I just came across a photo of one of my personal favorite Manuel designs of all time.
It is part of Marty Stuart's amazing collection that was shown at the Tennessee State Museum, a completely delightful exhibit entitled "sparkle and Twang" which has been traveling around the US for the last two years or so.
The incredible garment I am typing about is the lavender/grey toned one with an entire human skeleton embroidered and rhinestoned on the back of the jacket and legs of the pants.
Manuel did this as a dedication to all the artists and musicians that would never get the recognition they deserved for their time, talent and craft.
The very moment I laid eyes on this small piece of western wear history....I got chills.
This is the very suit that inspired Jack White (of The White Stripes, The Raconteurs and The Dead Weather) to get his infamous bone suit tailored at our shop.
(suit featured in video to follow!)
Assistant Designer to MANUEL