Vendetta: Legendary Cigar and Fashion Lounge Victim of Pandemic

The hospitality industry took a hard hit during the Pandemic, with a knock out punch delivered to San Francisco’s unique men’s boutique – Vendetta.

Bespoke service was key here, making this destination a far cry from the usual hotel retailer.

While of modest size, Vendetta’s range of fashion offerings was impressive – everything a man could want from Italian clothing and accessories to pre-embargo Cuban cigars from the 1950’s.

An added delight here was the store’s cigar smoking room, providing a stunning view of Nob Hill and the California Street cable car line. Besides featuring rare vintage cigars, Vendetta also had a broad selection of today’s most popular brands. Competitively priced cigar cases and related items were a staple of the inventory at Vendetta.

Men – and/or those who love them – could find leather goods from Moore and Giles; Persol sunglasses;  S.T. Dupont lighters and accessories;  pima cotton knitwear from Left Coast Tee; neckwear from Massimo Bizzocchi and Dolcepunta of Italy; outerwear from Beretta of Italy and caps and hats from Borsalino. A variety of Jack Victor sports coats were also on hand.

The Vendetta experience was curated by its founding owner –  Bruce Rothenberg – who was always on hand to attend to the customer’s personal needs.

With the closing of the store, Mr. Rothenberg has retired to his sumptuous villa in a Mexican coastal town to reflect on his achievements and many personal conquests.

Gentlemen (and ladies) seeking to find a remaining retail outlet with smoking lounges are encouraged to investigate the these two remarkable venues:

Contact Telford’s Pipe & Cigar Inc. or The Occidental Cigar Club