Lesa Wright McHale + company founder Lesa McHale got her start in fashion public relations in 1994 at Milby Associates, Inc., a small, Manhattan-based agency where she worked on brands such as Donna Karan Intimates, Gruppo Americano, Finity, Wacoal, Repechage, DDF (Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula) and more.
From there she moved to The Brooks Group, where she continued to work with fashion and beauty clients such as Goddess Bra Company, Miano Viel Salon and Spa, Michaeljohn Hair Care, Joico and Jao.
Lesa McHale was then recruited by the prestigious Manhattan PR agency Behrman Communications. As an account director there she managed high profile accounts such as Perlier, Liz Lange Maternity, Pierre Michel Salon, Kiss My Face and Orlane.
In 1999, Lesa McHale opened the doors to her own public relations firm, Punch PR. A boutique PR agency, Punch specialized in fashion and accessory brands and became known for discovering and launching up-and-coming young designers. Clients included Rafe New York, Alexis Hudson handbags, G.H. Bass & Co., Lilla P, Elaine Turner, Julie Sandlau, Gold Hawk, Tag Jeans, True Religion Outerwear, Elizabeth Showers, M Clifford Designs, Syla Swimwear, Sauvage Swimwear, Bell by Alicia Bell, and many more.
In 2011 Punch PR closed and McHale opened the doors to a new boutique public relations agency with a renewed passion for up-and-coming talent in fashion and accessories