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Portraits & Interviews

José Orlando Padrón Looking Back on the History of Nicaragua’s Cigar Industry

José Orlando Padrón Looking Back on the History of Nicaragua’s Cigar Industry

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.

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.

Guayabera Lady Berta Bravo Cigar Smoking

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.

paul kevork garmirian pg cigars portrait

Boutique Cigars: Paul Garmirian Maintains his Composure

For Paul Garmirian and his son being small is a good thing. As business went well during the cigar boom they made the decision to stay small and not grow any further. With all the new brands coming to market, the Garmirians and their P.G. lines have remained constant.

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