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La Flor De Cano Cuban Cigar Box Warranty Seal T-shirt

A classic Cuban collectible t-shirt displaying the Cuban cigar Garantia seal as is attached to all boxes of authentic Cuban cigars. The Habanos seal indicates: Republica de Cuba, Sello de Garantia Nacional de Procedencia. The graphic is screenprinted in superb quality on a high quality cotton t-shirt. This Habanos t-shirt is one of our most popular shirts among our Cuban cigar customers. Available in sizes M-L-XL-XXL. Please indicated size in Comments box on final page of Checkout.

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Brand Profile

La Flor de Cano Cuban cigars are all handmade havana cigars characterized by a medium strength smoke within a superbly constructed cigar, manufactured at the El Rey del Mundo cigar factory.  La Flor de Cano cigars are often one of the harder to find cigars due to a quite small production run on these by Habanos.

There is some confusion and myth surrounding the La Flor de Cano cigar brand.  To the best of our knowledge the following is the most credible account of this proud Cuban cigar brand.

In the late 1920s, Juan Cano Sainz and his wife, Consuelo, lived above their warehouse on 39 Bernaza Street in Old Havana, Cuba. They then moved to a "townhouse" on the corner of Teniente Rey and Bernaza Street, the birthplace of La Flor de Cano. In 1932, Juan hired a cigar maker to roll cigars on his kitchen table. The sales gained so much success that he hired a second cigar maker to keep up with demand. As his clientele continued to grow, Juan established his own company and created a brand under his family's name, La Flor de Cano. Juan received much needed help from his brothers, Alfredo and Aurelio. Alfredo helped Juan get started by providing him with free bookkeeping assistance, while Aurelio provided him with high quality tobacco at discounted prices. Juan's son, Ernesto J. Cano, joined the business in 1939 at the age of 16, and Juan's brothers each pursued their own careers independently of each other.

As business continued to grow, Juan realized the need for expansion, so he leased additional space at 45 San Jose Street. Further growth again demanded relocation to a larger building at 618 Manriquez. After two years, once again, Juan needed additional capacity and moved the operation to Figuras 109. In Figuras, Juan occupied the 2nd floor and employed approximately 200 cigar rollers. An American cigar manufacturer occupied the first floor.

In 1936, Juan registered La Flor de Cano with Tabacalera Espanola, a cigar distributor in Spain. By 1942, La Flor de Cano, Partagas, and H. Upmann were the top three selling cigar brands in Spain. In 1946, Ernesto traveled to Spain for six months to learn more about the international cigar business. Upon his return to Cuba in 1947, Ernesto became an equal partner in the business, thus forming J. Cano E Hijo (J. Cano and Son). In 1947, Ernesto graduated from Havana University where he earned a CPA degree.

Juan and Ernesto wanted to modernize by introducing automation to their operation; however, the building owner would not allow additional machinery to be brought onto his premises, so Juan and Ernesto again relocated. In 1951, Juan and Ernesto built their own cigar factory at 301 San Gabriel in Old Havana, Cuba. Here, Juan and Ernesto created a modern, state-of-the-art cigar manufacturing operation, employed more than 300 employees, and utilized approximately thirty machines that produced over five thousand cigars per day.

During World War II, the larger Cuban manufacturers, such as Partagas, sold their cigars to the US military for $70 per thousand. However, the smaller manufacturers such as J. Cano E Hijo were only offered $50 per thousand, so Juan never entered into agreement with the military. During this period, a prospective customer entered Ernesto's office to buy cigars for the military. Ernesto told his father about the persistent client and informed him that he would not leave. In an attempt to persuade the man to go, Juan told Ernesto to quote the buyer at a price of $90 per thousand. The buyer, who turned out to be a representative of the British Army, accepted this price and signed a contract. Juan and Ernesto's cigars, including the Churchill, became widely known in the British Army during WWII.

Juan Cano Sainz died in 1955, and the company's name changed to Hijos de J. Cano y Co. Ernesto's mother, Consuelo Perez, and his two sisters, Consuelito and Silvia, became minority owners of the business, although they were not employees. Ernesto continued to run the firm until Fidel Castro's communist government nationalized all private property in August 1960. A large shipment to Spain had yet to be paid when Castro illegally assumed all private assets, so Prime Minister of Spain Francisco Franco ceased payment. After a legal dispute, the payment was split between Ernesto and Castro. Ernesto also held the duty of the Cigars Exporters Association, in Havana, for nine years.

In a position of wealth and influence, Ernesto was instructed to join the Communist Party. Having no interest in participating in something so removed from his own morals and ethics, and anticipating that Castro would soon prohibit emigration from Cuba, Ernesto, using his political influence, obtained visas for his family. Quietly and during the evening hours, Ernesto and his wife Maria gathered their children, Ernesto Luis, Maria de los Angeles, and Juan Luis. They carried no money and only bare essentials and fled from Cuba to Miami, Florida, leaving all hard earned possessions and friendships behind to start a new life.

Juan Cano Sainz's legacy remains in Cuba to this day. Note that Juan's name has always been associated with the Habanos Cuban Box codes (originally designated as JCS). Even the Y2000 Box codes still maintain his name to this date, as La Flor de Cano cigars continue their prominence among the  best-in-class cigars throughout the world.

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