, Florida, Valerie began working for Saks Fifth Ave, then freelancing for Gucci. Soon after, she joined Neiman Marcus and worked as their Visual Stylist for eight years. Valerie also worked in conjunction with Neiman’s Public Relations Department, styling the fashion for runway shows and fundraisers, such as Fashion Funds the Cure 2013 and City: Fashion, Art, Culture Event at The Tampa Museum of Art.
That same year, Valerie branched out and started her own company, offering wardrobe styling, visual merchandising and home staging. In 2014, Valerie was the stylist for The United Way Suncoast’s Art of Giving Event, where she worked with “Project Runway’s” Tim Gunn. In 2017 and 2019, Valerie was chosen to style the Tampa Bay Rays for ‘Rays on the Runway’, a fashion show benefiting The Children’s Dream Fund, an organization that helps children with life threatening illnesses.
Valerie’s styling work can be seen in publications for The Tampa Bay Times, The Washington Post and the May 2019 issue of Haute Living Magazine, where she styled Giancarlo Stanton of The NY Yankees. Valerie also works in conjunction with The Straz Center’s ‘Opera Tampa’, styling performers for photo shoots, billboards and ad campaigns.
She has since expanded her services to include home staging and holiday installation for numerous businesses across the Tampa/St. Pete/Clearwater area, including Armature Works, Reeves Import Motorcars, Datz Corporation and Red Mesa Restaurant Group. Clients have remarked ‘I look at my wardrobe (or home) in an entirely new light.’ Her warm and creative approach is what keeps her business growing and ever evolving.
I have had the opportunity to work with Valerie Romas for several years and each and every time it has been an absolute pleasure. She has the ability to make her clients and models not only feel comfortable right from the first fittings to the final show, but she also has a keen eye for highlighting their areas of beauty while downplaying their flaws. She has a vision always of balancing new and trendy alongside the classics to really portray a fashion forward vision. At every event I have had the pleasure to attend, the audience has wanted more, has been wow’d with inspiration and often the outfits are purchased right off the models. A true person that exudes beauty, style, grace and perfection in every form.Stephanie Heald, Customer