(Courtesy Manuel Couture)
You don’t earn a nickname like “Rhinestone Rembrandt” without ample talent and flair—just what legendary costumer to the stars Manuel has. The Mexicanborn fashion designer has outfitted everyone from Johnny Cash to Elvis Presley to Jack White and all three generations of Hank Williamses. Known for his blinged-out and intricately embroidered creations, Manuel's shop is a sight to behold even if you’re not in the market for bejeweled Western Wear. As much a cultural institution as it is a boutique, Manuel Couture still calls its original downtown location home. This central location, which is within walking distance of major attractions like the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Johnny Cash Museum, Ryman Auditorium and Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, is a reflection of the iconic status Manuel and his world-famous designs have achieved.