Brothers’ Keeper

Siblings Jason Grosvenor Roper and Nicholas Christian Roper spent years perfecting their artisanship before launching their luxury-goods business in England in 2002. Jason studied furniture making and eventually produced pieces for the esteemed London-based design house David Linley, and Nicholas trained as an engineer and worked as a metalsmith, forging custom works for private clients.  […]

Puro Gold

Padrón Cigars celebrates its 50th anniversary with two new all-Nicaraguan releases. Padrón Cigars turned 50 this year, and in an industry where fierce competition and other factors such as inclement weather and civil unrest have snuffed out many brands, reaching this milestone is cause for celebration. To mark the achievement, the company, which is renowned for its Nicaraguan puros—cigars with […]

Gifts of the Season 2013: Smoke Symbols

A Swiss tobacconist’s 10-year approach to Nicaraguan cigars and the limited-edition humidor that celebrates the journey. Ten years ago, the Davidoff team of tobacco specialists set out to discover new, raw tobaccos that would contribute to a revolutionary taste profile for the brand—one that delivered bittersweet palate stimulation.  Up to that point, Davidoff had worked […]

FrontRunners: Genco Berk

Like his designs for homes and restaurants, Genco Berk’s desktop humidors ( appear crisp, clean, and captivating. The interior designer and architect, who was born in Istanbul and now splits his time between Europe and Shanghai, has taken his penchants for unusual textures and features, combined them with his passion for cigars, and created a […]

FrontRunners: Tobacco to Go

Dur­ing the Great Depression and the days of the 5-cent cigar, New York’s self-proclaimed “Tobacconist to the World” Nat Sherman was selling his hand-rolled smokes for a dollar. To celebrate its 80th year in business, Sherman’s namesake company has commissioned the Globe-Trotter Nat Sherman Humidor ( British luggage maker Globe-Trotter used 114-year-old Victorian machinery to […]