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Meet the guy who made El Chapo's 'perfect' dress shirt




A woman looks at the homepage of the clothing house Barabas on Tuesday. At the time, the site featured two photos of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin
A woman looks at the homepage of the clothing house Barabas on Tuesday. At the time, the site featured two photos of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzmán. Today the site shows a different ad — one which, again, stars El Chapo.
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This past week when Sean Penn interviewed drug lord Joaquin Guzman, or El Chapo, a picture of the two of them together started to make the rounds on the internet.

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The article was divisive and inspired conversation, but so did El Chapo's fashion choice. The shirt was loud and boisterous, and as it turns out it comes from a clothing wholesaler in downtown Los Angeles called Barabas.

Shawn Esteghbal, one of the shop's owners claims he designed the shirt in the summer of 2015 and that it's only one of more than 300 shirts that they've manufactured.

When Take Two arrived at the shop for an interview, multiple people were there to purchase the shirt, of which Esteghbal said, he had only a few left. They retail for $128 and are backordered until February.

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Clothing wholesalers are common in downtown Los Angeles. Like Barabas, they design and distribute their clothes to shops around the world. For Barabas those shops are mostly in the United States and Mexico, where Esteghbal says his shirts have become popular with musicians.

As to how El Chapo got a hold of his shirt, he's not sure, but as a designer, he says he's fine with it.

"I'm a designer... and somebody's appreciating it and wearing it... Regardless of who he is and what he does... it's a great feeling. I see my shirt is on news and it's everywhere."

If you own the El Chapo shirt and are curious as to where you should wear it, Esteghbal has an answer for that too.

"It's a dress shirt! You wanna go to a church? You can wear one of these shirts and go to a church. You wanna go out on a date? It's perfect. You want to go clubbing with it? It's a perfect shirt."