Keep it Cool in a Miami Guayabera

By: Jodi Mailander Farrell

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The iconic four-pocket guayabera shirt – spotted on everyone from Raul Castro to Mitt Romney wooing Latino voters on the campaign trail to abuelitos playing dominoes on Calle Ocho – is as much a symbol of Miami as it is of Cuban heritage.

The undisputed king of the guayabera shirtmakers is Ramon Puig, who opened his first guayabera store in Cuba in 1943. Puig has designed and tailored the lightweight, untucked shirts for celebrities such as Ernest Hemingway, Robert De Niro, Robert Duval, Sylvester Stallone, and many world leaders,  including Presidents Regan, Clinton and Bush.

With precision folds, cuts, and attention to detail, the Ramon Puig Guayabera has become known as a cool, comfortable, and versatile garment, suitable for business meetings, social gatherings, family events, and daily casual wear. You’ll also see hipster versions of it on South Beach.

There are two Ramon Puig shops in Miami: in downtown Miami at 28 W. Flagler St. and another in Southwest Miami at 5840 SW 8th St. Prices range from $39.99 to $149.99.

Info: www.ramonpuig.com.

Want to learn more about the guayabera? History Miami, the history museum of South Florida, has a fun online tour of the shirt’s history and features at www.historymiami.org/guayabera.

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