Portraits & Interviews

World Exclusive – first sneak preview of Señor José O. Padrón’s long-awaited autobiography

World Exclusive – first sneak preview of Señor José O. Padrón’s long-awaited autobiography

Cigar Journal reporter first to see a pre-production edition over dinner with son, Jorgé Padrón.

Raquel Quesada: A Strong Woman in the Cigar Industry

After a family tragedy, Raquel took over tobacco purchasing and blending duties with clear goals: to look to the future while learning and working side-by- side with her father, Manuel Quesada. In addition, she worked to strengthen herself against the sexist prejudices that persist to this day.

Meet Maria Sierra, Master Roller at Miami’s El Titan de Bronze Factory

When Celia Sánchez, Fidel Castro’s indispensable helper, decided in 1967 to introduce women into the cigar business, hundreds of women lined up for the prestigious task of rolling for Cuba’s leader and his guests. One of them was 18-year-old María Sierra.

Read the Story Behind Glen Case’s Boutique Cigar Brand Kristoff

Glen Case has been smoking cigars since his teens and spent about 18 years in the financial industry. The stress of the corporate world took its toll, and in the early 2000s, Glen decided to try something different.

Sandy Cobas’ El Titan de Bronze Factory in Little Havana, Miami

The Little Havana area in Miami, Florida was once full of cigar factories, like My Father, Perdomo and Padrón. When they moved their production to Central America, El Titan stayed put. Today Cobas has ten rollers in what is one of very few factories left on the street.

Meet Berta Bravo: The Guayabera Lady and Queen of Cigar Fashion

It started out as a worker’s shirt for guayaba pickers, or so some say. Now it’s the number one fashion item for people in the cigar world, and it’s all due to someone becomingly known as the Guayabera Lady.

eddie father edward sahakian holding open box davidoff cigars

Edward & Eddie Sahakian: Sharing a Love of Davidoff Cigars

Edward Sahakian is the epitome of the perfect gentleman. He has spent over half his life promoting “The Good Life” from his world-famous shop, Davidoff of London, in the heart of the UK capital’s traditional club land.

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