Jorge Manuel is a Cuban-American designer born in Miami. He grew up a product of the cultural diversity of the creative and dynamic city. In his early years, Jorge attended private schools mostly influenced by Latin American families. He graduated from Florida International College where he concentrated in design, architecture, art history and graphics. Today his designs are evidently influenced by his studies as well as his multicultural surroundings. Jorge says, his designs are “juxtaposed Caribbean flare with Asian minimalism with Cuban and Art Deco flourishes.”
Jorge began his journey into the wedding industry by planning weddings at the age of fifteen and when he became well known in his community for turning simple ideas into beautiful events, he opened his very first event business at the age of sixteen. Still finding the passion for other aspects of weddings, he continually found himself sketching bridal gowns on napkins and on the corner of boring paperwork. Jorge’s grandmother always wanted to own a bridal shop and while she passed away dreaming of this, Jorge picked up where she left off and made the dream a reality. At the age of 17, Jorge created his first bridal gown and stepped into the luxurious world of couture bridal by opening his first salon in 2008.
In 2010, Jorge took the biggest step as a designer and participated in New York Couture Bridal Market. As part of his entree into the world of silks, lace and satin, The Wedding Guys discovered him as the 2010 Up and Coming Designer and featured his designs on the Trend Spot Press Fashion show produced by The Wedding Guys. Jorge was all the buzz from Martha Stewart Weddings and Inside Wedding to Grace Ormonde and The Knot.
Images Courtesy of Jorge Manuel
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