You can always spot Manny walking the streets of NYC. He is a man about town, heartthrob attractive, famously connected (the nephew of José José) and boisterously happy. By day he is a set designer, art director, and problem solver and by night he is a socialite. He has a larger than life personality and quite vibrantly the life of the party. He’s passionate about everything he does from the work work to the fun work. Represented by Jed Root agency, his big clients in the beauty and luxury goods industries are names like Clinique and L’Oreal. And you can find his work on billboards, print, TV, and international advertisements. He is currently rebranding the Pierre Hotel, working with legendry photographer Roxanne Lowitt.
Place of Birth: Mexico City
Parents: Mexico City
Occupation/Aspiration: Set Design/Art Director
When did you move to NYC and why?
In 2000, I was in search of something bigger that I didn’t even know existed.
Where do you live in the city and why?
I currently live on the West Side, near the Meatpacking District but not in it. I am near all of the best shopping and photo studios. I love being able to roll out of bed and be on set.
Name a New York moment:
I got wrongfully arrested, prepped a photo shoot and then hosted a party with Susanne Bartsch all in one day.
How do you keep it Mex in the City?
Limon y chile cada dia.
Share the best piece of advice a close relative or someone dear to you gave you?
No regrets! No excuses!
What's your drink of choice?
Tequila on the rocks with lots of lime!
Name three songs on your mind right now:
Lady Gaga: “Bad Romance”, Kesha: “Tik Tok” and Sade: “Soldier of Love”
Who would you like to work with and why?
Tom Ford. I love his style.
Tell us your favorite Mexican expression.
What Mexican do you most admire and why?
My father. He changed the music industry by representing my uncle José José and he was one of the first producers who crossed over to America.
Describe a fun or interesting fact about you.
I’m a good cook. My specialty is chilaquiles!