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Shoes by Tommy Hilfiger and George Esquivel

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For some, shoes have a magnetic pull that is nearly impossible to resist—a fact that makes collaborations like the first between fashion titan Tommy Hilfiger and footwear designer George Esquivel all the more compelling. “The fact that two American designers came together to create something simply for the love of it is what makes this so special,” says Esquivel.

The four styles ($399 each)—a loafer and a brogue for both men and women (the women's brogue is pictured above)—are handmade in California, where Esquivel has been designing shoes from a studio in Orange County for a decade. Just 900 of the limited-edition pairs will be made, each requiring more than 100 steps and featuring hand-punched perforations, hand-appliquéd logos and individually polished soles and heels.

The designers’ relationship isn’t new. Esquivel, a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award nominee in 2009, joined the CFDA’s Americans in Paris program two years later. Hilfiger, a program mentor for four years, knew instantly that he wanted to work with him. A shoe Esquivel produced for Hilfiger’s Fall 2013 show at New York Fashion Week ultimately turned into the capsule collection. 681 Fifth Ave., New York; 212-223-1824; 157 N. Robertson Blvd., Los Angeles; 310-247-1475; tommy.com.

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