Here I am with Manuel at a trunk show in Nashville a few seasons back.
Manuel tends to find inspiration from his Mexican roots, religious iconography and from the customers themselves.
Brandon Flowers of The Killers decided he wanted a gold suit like the original one worn by Elvis. He was in luck since Manuel worked on the original with Nudie. It was so much fun to be a part of the process for this amazing suit. There were thousands of rhinestones we had to apply to the collars, cuffs, etc. After our hours of hard work, all the interns modeled the suit pieces.
Wearing a shirt and belt made for Brandon Flowers, with a Manuel rhinestone tank and Manuel studded cowboy boots.
John Lennon and Manuel
Keith Urban at the CMAs
Even Conan O'Brian got a Manuel suit.
Manuel created a series of 50 jackets, each represented a state. The jackets have been on display at various museums, including Nashville's Frist Museum.