The Straits Times
Published on Oct 03, 2012

Pablo Escobar T-shirts a hit in Mexico's drug states


MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nearly two decades after Colombian cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar died in a hail of bullets, his eldest son is conquering new markets in Mexico - with a fashion line in his father's image.

Sebastian Marroquin's designer T-shirts, plastered with photos of Escobar, are hot sellers in Mexican states that are on the front lines of the country's deadly drug war.

The shirts are emblazoned with images of the Medellin cartel boss, who flooded the world with cocaine before he was shot dead in 1993.

Featuring pictures from Escobar's student ID card, driver's license and other images, the shirts cost between US$65 (S$80) and $95 - a small fortune in a country where about half of the population lives in poverty.