...is the Aritistic Director, designer and co-owner of the DeFranco Spagnolo Salon/Day Spa in Great Neck, New York. Beginning his career as a hairdresser over 36 years ago, Rene' Spagnolo arrived in North America from Tunisia, North Africa to attend the Vidal Sasoon Academy in Canada. Upon graduation, Mr. Spagnolo landed a spectacular position in Manhattan working directly with Paul McGregor, creator of Jane Fonda's famous "shag". Creating a buzz and gaining exposure in New York City, Mr. Spagnolo worked with hairstyling greats for over six years before landing at Peter Coppola's, Peter's Place in Great Neck, New York where he would soon make his permanent home.
In 1980, along with his partner Anthony DeFranco, Mr. Spagnolo purchased Peter's Place/Salon Esthetique and properly renamed it the DeFranco Spagnolo Salon. Adding some European flair and the tranquil upstairs day spa in 1995, the new DeFranco Spagnolo Salon/Day Spa offered the highest caliber treatments and the most progressive services from around the world and continues to do so today. Mr. Spagnolo personally cultivated and trained his talented and professional staff to ensure their expert services to a very discriminating clientele.
Highly respected in the fashion and beauty world from New York to France, Mr. Spagnolo travels frequently to Paris France for the Pret A Porter seasonal shows and coordinates hair and fashion shows for Intercoiffure and for high profile companies including Schwarzkopf, Graham Webb and Clairol. In addition, Mr. Spagnolo's successful photo shoots have landed his "dos" on the pages of Modern Salon and Salon News magazines and has allowed him to work with famed photographers such as Kevin Mazur and Michael Watts.
Mr. Spagnolo continues to service his strong following on the gold coast of Long Island and has been recognized as a community leader in the battle against AIDS and Breast Cancer.