1461 Pink with Pearl Crown Cigar Box Clutch / Cross Body Bag
I love to use crowns when I embellish my cigar box purse creations and this is a good example! This is a Torano cigar box that comes authentically in a beautiful cross between a pink and purple color! Unusual-yes! I added a pearl and rhinestone crown applique to the silver, metal, Torano emblem that came originally on the outer lid of the cigar box. I further added 4 row rhinestone bling to three sides of the Torano cigar box and eight 1/2 “pearls”. I flipped the box so that the opening is now on the top and added a silver lock for security. Eight silver purse feet protect the back and bottom of the clutch. Silver cross body hardware has been attached to the sides so that you can add the chunky silver chain that comes with this adorable Humadorable if you choose to be hands free. So, it can be used as a clutch or cross bodied! I lined the interior with padded black velvet and pink rose lace trim. The inside of the up cycled cigar box purse also has the original pink/ purple throughout and the back has been left as is except for the protective silver feet. 5.75 x 8.75 x 2.25″ THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC CIGAR BOX PURSE, SO SMALL FLAWS INFLICTED BY THE SMOKERS OF THE CIGARS ARE TO BE EXPECTED! Large flaws will be noted in the description. If you don’t like what you see, I can do custom cigar box purses and can include anything you like!- pictures of family members, pets, places- you name it! I always ship insured. Feel free to call me! 813-655-8003-Home- Please sign up for email via this site to be alerted of new products and sales. Also please follow Humadorables by Susan on Facebook and Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/Humadorables/ https://www.instagram.com/humadorablesbysusan/
History: Father and son cigar-makers Carlos and Charlie Torano returned to their family’s Cuban roots with an eponymous brand they debuted in the early 1990s as the Cigar Boom began to unfold. The company has been through a variety of transitions since its inception, from a small, boutique family operation, to a manufacturer and distributor of other brands. Today, Torano resides in the portfolio of General Cigar alongside well-known brands like Cohiba and Macanudo. The brand is handcrafted in Estelí, Nicaragua at the STG (Scandinavian Tobacco Group) factory, parent company of General Cigar. In many ways, Torano’s transient journey is reflective of a modern cigar market characterized by periods of acquisition and consolidation where brand identity and resilience are key. Carlos Torano’s grandfather, Santiago Torano, emigrated from Spain to Cuba around 1915 in search of prosperity like many Europeans of the era. He began buying and selling tobacco on the island nation, and set up Torano & Co. in 1916. Throughout the 1920s, three of Santiago’s brothers would also exit Spain and join him in Cuba in the tobacco business. The family’s operation grew from dealing to farming and growing their own tobacco, with a focus on the production of wrapper leaves. They farmed 400 to 600 acres at one point. Although the Toranos enjoyed a fair amount of prosperity and freedom under the dictatorship of Batista in Cuba, they initially perceived Fidel Castro as a harbinger of a better and more democratic system. They had supported a Castro-based revolution, at least up until the reality of the new dictator’s agenda set in. Like a number of skilled cigar-makers, the Toranos were stripped of their assets, farms, and company, as everything, including the family’s savings, was confiscated by the state. The Toranos soon realized the gravity of the situation and were forced to flee. The family was literally split apart with members scattering to Peru, Brazil, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama and other Central and South American nations. This pivotal period of “exodus” has been reflected in a number of more modern Torano cigar releases, such as Exodus 1959. Carlos Torano’s father, Carlos Sr., eventually made his way to the Dominican Republic where he endeavored to recreate his beloved cigar brand. He died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 57. It was at this point in the mid-1970s, the remaining family members called upon Carlos Jr. to join them in re-establishing the family’s cigar enterprise. However, it would not be until the early 1990s that Torano-branded cigars would appear in the U.S. market. Carlos Jr. had established himself as a broker of tobaccos as the Cigar Boom exploded. His son, Charlie, eventually joined the company and was for many years the face of the Torano brand. As the Boom tapered off in the late 1990s, growth of the Torano brand was also stifled. Despite a drastic fall in demand, Torano managed to carve out a smaller, boutique audience of cigar lovers who appreciated the often multinational blends the family created, utilizing tobaccos from Brazil and Costa Rica alongside Dominican, Nicaraguan and Honduran leaves. Today, Torano is prized among value-centric cigar enthusiasts who may or may not be aware of the company’s Cuban heritage, but nonetheless appreciate its accessible price points. This is due in large part to the numerous periods of restructuring the Torano brand has witnessed over the past two decades. General Cigar Company’s full acquisition of the brand in 2014 has led to the discontinuation of a number of previous releases, while present-day Torano cigars reflect a bolder, splashier look, somewhat akin to Camacho. Although the Torano brand of today exhibits a departure from the brand’s tradition, there are plenty of old-world releases still available, and many at hearty discounts that are hard to beat.