The man who has been shaking up the cigar industry has chosen to focus on subtle, contemporary marketing directed at the European market.
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.
On the occasion of his 90th birthday on June 10, 2016, we took the chance to talk with cigar legend José Orlando Padrón, founder of Padrón Cigars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are three pillars that define the life of Avo, and join together into a whole, so to speak, like the movements in a symphony: music, his language skills and his passion for 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.
If you want to know anything about tobacco cultivation, Felipe Lopes Meza is the man for you. Nothing happens in the Turrent family’s fields without his knowing about it.
“Smoking, especially cigars, are often part of the action in drama and comedy, thank God. And I always carry a cigar when I’m directing”
In this vintage column, Nick Hammond asks whether we’re going about it all wrong when it comes to smoking, tasting and evaluating our cigars. Are we slaves of fast consumption?