Portraits – Shoe Designer George Esquivel

Occupation: shoe designer

Address: esquivelshoes.com

Why we like him: George Esquivel has been a known entity among celebs of all kinds (music, sports, entertainment) for years, as well as among LA lovers of superb footwear. Being a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award Finalist last year helped boost his status nationwide, and collaborations with the likes of Zero + Maria Cornejo, JC Obando, and Timo Weiland show the versatility of this man. I predict it’s not going to be long before this Angelino’s custom made, innovative designs with a rock ‘n’ roll edge will be a staple all over the world… (See Esquivel’s amazing shoes and read about his favorite LA spots after the jump.)

Where are you from? I grew up all around Orange County and LA, but mainly in Orange County.

How long have you lived here? I have lived here most of my life

Where do you live in LA? I still live in Orange County, my showroom and most of my business is conducted in LA.

Favorite restaurant in your hood: My favorite lunch time restaurant near my showroom if Toast, my favorite dinner restaurant is Philippe on Melrose.

This place makes the best coffee/tea: I don’t drink coffee but Toast makes this really great drink with really different ingredients.

Coolest store: I have two favorites, Douglas Fir on West 3rd street, they have an amazing selection of jackets and shirts (I buy most of my jackets there). The other is A+R on Abbot Kinney in Venice, they have so many great items.

First three adjectives that come to mind when describing your  neighborhood: The neighborhood of my showroom in LA is quaint, laid back, very cool.

Favorite LA artist: Rimi Yang

Best kept secret about your neighborhood: I have been told that my showroom is a well kept secret because it is not such an easy place to find.

When I need a time-out, I go to: The local hills and mountains and for a bike ride

The one thing that’s a must-see in LA: The Getty

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