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

New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Josuhe Pagliery, the designer and artist behind Empty Head Games, today launched Cuba’s first Indiegogo campaign to back his new videogame, Savior. Created by his studio Empty Head Games, Savior is a 2D platformed that, when launched, will be Cuba’s first independent videogame. The $10,000 campaign will fund the development of the playable demo, to be released early next year. This is a big step … Continue reading New Indiegogo Campaign Launches to Fund Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

Video games are extremely popular in Cuba. Gamers create illegal intranets to play DOTA and hack Pokémon Go just to catch a few Pokémon in a wifi park. There’s a thriving gaming community, but unfortunately, with the exceptions of a few apps and educational games published through the government, the rest of these are all made abroad. Josuhe H. Pagliery is trying to change that. … Continue reading Up Close with Josuhe Pagliery, Creator of Cuba’s First Indie Game, Savior

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

Spring 2016 Visit: To Do Business in Cuba, Think Small

Greg Matusky traveled to Cuba in February 2015 as an advisor to Innovadores, for a chance to meet with some of the promising innovators on the island. Cuba represents a huge, untapped market for American businesses and marketers. Located only 90 miles from Key West with a population nearly three times that of Puerto Rico and a literacy rate higher than here in the US, … Continue reading Spring 2016 Visit: To Do Business in Cuba, Think Small