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Episode 182: Countdown Interview with Thomas Ruscica

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Welcome to our Top Episode Countdown with Thomas Ruscica

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One of your favorites was Thomas Ruscica.   Enjoy our chat and this background helping you learn more about this special friend of Million Dollar Decorating.


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.”


As far as current projects go,I just finished a  job for Nautica, doing the hair for a video for their mens watches. The video due out in the Fall. Tomorrow,(Sunday) I have editorial fashion story for a Vulkan magazine.

In the coming weeks I working for both Paul Fredericks, and Johnston & Murphy doing mens hair and grooming.


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.

We pride ourselves 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.

Our showroom is  busy with interior designers, interior design firms, and architects who r continuously sourcing our products for their commercial or residential projects.  We r in the early stages of a possible big order for Saks 5th Ave for their store and have done several projects for Neiman Marcus as well. Our furniture had been bought and or rented by movie and TV shows such as The Twilight series as well as shows like Glen Closes “Damages”

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