- The Washington Times
Tuesday, January 12, 2016

The flamboyant silk shirts worn by Mexican drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman during his secret interview with actor Sean Penn are reportedly flying off shelves.

The Los Angeles clothing shop Barabas posted on its website the now-famous photos of Guzman and Mr. Penn meeting at the drug lord’s jungle hideout, along with a special offer for customers to win a free El Chapo shirt for every Like on Facebook and Instagram, the Daily Mail reported.

Another Barabas shirt, dubbed “Crazy Paisley,” is also being advertised on the store’s website with an image of El Chapo. Both shirts are going for $128.

The store’s manager told TMZ that sales skyrocketed when the photos came out, causing their website to crash from the initial surge.

The website appeared to be down again Tuesday afternoon.

In a message posted on its website under a section titled “Barabas Philosophy of Fashion,” the company said: “At Barabas we bring philosophy and fashion together presenting our view of the world that we surround ourselves in while living out good words, good thoughts, good deeds,” the Daily Mail reported.

El Chapo is facing extradition to the U.S. after he was captured Friday by Mexican authorities following his July escape from a maximum-security prison. Mr. Penn has dismissed criticism over his interview, conducted Oct. 2 and published in Rolling Stone magazine one day after the fugitive’s capture.

Mexican officials have said that contacts between Guzman’s lawyers and Mr. Penn and actress Kate del Castillo helped them track down the fugitive, The Associated Press reported.

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