Fashion designer Manuel Palfere

Palferez left the Dominican Republic at the age of 14 and is now following his American dream.

- Fashion designer Manuel Palferez wakes up every morning thinking about women and their silhouette.

He fell into fashion by accident.  When he was 15, a year after coming to the USA from the Dominican Republic, his sister was going to fashion school and he stumbled upon her bag of fabrics.

His sister gave up on fashion but Manuel started sketching disigns.

Eventually Palfarez graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology.  He briefly worked in interior design, but after the recession, his boyfriend convinced him to get back into fashion.

His dresses have now appeared on red capets like the billboards and the Latin Grammies.

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