December 16, 2013- Manuel Celebrates the Holiday Season at 800 Broadway
To kick off the holiday season, Manuel invited close friends and clients to his new studio at 8th and Broadway in downtown Nashville. Guests were treated to the musical stylings of The Black Neil Diamond, and “Hazel Jones” (the country alter ego of Cooper and The Jam).
The Manuel American Designs Family would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Wonderful New Year!
December 2013- Manuel Interviewed for History of Country of Music Documentary
After interviewing countless country musicians and being told over and over again that they needed to go talk to Manuel, Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan finally interviewed Manuel for their upcoming “History of Country Music” Documentary in December of 2013.
The documentary explores the evolution of country music from its roots to today. The documentary has a tentative release date some time in 2018.
To help encourage clients to shop local, this year Manuel American Designs proudly supported Small Business Saturday. As a thank you for shopping local, clients were treated to 50% off the entire showroom.
For more information on Small Business Saturday, check out the official website.
November 22, 2013- George Jones Tribute Concert: “Playin’ Possum!- The Final NO SHOW” at the Bridgestone Arena
Long time friend and client of Manuel’s, the great George Jones, was a “No-Show” at his Tribute Concert on November 22, 2013. 112 artists honored the country music legend at the Bridgestone Arena in downtown Nashville. John Rich, Tommy Shaw, Eric Lee Beddingfield and many more wore signature Manuel pieces to pay tribute to the Possum.
For more information and photo’s from the event, visit the Official George Jones website.
November 20, 2013- Loretta Lynn Wears Custom Manuel Suit to Receive her Presidential Medal of Freedom
Long time friend and client, Loretta Lynn was awarded a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 wearing a custom Manuel powder blue pant suit.
The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.
Before presenting the award President Obama stated “Loretta Lynn was 19 the first time she won big at the local fair,” he said. “Her canned vegetables brought home 17 blue ribbons and made her canner of the year. Now that’s impressive. For a girl from Butcher Holler, Ky., that was fame. Fortunately for all of us, she decided to try her hand at things other than canning. Her first guitar cost $17 and with it, this coal miner’s daughter gave voice to a generation, singing what no one wanted to talk about and saying what no one wanted to think about. Now, over 50 years after she cut her first record and canned her first vegetables, Loretta Lynn still reigns as the rule-breaking, record-setting queen of country music.”
We couldn’t agree more with the President! Congratulations Loretta!
November 9, 2013- Boxer Mikey Garcia Wears Custom Wardrobe Created by Manuel for His Super Featherweight Fight against Roman Martinez
On November 9, 2013, undefeated super featherweight boxer, Mikey Garcia donned custom Manuel trunks, jacket, and embellished shoes to defeat WBO Super featherweight champion Roman Martinez. Leading up to the fight, Mikey also sported a grey custom Manuel suit with a black and white pinstriped shirt.
November 7, 2013- Manuel Creates Custom Jacket for Jon Pardi for the 2013 CMA Awards
Up and coming country musician Jon Pardi was introduced to Manuel early in his career, and since then, no matter the event, Jon can always be seen in Manuel’s rhinestones. For the 2013 Country Music Association Awards held on November 7, 2013, Jon was seen wearing a black custom Manuel jacket full of embroidery and rhinestones.
For more information on Jon Pardi and his debut album, check out his website.
November 7, 2013- Manuel Creates Custom Jackets for Zac Brown Band and Dave Grohl
For the 2013 Country Music Association Award Ceremony (CMA’s), Manuel created custom, one-of-a-kind jackets for each member of the Zac Brown Band. During the award ceremony the Zac Brown Band boys debuted their new single “Day for the Dead,” featuring Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters, sporting their custom jackets full of rhinestones and embroidery.
To view the performance, check out Zac Brown Band’s YouTube video.
November 3, 2013- Manuel Featured in “For the Love of Music- The Story of Nashville” on ABC
To gear up for the 2013 Country Music Association Award Ceremony, ABC premiered the documentary “For the Love of Music: The Story of Nashville.” The documentary took a look in to the history of Nashville and how it has evolved in to “Music City USA.” In the documentary, Manuel discusses his relationship with long time friend and client, Johnny Cash and how he made him in to “The Man in Black.”
Other friends and clients featured in the documentary include Bill Anderson, EmmyLou Harris, Kris Kristofferson, Marty Stuart, and many more. For more information about the documentary and to watch the video, head over to the Visit Music City website.
October 2013- Manuel’s New Vision Line Now Available in Store!
After months of thought and production, Manuel introduced a small batch of samples for his New Vision Line to his showroom at 8th and Broadway in Nashville. The samples are available for purchase, with women’s shirts starting at $350, men’s shirts starting at $450, and accessories starting at $10.
For more information on Manuel’s New Vision, please visit his Indiegogo page.
October 2013- Manuel Named 2nd Best Designer in the 2013 Best of Nashville Issue of the Nashville Scene
Every year, the Nashville Scene magazine releases their annual “Best of Nashville” Issue. This year, Manuel joined the list as the 2nd Best Designer in Nashville. The Best Designer category was topped by recent Project Runway competitor Amanda Valentine.
For the complete list, check out the Nashville Scene website.
September 2013- Ashley Monroe Wears Manuel in Her Weed Instead of Roses Music Video
Ashley Monroe, one third of the country group Pistol Annie’s, sported a vintage black jumpsuit with red rose embroidery and a Gram Parsons themed zip-up, biker jacket for her latest music video. The “Weed Instead of Roses” songstress wasn’t the only one channeling The Flying Burrito Brothers in this music video, her band can also be seen sporting rhinestones and embroidery in their one-of-a-kind Manuel pieces.
To view the music video, please visit Ashley Monroe’s YouTube page.
September 2013- Manuel Creates One-of-a-kind Jacket for the Governor of Tennessee, Bill Haslam
Manuel worked with the State Tourism Committee to create a one-of-a-kind jacket showcasing the great state of Tennessee. Manuel was on hand at the closing luncheon of the 2013 Tennessee Governor’s Conference in Franklin, TN to help present Governor Bill Haslam with his “first Manuel.”
The one-of-a-kind jacket was fully embellished with rhinestones and embroidery featuring images important to the Governor and the state of Tennessee.
September 2013- Manuel Dresses the House Band for the Americana Honors and Awards Ceremony
September always marks one of our favorite months at Manuel American Designs! Manuel was once again asked to outfit the house band for the 12th Annual Americana Honors and Awards Ceremony. Don Was, Brady Blade, Buddy Miller, and Larry Campbell all sported one-of-a-kind pieces for the event.
Long time friend and client, Jim Lauderdale also hosted the event wearing a custom, sheen blue suit with blue daisy embroidery. For more information on the Americana Honors and Awards Ceremony and the Americana Music Festival held every year in Nashville, please visit the Americana Music Association website.
September 17, 2013- Manuel Dresses Kevin and Critter of Old Crow Medicine Show for their Induction in to the Grand Ole Opry
Kevin and Critter from Old Crow Medicine Show teamed up with Manuel for their September induction in to the Grand Ole Opry. Manuel created custom pieces to be worn not only to the induction ceremony, but also to the American Music Awards. Kevin wore a short one-of-a-kind black jacket with silver rivet detailing, while Critter wore a light blue pearl snap with music themed embroidery, including a winged banjo on the back yoke.
That night at the Opry, longtime friends and clients The Del McCoury Band, Dierks Bentley, Connie Smith, and Marty Stuart helped to congratulate the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry family.
Check out the Old Crow Medicine Show website for more pictures from their induction!
September 2013- BettyBadd Couture Jewelry and Accessories Featured at 800 Broadway
After featuring her pieces in his final fashion show at 1922 Broadway, Manuel asked longtime friend and client, Betty Malo, to feature her one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories line in his new showroom at 8th and Broadway in Nashville. The BettyBadd Couture accessory wall features intricately detailed wallets, hip chains, belts, necklaces, earring, and cuffs for men and women. Manuel has long admired Betty’s expertise in working with metals and precious stones to create one-of-a-kind leather accessories hand gilded in 24K gold and sterling silver.
For more information about BettyBadd Couture, please stop by Manuel American Designs showroom at 800 Broadway in Nashville, TN, or visit the BettyBadd Couture website.
September 2013- Manuel Opens His New Studio and Showroom at 800 Broadway in Nashville!
After 25 years at 1922 Broadway, Manuel decided he needed a change. He moved his production and retail space to 8th and Broadway to be in the heart of downtown Nashville.
On September 12, 2013, Manuel American Designs hosted the grand opening party for his new showroom. Guests were treated to live performances by Stephanie Urbina Jones and Frank Ortega while live models replaced the window mannequins, showcasing Manuel’s New Vision Line.
For more information about events at our new showroom, please visit our Facebook page.
August 2013- Manuel’s New Vision Line Starts Production
As a thank you for his recent Indiegogo campaign supporters, Manuel started production on his New Vision Line. Blending unique flare and undeniable quality with the support of patrons such as yourselves, Manuel has been able to achieve international acclaim for his unique creations. As a fashion designer with a heart of gold, Manuel now wishes to follow his passion for art, fashion, and pop culture with a new line of apparel and accessories that will appeal to the “Everyday American.”
Supporters can expect to receive their customized New Vision gifts in November of 2013. For more information on Manuel’s New Vision, please visit his Indiegogo page.
July 2013- Manuel Hosts His Final Fashion Show at 1922 Broadway Featuring the Ladies’ from TNT’s “Private Lives of Nashville Wives”
As a final farewell to 1922 Broadway and Midtown, Manuel American Designs home for almost 25 years, Manuel hosted his Final Fashion show in his beloved four story house. As an added surprise, Manuel asked good friend, Betty Malo (wife of Raul Malo of the Mavericks, and cast member on TNT’s new drama reality series, Private Lives of Nashville Wives) to feature her one-of-a-kind jewelry, Betty Badd Couture, in the fashion show.
The house was packed, with standing room only on the front lawn, as models walked the runway. TNT camera’s along with Manuel’s documentary crew were there to film the historic event. The Private Lives of Nashville Wives series premiere will air February 24, 2014 on TNT. Manuel’s documentary is still in progress and a release date has yet to be disclosed.
Manuel is pleased to announce the July 15, 2013 opening of a new retail space at 800 Broadway in downtown Nashville. The 3100 sq. ft. space is currently under renovation to accommodate the iconic couture designs Manuel is known for as well as the studio for designing and manufacturing the first run of products from the forthcoming “New Vision” collection.
For more details about the big move and the final events at 1922 Broadway, please check out our latest press release!
MANUEL LAUNCHES HIS NEW VISION CAMPAIGN-
“The Future of American Apparel”
Blending unique flare and undeniable quality with the support of patrons such as yourselves, Manuel has been able to achieve international acclaim for his unique creations. As a fashion designer with a heart of gold, Manuel now wishes to follow his passion for art, fashion, and pop culture with a new line of apparel and accessories that will appeal to the “Everyday American.”
Please visit www.igg.me/at/manuelsnewvision.com to learn how YOU can become a party of history as Manuel introduces his unique “New Vision” line of affordable, one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories for men and women!
On May 30, 2013 The Johnny Cash Museum opened in downtown Nashville. Family and friends gathered the evening before to celebrate The Man in Black and get a first look at the much anticipated collection!
Numerous Manuel pieces are featured in the museum including the suit Johnny wore for the United States bicentennial celebrations in 1976. For more information about the Johnny Cash Museum, please visit their website.
April 23rd marked 80 years of Manuel! On May 4th and May 18th Manuel celebrated his birthday in style with his family and friends at his studio in Nashville, Tennessee and his home in College Grove, Tennessee.
Guests were treated to musical performances by some of Manuel’s closest friends and clients including Rosie Flores, Frank Ortega, Malcolm Ford and the Dough Rollers, Kelly Parkes, CJ Garton, Casey James Prestwood and the Burning Angels, 2Country4Nashville, and many more!
Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves feature Manuel in Their Latest Music Video
In April 2013, Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves released their latest music video for the song entitled “Cowboy.” Long time fan and friend, Manuel made a special guest appearance as “The Dealer” alongside Robert Reynolds of The Mavericks and Doug Phelps of Brother Phelps.
The music video for “Cowboy” can be found at the Angel Mary & the Tennessee Werewolves website!
December 12, 2012: December Artist Showcase and Holiday Party featuring Sarah Peacock
Wednesday, December 12th from 5-7pm, Manuel has invited Sarah Peacock to perform live in his studio!
Holiday gift sets will be available so you can mix and match your favorite accessories for one low price! Please come celebrate the holiday season with great music, cocktails, and holiday savings!
There will be a $5 cover for cocktails and an exclusive shopping experience. Please come ready to celebrate the holiday season with Manuel!
On Wednesday, November 21, 2012, Manuel has invited 2Country4Nashville to come perform in his studio on Broadway! Husband and wife singing duo, Joel and LeAnne Ulmer will perform from 5-7pm in the midst of Manuel’s creations.
There will be a $5 cover for cocktails and an exclusive shopping experience. Please come ready to kick off the holiday shopping season with your favorite designer, Manuel!
On October 18, 2012, Steve Richard received the ICM award for Video of the Year for his latest music video Loves Gotta Go Somewhere.
Manuel worked with Mr. Richard to create a stunning burgundy suit and black shirt with rhinestone detailing to wear to the awards ceremony.
The Inspirational Country Music Awards ceremony was held at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.
Manuel has invited Nashville artist Karen Waldrup featuring Ashlee K Thomas to perform at his Halloween Party and Artist Showcase on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 from 5pm to 7pm.
There will be a $5 cover for unlimited cocktails and an exclusive shopping experience. Please come dressed in your favorite Halloween costume!
October 2012: Manuel Dresses Wanda Jackson’s Band
On October 20, 2012, Wanda Jackson Band debuted a new, live performance, music video. Ms. Jackson surprised fans at The 5 Spot in Nashville while in town promoting her latest album.
Manuel had the pleasure of dressing the Queen of Rockabilly’s band for the music video in signature Manuel black jackets. Ms. Jackson released her latest album, Unfinished Business October 9, 2012.
Saturday October 13, 2012 marked Glen Campbell’s last performance at Carnegie Hall in New York City. Manuel teamed up with his long time friend to create this stunning, one-of-a-kind white suit with turquoise accents and turquoise pearl snap shirt with white rose embroidery and rhinestones.
Manuel has created numerous pieces for Mr. Campbell throughout his historic career including the infamous Rhinestone Cowboy suit.
Mr. Campbell will finish up his “Goodbye Tour” in December 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.
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.
The 23rd International Bluegrass Awards were held September 28, 2012. Del McCoury hosted the event with Laurie Lewis.
Manuel worked with Mr. McCoury to create a stunning heather grey suit with charcoal and silver rose embroidery and rhinestones.
While in Mexico, Azteca Noticias interviewed Manuel for the piece “Modisto de las estrellas.” When translated it means “Designer to the Stars.”
In the interview Manuel discusses his creative process along with his many infamous creations including The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts” suits, Elvis’ gold lame suit, and John Travolta’s costumes in Urban Cowboy.
The interview can be found on the Azteca Noticias website.
On September 28, 2012, Manuel was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award from President Felipe Calderon Hinojosa, the President of Mexico in Morelia.
Also on September 28, 2012, Mexico celebrated World Tourism Day in Morelia, Michoacan with the inauguration of the 3rd annual World Cultural Tourism Fair of Morelia. A recording of the event can be found here. Manuel receives his award at minute 37.
Manuel would like to thank each and every one of you for your continued love and support!
During the second week of September, the Americana Music Association held their annual Americana Music Festival with four nights of music at six different venues throughout Music City.
The festival kicked off on September 12, 2012 with the Americana Music Awards and Honors ceremony presented by Nissan. Manuel created a one-of-a-kind suit for host Jimmy Lauderdale. The house band for the ceremony consisted of Buddy Miller, Don Was, Rami Kaffe, Brady Blade, and Larry Campbell; who were all dressed in Manuel couture.
This month, Manuel has been working on a one-of-a-kind jacket to be featured on the new hit series, Nashville. The series premieres Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 10/9c on ABC.
Manuel’s creation will be featured in the third episode airing Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 10/9c on ABC. Be sure to tune in!