New York Times | MIRTA OJITO
One of Daisy Exposito-Ulla’s early memories of her native Cuba is seeing her mother throw away her great-grandfather’s yellowing guayabera, the four-pocket pleated shirt that many men in the Caribbean favor for formal occasions. Even then, Ms. Exposito-Ulla said she knew her mother was committing a fashion sin.
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Today, it is Ms. Exposito-Ulla who wears the guayabera: long, short, with pants, black or white. She owns six. As the chairwoman and chief executive of the Bravo Group, the largest Hispanic advertising agency in the United States, Ms. Exposito-Ulla attends black-tie events all over the country — and in the summer, her choice of evening wear is usually a guayabera.
“I like the feel of it against the skin when it’s hot,” she said. “And it is always elegant.”
Here she is wearing a white linen ensemble made for her by Gabriella Arango Couture in Coral Gables, Fla. ($1,500). Ms. Exposito-Ulla likes to pair her guayaberas with feminine accessories, like heels from Ralph Lauren ($450), pearl and diamond earrings by Irene Zingg, a Venezuelan designer ($2,000), and her grandmother’s pearl necklace.
“When I wear my guayabera in New York, I feel like I have on a piece of Miami or of Cuba,” said Ms. Exposito-Ulla, who left her country at 11 and lives in Manhattan, but keeps an apartment in Miami Beach. “A guayabera connects me to my roots.”