The Martinez Montiel brand is a higher end specialty designer line specifically intended for the cultural enthusiast and modeled after the South American, Aztec, and new Cuban style flavors. It is an original and intricately crafted embroidered shirt yet with a taste of history and culture sewn into every stitch. We also offer custom design work relative to our customers specifications for weddings, parties, or corporate events.
Sometimes misspelled: guyabera, guayebera, guyabera, guyabara, guayabara, guyabera, guayabas, or by many other names such as Mexican Wedding shirts, Havana shirts, Cigar shirts, Mexican shirts, Yayabera shirts, or Cuban shirts - are not only extremely comfortable but versatile. Guayaberas can be worn for formal events such as weddings or dinner partys, or non-formal events such as picnics or casual nights out. They can also be used for company functions & events, or uniforms for the restaurant and hotel industries.
The Guayabera has enjoyed a long history first introduced in Cuba. The origin of the name Guayabera may come from a Cuban legend that tells of a poor countryside seamstress sewing large pockets into her husband's shirts for carrying guava (guayabas) from the field, thus creating the Guayabera style. The Guayaberas name may also have originated from the word yayabero, the word for a person who lived near the Yayabo River in Cuba. It later spread to Latin America where its popularity grew.
The Guayabera has four front pockets (two above and two below) and two vertical lines of alforzas (ten vertical pleats that are very closely sewed and pass from above the top pockets down to the bottom of the shirt). The top of each pocket is usually adorned with a button, as are the bottoms of the alforzas. The Cuban Guayabera, unlike the Mexican, also has the alforzas going down the center of the shirt, over the button holes. The back of the Guayabera also follows the same pattern of alforzas. The bottom of the shirt has three-inch slits on each side engaged with a small button. As a straight-bottomed shirt, it is worn outside the trousers. The cuffs may be either one-button or French-cuffed. The white French-cuffed Guayabera worn with a black bowtie, is considered to be equivalent to a tuxedo and can be worn as formal attire.