L.A. Fashion

An inside look at the sartorial strides being made on the West Coast.

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Shoes by George Esquivel

They may have an Italian pedigree, but George Esquivel’s bespoke shoes have serious West Coast flair. A favorite of the R&B-glam songstress Janelle Monáe, Esquivel’s brogues, derbies and oxfords are handcrafted at his Orange County atelier, combining classic Italianate style with unexpected additions: a flash of metallic silver, a painted wing tip, a lime-green tassel. For spring, he’s developed a line of watchbands with southern California watchmaker Westime, crafted from natural Italian Vachetta leather and painted in blue, black, green or burgundy. Wingtip shoes, $575; available at bergdorfgoodman.com. For other stores, go to esquivelshoes.com. —Jamie Wiebe