April 26, 2019

El Chapo wears Jewish fashion designers, and you can too

A schmatta, it’s not.

The infamous Mexican cartel boss Joaquín Guzmán — better known as El Chapo — is in the news after a widely publicized interview with Sean Penn in Rolling Stone magazine led to his capture (again). In the days that followed, photos of the actor and the drug kingpin circulated around the world.

According to the Guardian, this was an incredible stroke of luck for two Iranian-Jewish brothers in Los Angeles. In one photo with Penn, Guzmán is wearing an ornate gray-and-blue striped button-down shirt that’s overlaid with a black paisley-ish pattern designed by the brothers’ company, Barabas.

“We’re excited because he could buy anything, he could buy Versace, any other brand, but to choose our brand, our designs!” owner Shawn Esteghbal told the paper.

The phrase “Most Wanted Shirt” touts Barabas’ homepage, which depicts the famous photo — of a mustachioed Guzman, wearing Barabas’ “Fantasy” button-down shirt shaking hands with a scruffy Penn — accompanied by a photo of an equally scruffy model sporting the shirt same shirt as Guzman, in what can safely be assumed a smaller size.

Rolling Stone has also released a video of Guzmán’s response to Penn’s questions. In it, El Chapo wears a similar shirt, also by Barabas.

Perhaps ironically, Barabas’s motto is “Good words. Good thoughts. Good deeds.”

Whether or not this unexpected publicity will advance the brothers’ mission remains a head scratcher — but it has undoubtedly been good for business: The shirt, which retails for $128, is currently on backorder.

Mexico recaptures drug boss ‘Chapo’ Guzman

Mexico has recaptured the world's most notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, President Enrique Pena Nieto said via Twitter on Friday, six months after he brazenly broke out of a high security prison through a tunnel.

Guzman, the head of the infamous Sinaloa Cartel who Pena Nieto first caught in 2014, was captured in an early morning raid in the drug baron's native state of Sinaloa, a government security source said.

“Mission accomplished: We have him,” Pena Nieto said on his Twitter account. “I want to inform all Mexicans that Joaquin Guzman Loera has been arrested.”

In October, the government said Guzman narrowly evaded security forces searching for him in the northwest of Mexico, sustaining injuries to his face and leg.

Guzman, staged his jailbreak in July, when he escaped through a mile-long tunnel which burrowed right up into his cell, heaping embarrassment on Pena Nieto.

Once featured in the Forbes list of billionaires, Guzman is one of the world's top crime bosses, whose Sinaloa Cartel has smuggled billions of dollars worth of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamines into the United States and fought vicious turf wars with other Mexican gangs.

Guzman potentially faces a quick extradition to the United States. After coming under fire for failing to extradite him the last time, Mexico's Attorney General's office said in July it had approved an order to extradite him north of the border.

Guzman is wanted by U.S. authorities for various criminal charges including cocaine smuggling and money laundering.