Travis Gumbs: I am a huge fan of clothing that play a big role within different cultures. About a year ago I saw Gabe Garcia of The Brooklyn Circus wearing a really nice vintage guayabera. Not long after, I walked into Prohibit and saw that they had their own guayaberas for sale. A summer later and the guayabera is one of my favorites for staying stylish in this NY heat.
The guayabera holds quite an interesting background. Though its exact origin has not been factually pinpointed, it is understood to have derived from either Cuba or Mexico. The name has been said to originate in Cuba from the wife of a countryman who created a lightweight linen version of the shirt so that her husband can use the large pockets to comfortably carry guava from the fields.
Growing up, I frequently saw guayaberas during the summer, they were worn by older men of a Hispanic or Caribbean background. Until now, I never paid much attention to how detailed and convenient this shirt is. Having those two bottom pockets is really helpful. I stuff just about everything in them: keys, change, phone, you name it. Also, when the pockets are slightly protruding, it compliments the fit and shape of the shirt.
Prohibit NYC is a real cool Mens store located in the Lower East side. They do some impressive pieces, all crafted in Japan. They actually have a nice blue, sea island cotton guayabera that I plan on picking up in the very near future. Check them out HERE
Location: This post was shot at Habana Outpost in Brooklyn. Many of you brooklynites may know the spot well. It is an eatery that serves traditional Mexican and Cuban cuisines; very befitting for the subject at hand.