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Episode 038: Thomas Ruscica

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Thomas Ruscica has a background in the fashion industry working as a men’s groomer for over 33 years. He is currently represented by In Artist management and has invaluable industry resources including photographers, photo stylists, prop stylists, and industry professionals. His role as a creative force in his industry coupled with his imaginative eye serve as the design impetus for the collective aesthetic, branding and social media coordination of DESIGNLUSH.

“Born and raised in New York City, I have a passion for illustration, art direction, and photography from a very young age. I attended the High School of Art & Design, graduating with other accomplished artists, including photographer Steven Meisel.  Shortly after receiving my cosmetologist’s license, my talents was noticed by renowned hairstylist Garren.  My career was launched from there and  was soon recognized as an expert in men’s haircutting & styling.

My work as a hairstylist has taken me around the world, affording me the opportunity to work with a long list of prominent photographers – Steven Klein, Peter Lindbergh David LaChapelle, Matthew Rolston, Francesco Scavullo, and others. My clientele includes advertisers such as Ermenegilda Zegna, Givenchy, Gucci, Oscar de la Renta, Valentino, Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue.”

The interior collection and showroom DESIGNLUSH was founded as a platform for showcasing the work of talented and  avant-garde artists, architects and designers practicing the craft of fine  furniture making. It is a leading source for innovative contemporary and modern  design, most of it handmade in America, and all of it completely customizable  to reflect the unique needs and tastes of an appreciative and discerning  clientele of designers and design enthusiasts. DESIGNLUSH showrooms offer an innovative collection of indoor  and outdoor furniture, lighting, home accents and art.

DESIGNLUSH also offers a full array of residential and commercial interior design  services, with recently completed projects in Manhattan, the Hamptons, Las  Vegas and South Beach.

In addition, DESIGNLUSH has several specialty fabricators that we work with as part of our Partner Facility Program. This program is designed to broaden product offering while keeping costs down, streamline efficiency and ensure order preciseness – all key issues with today’s demanding commercial and custom project expectations.

Our Partner Facilities throughout the US include specialty fabrication of exceptional metal, wood, glass and upholstery – we look forwarding to sharing those lines with you as well.

They pride themselves on customer service and communication and enjoy the added benefit of working with our already established artists and their facilities to accomplish our goal of providing you with exceptional products and services at the best price possible for American made goods.

Their showroom is  busy with interior designers, interior design firms, and architects who are continuously sourcing their products for their commercial or residential projects. Their furniture had been bought and or rented by movie and TV shows such as The Twilight series as well as Glen Closes’ “Damages”.

Explore Thomas’ showroom Webiste here

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