Portraits & Interviews

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

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.

Maya Selva Cigars: Global Player through Passion for Perfection

There is hardly any other cigar label that is as strongly, virtually pictorially, connected to a woman as the brand Maya Selva Cigars. This may ostensibly have to do with the fact that the founder gave the brand her name. But those who have the opportunity to meet the Franco-Honduran personally immediately feel that this strong, energetic woman lives for “her cigars”.

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