Manuel-Cuevas_3689Industry Ink promotes Manuel’s New Vision Campaign!

April 2013, online magazine and Music City insider helps promote the launch and kick off party for Manuel’s New Vision Campaign.

Corissa Benchley, Marketing, Sales, and Product Development Manager for Manuel American Designs is quoted as saying, “In a world of mass produced clothing and a culture that has rewarded ‘sameness’ for three decades, Manuel is calling for a new age for individualism. “Fashion is a natural outlet for people to express who they are and, up until now, the kind of high fashion Manuel creates was limited to wealthy consumers. New Vision is a way for Manuel to reach the new audience of the ‘everyday American’ while preserving his legacy of art and craftsmanship.”

The rest of the article can be found on Industry Ink website. To become a part of history as Manuel introduces his unique “New Vision” line of affordable, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, pleas visit

Online Magazine, The Nashville Country Club, helps to announce the launch of Manuel’s New Vision Campaign!

April 3, 2013, The Nashville Country Club, a local online magazine that delivers the latest Country Music News & Country Music Video coverage of events in Nashville, announced the launch of Manuel’s New Vision Campaign.

In the article Manuel states, “For the last thirty years I have seen the art of the fashion and apparel industry fade from our land. We as Americans are spoiled on good quality and good pricing and we need to bring that artistic sense back; we need to have pieces in our personal lives that represent us as individuals, not the multitudes.” 

The rest of the article can be found on The Nashville Country Clubs website. To become a part of history as Manuel introduces his unique “New Vision” line of affordable, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, pleas visit

November 2012: Manuel featured in November Issue of Stitches Magazine

On November 4, 2012 Stitches magazine released their latest issue, featuring the article Country Kings & Queens, showcasing Manuel’s contributions to the embroidery industry, past and present.

Manuel, the Rhinestone Rembrandt, states “everything I do is one-of-a-kind. I’m making a unique piece of art. There can only be one.”

A copy of this article can be found on the Stitches website.

November 2012: Nashville Arts Magazine Spotlight on Manuel

The November issue of the Nashville Arts Magazine spotlight section features an article on Manuel’s distinguished career and his extensive list of achievements and awards.

This particular article focuses on Manuel’s most recent award; the Lifetime Achievement Award from the President of Mexico on September 28, 2012. A copy of the article can be found on the Nashville Arts Magazine website.

October 11, 2012: Bill Demain Wears Manuel in the Nashville Scene’s Best of Nashville 2012

October 11, 2012 Nashville Scene released their annual Best of Nashville 2012 issue. Bill Demain’s Walkin’ Nashville Tour was the writer’s choice for best tour of Nashville.

The tour is an inside look at how Nashville came to be called Music City and includes visits to Printer’s Alley, Ryman Auditorium, Tootsie’s Orchid Lounge, Ernest Tubb Record Shop, and Hatch Show Print. Mr. Demain provides the history and behind-the-scenes anecdotes about country’s legends, making this tour the best tour of Nashville.

In the article Mr. Demain is featured wearing a signature Manuel jacket with western themed embroidery and rhinestones.

October 2012: Manuel is featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Nashville

On October 6, 2012, The Wall Street Journal interviewed local Nashvillian’s to create The Insider’s Guide to Nashville.

The article features Manuel’s favorite spots in Nashville including The Hermitage, The Frist, Giovanni’s, Robert’s Western World, and Nashville’s Farmer’s Market.

Lee Ann Womack, Margot McCormack, and Eddie George were also interviewed for the article. The article can be found on The Wall Street Journal’s website.

August, 2012

Miranda Lambert’s tour manager Jordan Powell married Pistol Annies’ Angaleena Presley, while wearing Manuel! Click here to check out the article in the Tennessean.

March, 2012

Be on the look out!! Marilyn Manson will donne one of Manuel’s newest creations in this months’ Revolver Magazine!

December, 2011

Radley Balko of The Huffington Post interviewed Manuel. In a lovely and well-investigated piece of journalism, Balko hits the nail on the head. Read the piece here.

October, 2011

Anna Arata and Heidi Jewell are two multi-talented local ladies who love Nashville, fashion, music and art. Heidi Jewell is the founder of Under the Guise, a stimulating online publication that features Nashville’s not-so-mainstream happenings. In October, the two met up with Manuel here in the showroom to talk about his life and his work. The result is this beautifully written profile that captures Manuel’s essence and the showroom’s gritty elegance.

July, 2011

Recognize the suit!? WTM frontman and Manuel client Thorpe McKenzie rocks Riverbend in Manuel.‘s Mary Barnett interviewed long-time client, Thorpe McKenzie of WTM, after the band won the Road to Nightfall contest in Chatanooga, TN’s Riverbend Fest. In the piece, McKenzie talks about the band’s interesting roots and his custom Manuel suits! Check it out here.

Donna Teresa of The Californian gives a nice little overview of three Hollywood clothiers–myself included. Check out the column here.

June, 2011

The June issue of Bluegrass Unlimited covers long-time client and dear friend, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Doyle gives a shout out to Manuel when asked about his glitzy stage wear. Check it out here!

Manuel was interviewed by Muddy Roots Music for their spankin’ new magazine, The Rambler. Check out Vince Wynn’s article here.

I was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate: And Other Encounters with Legends by Andrew McGibbon

Manuel has a chapter devoted to him in Andrew McGibbon’s new book, I was Douglas Adams’s Flatmate: And Other Encounters with Legends. The book is a Faber and Faber publication, and you can get it at your local bookstore or at most any online retailer.

Read the publisher’s synopsis here.

May, 2011

Manuel is thrilled to receive the honor of a calendar date! Literally, the city of Franklin is making May 5th, better known as Cinco de Mayo, the official Manuel Day! The Tennessean reports.

April, 2011

Photos c/o Joshue Black Wilkins; taken from Nashville Scene

Check out the April 28, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone magazine to see where we made the cut! Austin Scaggs’ piece on why Nashville has the country’s “best music scene,” includes a shout out to our shop (see page 70) as a location of the best clothes in the ‘Ville! Read Nashville Scene‘s coverage of the spotlight here.

Nashville’s very own Metromix covered his birthday party and benefit event on April 16th. Click here to see some party shots!

March, 2011

This month, Stuart Bailie of the BBC stopped by our Nashville showroom and met Manuel. He wrote about his glamorous experience in his BBC blog column, which you absolutely should read by clicking here!

Paul McDonald, c/o Chuck Jones Photography

Thanks to American Idol’s Paul McDonald, we’ve seen a surge in hype over our signature stones. While indeed Manuel cut the fabric and did the shaping on that fabulous white and pink glam suit McDonald donnes on air, it is Manuel’s son, Manny, of Wear it Out Manuel who designed the piece. Unfortunately, Yahoo!’s Lyndsey Parker reported several errors in the recent online post about Paul’s “Nudie” suit, but we’re pleased that Manny and Paul are making the papers. Whoever said no news is good news!?

Check out Manny’s designs here.

Read up on Nashville’s Grand Magnolias here.

February, 2011

Country Music USA covers Manuel; Click here to read Holly Marie Tong’s article.

January, 2011

Manuel’s jacket competes for best dressed at A Fashion Affair; Check it out here!

November, 2010

Anita Wadhwani gives a shout out to Manuel in The Tennesseean. Six months after May’s flood disaster wrecked the Opryland hotel, the newly renovated Nashville hotel will feature a Porter Wagoner suite, decked to the brim with Manuel interiors. Read up here.

Six Fifteen Magazine‘s Editor-in-Chief and Manuel’s former intern, Sarah Reesman, covers the Rhinestone Rembrandt. Click here to read the inside scoop (page 20 of the pdf).

September, 2010

On September 19, 2010, The Tennessean‘s Business Section did a fabulous spread on Manuel and his plans for a fashion institute. Unfortunately, it cannot be found on the web any longer. Try searching for it, or contact the paper to complain! Let’s get this back on the Internet!

June, 2010

Nashville Arts Magazine sat with Manuel for some input on the Frist’s “The Golden Age of Couture” exhibit. Click here and scroll to pages 28-51 to read the master’s thoughts.

January, 2009

An online Cleveland publication reports the glitz and glam of our Nashville designer. Click here to read more.

Rhinestones and Roses

Manuel proudly received special recognition from the Country Music Association in 2006. Click the links below to read more on the event.

“Rhinestones, Roses and Reflections”

“More Stars Shine at Rhinestones & Roses”

Manuel Branches Out, 2005-2006

In 2005, Manuel’s son, Manny, launched a ready-to-wear line with a Manuel label. For two seasons, the men walked the catwalk of New York’s illustrious Olympus Fashion Week. Read up on the adventure by clicking the links below.

“A Western that is Set in New York,” Los Angeles Times

“West Goes East for Fashion Week,” USA Today

Star-Spangled Couture at Nashville’s Frist, 2005

After a lifetime of achievements and countless ventures, Manuel chose to give back to the country that brought his dream to a reality. A 10-year-long project, he designed 50 jackets, full of embroidery and rhinestones—one for each of the United States. These red, white and blue sparkling representations of our history are now traveling around the country, showcased in a breath-taking exhibit that debuted in December of 2005 in Nashville’s Frist Museum. Below you will find various links on the exhibit, but search the web to find more! highlights Manuel and the State Jackets Collection in their section on country music. Read here.

February, 2005

Long-time friend and client, Marty Stuart, recalls his first interaction with the master. The Tennessean‘s Gail Kerr reporting. Read about the nostalgia here.

October, 2001

Holly George-Warren and Michelle Freedman joined together to create this classic Western Wear text. How the West was Worn catalogs Western Wear from its buckskin beginnings. Foreward by friend and collector, Marty Stuart. HNA Books.


Manuel’s surrogate brother (and Godfather to his youngest daughter), Marty Stuart, has a semi-private hobby, photography. Since his early days touring with the likes of Johnny Cash, Stuart has captured on-stage and behind-the-scenes snapshots of Country Music’s pilgrims. Fitting then, that his 1999 locally published “book of words and photographs” is entitled Pilgrims: Sinners, Saints, and Prophets. You can’t call yourself a fan until you have this puppy. Rutledge Hill Press.

July, 1995

Andy Andrews’ third in a series of four self-help books puts the spotlight on Manuel in his Storms of Perfection 3: A Pathway to Personal Achievement. Lightning Crown Publishing.


Family friend and fabulous photographer, Jim Arndt teamed up with Tyler Beard to publish the classic 100 Years of Western Wear. Gorgeous pictures adorn each designer profile, and you can find Manuel on pages 136-37. Gibbs Smith Publisher out of Santa Fe.


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