- Fashion designer known as the "Rhinestone Rembrandt"
- Responsible for many of the iconic ensembles of Elvis, Johnny Cash, and Little Jimmy Dickens
- Designed for presidents, Marilyn Monroe, the Rat Pack, Roy Rogers, and The Lone Ranger
Manuel is best known for creating celebrity personalities through fashion designs. Known as the "Rhinestone Rembrandt," Manuel is responsible for creating Johnny Cash's famous "Man in Black" ensemble, Elvis' iconic gold lamé suit and the signature "cowboy" look for all three Hank Williams, among many others. Country greats have worn Manuel's designs for years, including Little Jimmy Dickens and his close friend, Marty Stuart, who is noted to have more than 3,000 pieces of custom Country Cowboy Couture.
His artistic fashion creations stretch far beyond country music. Manuel has designed suits and clothing for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush, Sr., Marilyn Monroe, the infamous Rat Pack, Roy Rogers and the Lone Ranger. Rock 'n' roll icon Bob Dylan turned to Manuel to create a special design when he was asked to perform for the Pope. Over the years, presidents, athletes, dancers, movie stars, and artists have all donned his famous designs. He is even responsible for the notorious insignias of The Grateful Dead and The Rolling Stones.
Manuel moved to Nashville in 1989 to be closer to his many clients in the country music industry. Today, his shop Manuel's on Broadway serves as both a custom design studio for western couture garments and also an international tourist destination.
Inducted to the Music City Walk of Fame on November 6, 2011.