The Kings of Miami, or “Los Muchachos”, as the billionaire Cubans came to be known, knew how to make money and look good while doing it
Augusto ‘Willie’ Falcon and Salvator ‘Sal’ Magluta were best known for being Miami’s biggest drug lords in the 1980s and a new six part Netflix series, Cocaine Cowboys: The Kings of Miami, details the drama behind the scenes as told by close friends and co-conspirators.
Although we don’t know the story from their points of view, flashback photos show these two enjoyed the luxe life and looked good while living it. These grooming tips will help you achieve that Miami-new-money energy for the end of summer.
Get that glow
Florida sunshine is no joke, and this duo spent a significant amount of time in the sun on their sailboats to achieve these all-year round tans. If you want to be bronzed but don’t have the time (or a warrant) to be out on the high seas, these are the products that will help recreate this look. From lightweight water-based gels to protective serums, these go-to summer must-haves will protect you against all types of stressors, including getting pulled over with a kilo in your boot.
Apply the Tom Ford bronzing gel all over for a natural bronze, or just where the sun naturally hits. Willie and Sal were dealing with a very different kind of C in their day, but this vitamin C serum reduces pigmentation, evens skin tone, and protects against environmental stressors. For a proper buff and polish, Espa’s Clarifying scrub is formulated with fossilised particles to buff, and refreshing eucalyptus to cool off—perfect for sunny Miami.
Willie and Sal probably didn’t have the knowledge we do today about the importance of sunscreen. If they had, they might have thought about applying and reapplying it between sails and sales. Much like Hong Kong, Miami heat means major humidity, so lightweight sunscreens are best to prevent overly slick skin.
The convenience of this sunscreen spray is appealing for a man on the go (or on the run). A quick spray all over is low effort with high protection, something that Willie and Sal probably thought about often. This Kiehl’s Ultra Light sunscreen is ideal for everyday wear, and the non-comedogenic formula ensures that your skin won’t break out.
The 1980s were all about big money and even bigger hair, and Willie and Sal had volume to boot. It could’ve just been all the saltwater that delivered such volume, but it’s possible to emulate this look in the shower too. A nourishing shampoo and conditioner duo will save dry and dehydrated hair from excess sea and sun in one step. Replace lost texture with a grooming clay, and this will add control and body for that Miami Vice look perfect for a nightclub.
The daring pair often grew out their facial hair to both switch things up and effectively disguise themselves. Either way, lush beards and moustaches require maintenance. This beard wash and styling cream will clean and groom facial hair to leave it feeling soft and smelling like a hint of bergamot.
Keeping it clean
Being involved with drugs is dirty work, but these two sure tried to keep their hands clean before getting caught. These soap picks are a refreshing edit from the usual “cool” scents of Willy and Sal’s decade. Le Labo has deep and complex scents, and this basil hand soap is infused with citrusy verbena to bring out the vegetal qualities of the green herb.
Coriander and black peppercorn might not be the usual ingredients for a scented body wash, but Aesop always delivers deliciously elegant and balanced fragrances. Aventus by Creed is a fragrance inspired by the life of the historic emperor who “waged war, peace and romance with equal magnitude”—sound familiar? This bar soap contains notes of pineapple, blackcurrant and lemon as a sweet and fruity alternative to traditional male fragrances.