Arturo Fuente Cigars, one of the world’s most prestigious cigar brands, is launching a partnership with Stefano Ricci, one of the most reputable luxury outfitters for men’s fashion and lifestyle from Italy, with flagship stores at all major hotspots around the globe.
The joy was to be seen in the eyes of both the entrepreneurs: Cigar Journal had the opportunity to meet both Carlito Fuente, CEO of Arturo Fuente, as well as Filippo Ricci, creative director for Stefano Ricci, the iconic fashion label from Italy, at this year’s InterTabac and to exclusively find out more about their still dewy collaboration.
Family, quality, tradition, passion, and giving the consumer maximum satisfaction is what connects the two lifestyle experts. The result is – similar to the tailored suit – an especially created humidor with eight Fuente cigars that are made from a unique and limited blend. Read More
Carlos “Carlito” Fuente, Jr. is president of Tabacalera A. Fuente y Cia, the largest family-owned premium cigar company in the world. Headquartered in Santiago, Dominican Republic, they employ 4,000 people and produce 30 million cigars a year.
The company was founded in the United States in 1912 by Arturo Fuente, who came from Cuba and was eventually joined in the business by his son, Carlos Fuente, Sr., and then his grandson, Carlos Jr. (Carlito) and granddaughter Cynthia. At various times since the Cuban embargo, the Fuentes had factories in Puerto Rico, Nicaragua, and Honduras, often losing everything due to civil unrest. Finally, in 1980, they settled in the Dominican Republic.
Since then, Carlito Fuente has become the persona of the Fuente brand and with his late father, brought back many figurado shapes and introduced innovative blends. Entire rooms in their factories are dedicated to their most famous cigars, including the Don Carlos, Hemingway, and OpusX – a cigar that revolutionized the industry by becoming the first successful all-Dominican puro.
There may be no cigar lounge in the world more impressive to behold and more difficult to describe than the Arturo Fuente Cigar Club. Co-owned by Carlos Fuente Jr. and Ciro Cascella, the place is a hub for the capital city’s elite power brokers. Upon entering, you walk into what looks like the lobby of a swanky boutique resort. Despite the “club” name and posh appearance, it’s open to the public. Just be sure to dress accordingly. Beautiful greeters welcome all guests and get them situated. Situated? Yes, there are several accommodation options to consider even before you get to the cigars, food and drinks. You can have a business meeting in one of the private Executive Rooms; each is exquisitely decorated and designed with a different purpose, several of them running alongside the lounge giving patrons the privacy they require while still being part of the action. No expense was spared when the club was renovated and the open checkbook is probably most apparent in the Executive Rooms. To give you an idea, a couple of the rooms feature crown molding made of actual Opus X and Añejo cigars. “Those are actual Opus X and Añejo cigars,” exclaimed Cascella as we walked into the room. “We did not replace them with standins, we don’t do things halfway here.” It’s hard to imagine that a cigar club could offer such a sophisticated gourmet dining experience, but if you enjoy seafood you would be hard-pressed to find a better fine dining option anywhere. Anywhere. The shrimp three ways dish is, simply put, one of the better shrimp dishes you can have and the sea bass carpaccio is a unique expression of Peruvian fusion. The wine cellar is superb and the full liquor bar features one of the best selections of Scotch on the island. Now for the cigars. Outside of Casa Fuente in Las Vegas, you are not likely to find a more complete selection of the entire product offering from Arturo Fuente. From the hardest-to-find Opus and Añejos to the more ubiquitous Fuente 8-5-8, they are all showcased in a museum-like setting. But don’t fear the museum; you can touch and smoke the art here!
Casa Fuente inside the Forum Shops at Caesars was the setting for the 100th anniversary of Arturo Fuente Cigars on Saturday night. Participating in the celebration were Carlos Fuente Jr., Cynthia Fuente and Liana Fuente as well as Eric Newman of J.C. Newman Cigars, Michael Frey of FreyBoy Tobacco and Meera and Sathya Levin of Holts Cigar Co.
Undefeated featherweight boxer Miguel Angel Garcia joined the festivities following his TKO over Jonathan Victor Barros earlier in the evening at Wynn Las Vegas.
Luxury watchmakers Hublot have announced the creation of the King Power “Arturo Fuente”, a watch made in tribute to the Opus X, a cigar which connoisseurs have dubbed the rarest in the world.
The Opus X is no ordinary cigar, so you can be certain the King Power “Arturo Fuente” timepiece is just as extraordinary. This limited edition timepiece will be delivered in a genuine cigar case of Macassar ebony and carbon which bears the Opus X and Hublot logos. Inside the case is a special edition of Arturo Fuente’s Opus X cigar. Arturo Fuente Sr. founded his eponymous company in 1912 in West Tampa, Florida. Today the brand is world-famous for their premium, hand-rolled cigars.
Only 100 pieces of the Gold version of the King Power “Arturo Fuente” will be produced, while the Ceramic version is limited to 200 pieces. Check out our exclusive gallery to see more views of this timepiece, as well as the limited-edition cigar case.