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Portraits & Interviews

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.

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.

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