1602 Tampa Girl Cigar Box Purse
I’ve lost track of how many of these Tampa Girl cigar box purses I have made and they continue to be so popular! Tampanians are very proud of their heritage and happy to live in such a beautiful city- me included! This is the original Tampa Girl image (there were two) of the girl sitting on the bay in Havana with the Morro Castle in the background with “Gonzalez Fisher” printed on the label. I decoupaged this image onto a dark brown, wooden, slide opening La Aroma de Cuba, El Jefe cigar box. The box itself is a beauty with dovetail detailing in the corners, nice and deep with an incredible gold seal. El Jefe translates to ” the Boss”. Four large red crystals frame the classic Tampa Girl image. The handle is made up of black and red wooden beads and a black tassel. I lined the inside of the up cycled Humadorable cigar box purse with padded leopard fabric and red trim. The back has been painted black and eight gold purse feet have been added to the back and bottom of the purse for protection. A white porcelain knob serves as a closure for security. Gold hardware has been attached to the sides so that you may add a strap that you already own. This makes these little cigar box purses of mine versatile in that they can be worn by the handle, over the shoulder or cross- body. I sell straps and gold and silver cross body chains too. The chain in the last photo is available, but not included. 6.25 x 7.75 x 4.25″ ** THIS IS AN AUTHENTIC CIGAR BOX PURSE, SO SMALL FLAWS INFLICTED BY THE SMOKERS OF THE CIGARS ARE TO BE EXPECTED! They only add character and charm! 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 get in on sales and new products. Also please follow Humadorables by Susan on Facebook and Instagram. https://www.facebook.com/Humadorables/ https://www.instagram.com/humadorablesbysusan/
Here is the link to purchase the chain. Use coupon code: SHIPCHAIN at check out to take shipping charges off of the chain when adding to a cigar box purse purchase and add in comments if you would like gold or silver. http://humadorablesbysusan.com/product/silver-gold-cross-body-chains/
History: In a rush to confront military combat in the context of a pivotal campaign, Winston Churchill arrived in Cuba in 1895 as a young lieutenant. There, he embedded with Spanish troops engaged in a menacing confrontation with Cuban rebels. Churchill took on fire, turned 21 years old, and received commendation by the Spanish in his role as soldier and war correspondent for London’s Daily Graphic. He also cemented his love for handmade cigars. While Churchill collected and smoked a number of historic Cuban labels during his lifetime, La Aroma de Cuba bears a special allegiance to its Cuban roots today. At some point past the turn of the century, the trademarks for La Aroma de Cuba fell off the radar – not an uncommon occurrence for dozens of cigar companies that were bought and sold or traded as capital among Cubans and other investors. A full-scale revival of La Aroma de Cuba emerged in the early 2000s. In the 1990s, the brand’s trademarks had been acquired and registered by the Levin family, owners of the historic Ashton brand. Focused on expanding their cigar portfolio, they officially launched a Honduran-made La Aroma de Cuba in 2002 to satisfy the growing audience for medium to full-bodied cigars. The brand’s original artwork was resurrected on the bands and boxes. The appeal of La Aroma de Cuba quickly registered among consumers and it sold well. By the mid-2000s, the Levins decided to transfer production from Honduras to Nicaragua and into the hands of a rising cigar maker, Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia, following the successful debut of another brand Garcia was charged with making for them: San Cristobal. Jose ‘Pepin’ Garcia, simply called “Pepin,” was a far cry from an ordinary, up-and-coming cigar maker. Pepin immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in the early 2000s, where he had been a master cigar maker for decades. Pepin oversaw production for a number of renowned Cuban brands, including Montecristo, Romeo y Julieta, and Cohiba, having trained some 200-plus rollers throughout his tenure. With the support and dedication of his family, Pepin quickly established his presence in the premium cigar market in the U.S. by launching a handful of small-batch brands from a modest factory in Miami’s historic Little Havana district. Among the first to catch the attention of critics and consumers was Tatuaje (Spanish for “tattoo”), a brand the Garcia family blended for Pete Johnson. As Pepin’s reputation earned praise among cigar lovers, his candidacy to revive La Aroma de Cuba as a premier Nicaraguan brand was clear to the Levin family and the management at Ashton. Today, Pepin and his son, Jaime Garcia, produce a number of award-winning brands, including My Father and Flor de las Antillas. La Aroma de Cuba is among the most renowned and bestselling lines made at the family’s modern cigar-making facility in Estelí, Nicaragua.