Silver and Wine: Rox950 Puts their Jewelry on Display

On Monday, Rosana Vargas, the creator behind the jewelry brand Rox950, hosted an pasarela (runway show) at Sarao’s Bar in Havana to showcase her new collection of jewelry, Plata y Vino II (Silver and Wine II). Alongside a few of her other collections, the new Plata y Vino featured a range of silver pieces that can be paired with corks from your favorite bottles of … Continue reading Silver and Wine: Rox950 Puts their Jewelry on Display

Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

This past Saturday the Cuban fashion brand and design shop Clandestina 99% Diseño Cubano hit the runway and hosted their “Se Acabó el Drama” fashion show at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano. Founded by Leire Fernandez and Cuban designer Idania Del Rio, the Clandestina brand is known for their mix of bright colors, hip design, clever humor, and of course a little bit of Cuban … Continue reading Clandestina Hits the Runway at the Fabrica de Arte Cubano

Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City

A pair of Cuban have embarked on an illuminating (sorry) art project here in Havana, the LA Times reports. The two are reigniting the lost neon signs that covered Havana in the 1950’s. Back then, it was something of the Las Vegas of the Caribbean—or, more accurately, Las Vegas became the Havana of the United States after the 1958 Revolution when the new Cuban government … Continue reading Reigniting Havana: Neon Returns to the City

Granma on Cuban App Developers

Granma, Cuba’s state-run newspaper, recently published an interesting article on some of the work of Cuba’s new app developers. The article is worth a read, with some help from Google translate. Here are some of the most interesting highlights: The number of Cuban developers has skyrocketed in the past five years, since the government started licensing programmers: “The permit for “Programmer of Computer Equipment” was … Continue reading Granma on Cuban App Developers

Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

The innovation scene in Cuba is just beginning to emerge, with teams creating new websites, apps, and even design shops on a weekly basis. It’s an exciting place to be, but many innovators are uncertain of how to move forward. Cuba is a complex and ever-changing landscape, lacking a path for them to follow. Fortunately, this new class of innovators does have one thing they can look … Continue reading Six Havana Restaurants Cuban Innovators Must Look to for Inspiration

The Clever Posters of Chanchullero

One of our favorite restaurants in Old Havana, Chanchullero, has some of the most interesting posters we’ve seen anywhere in the city (for more info on Chanchullero and some of our other favorite spots, check out our travel guide). The posters were created for the restaurant by Cuban designer Gerardo Lebredo Sanchez. The pieces are clever, funny, and take advantage of Cuba’s rich history, particularly … Continue reading The Clever Posters of Chanchullero

Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

The fashion scene in Cuba is brand new and rapidly changing. For decades, Cubans have foregone fashion as it is sometimes seen as contradictory to the ideals of the revolution. But as Cuba opens up and increases its exposure to the outside work, new and exciting opportunities in fashion are beginning to emerge. Typical Cubans on the street get their clothing in several different ways. … Continue reading Cuba’s Fashion Industry is Small, but Growing

Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

Cuba’s cooler than ever. Every week a new bar, restaurant or event space opens, often owned by the Cuban creative class, the artists permitted to sell their work internationally. They bring a unique sense of individuality and beauty to their spaces. Simple, with few tables and small menus, they serve whatever food is available to buy that day. Standing out from all others is the … Continue reading Mixing Ideas and Cultures at the Fábrica de Arte Cubano

On Cuba on Clandestina, Our Favorite Clothing Shop in Havana

OnCuba recently profiled our favorite design shop in Cuba, Clandestina 99% Diseno Cubano, who we wrote about here. In perhaps the most interesting portion of the article, founders Idania Del Rio and Leire Fernández discuss their difficulties in creating a new Cuban brand. The idea of a “brand” is fascinating in a country where, for decades, the only brand was the state. You still see … Continue reading On Cuba on Clandestina, Our Favorite Clothing Shop in Havana