27 Mar '11, 6am

Lifestyle - Mexican drug traffickers set designer trends: MEXICO CITY - THE cliche of Mexican drug traffick...

MEXICO CITY - THE cliche of Mexican drug traffickers in gaudy cowboy outfits and flashy jewellery is rapidly losing ground, with younger generations setting discrete new trends in designer labels. Last year, three suspected drug traffickers, including Edgar Valdez, nicknamed 'La Barbie,' and Jose Jorge Balderas, nicknamed 'El JJ,' were presented before television cameras on their arrest - as is the custom in Mexico - wearing Ralph Lauren polo shirts. 'That's what they were wearing at the moment of their capture,' said an officer who took part in operations to detain the two suspects who made involuntary new fashion statements. In Mexico City street markets fake green polo shirts sporting the slogan 'London,' which La Barbie wore, or the blue model worn by 'JJ,' sell for the equivalent of 30 dollars. 'It's the new 'narcofashion,' we sell a lot. People ask us for the 'Barbie...

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