Portraits

Portraits: Phil S. Zanghi III

We were sitting in a garage talking about modified Mercedes-Benz cars from the 1980s, and Phil S. Zanghi III suddenly begins to tell us a…

Portraits: Sébastien Decoppet

If you’ve seen a cigar with a small gold diamond on the wrapper, you’ve seen a cigar from Sébastien Decoppet’s Cavalier Genève. The Swiss-born Decoppet originally worked as…

Portraits: Drew Newman

Drew Newman’s been working for the family business for over two decades, but he didn’t become a full-time employee of J.C. Newman Cigar Co. until…

Portraits: Alejandro González Arias

There is any number of custom Cuban cigar rollers in Cuba, but only one can be the youngest. At only 32-years-old, Alejandro “Alex” González Arias…

Portraits: Tony Gomez

Tony Gomez is in the family business. The younger, taller Gomez started with La Flor Dominicana a handful of years ago working as the company’s Florida…

Portraits: Yuri Guillen

Yuri Guillen is in charge of one of the largest cigar factories in the world: General Cigar Dominicana, the Santiago-based behemoth that is responsible for…

Portraits: Alain Crevet

S.T.Dupont, in all of its glorious Francophilia, is not actually owned by a French person. In the late 1980s, Dickson Concepts, the company of Hong Kong…

Portraits: Robert Caldwell

Two of the five most talked-about cigars of the year have something to do with the person you see below. Robert Caldwell has quickly grown…

Portraits: Hector Luis Prieto

You may not have heard of Hector Luis Prieto, but he is one of the most important men in tobacco today. Born in the western Cuban town…

Portraits: Alejandro Turrent

Alejandro Turrent may be as close to the face of Mexican tobacco as the cigar industry has, and the fact that he’s not more well…

Portraits: Javier Estades Saez

Last month, I watched numerous consumers chat with Javier Estades Saez and eventually ask: so what do you do for the company. Javier Estades Saez is the…