Seems like this time all the cigar connoisseurs can enjoy their cigars as well as support for a noble cause. A series of limited edition cigars and boxes are being designed by Litto Gomez along with artist Ruben Toledo and his wife, fashion designer Isabel Toledo which will be sold to benefit El Museo del Barrio, New York City’s only Latin American museum. The museum, located in the Harlem neighborhood known as El Barrio, is undergoing a nearly $30 million renovation.
The La Flor Dominicana El Museo Limited Edition is a Churchill-sized cigar. The filler and binder were grown on the La Flor de Palma farm in the Dominican Republic, and the wrapper was grown elsewhere in the country. Each off-white lacquer box has designs drawn by Ruben Toledo on both sides of the lid. The exterior displays a silhouetted design of a smoking mambo dancer standing in a seductive pose. Imagery of butterfly wings and lush vegetation give the scene an element of Latin American exoticism. The cigar band, which he also designed, uses palm trees and leaves to form the features of a woman’s face. Only 2,000 boxes of these exclusive cigars will be produced with each box having a cost of US $600. These stylish cigars with such a high price will definitely help with a significant portion of the funding for the project.