Shoe designer George Esquivel has operated his namesake brand out of Orange County for over two decades. His specialized atelier produces a maximum capacity of 4,000 pairs of entirely handmade men's and women's shoes, which are designated for select retailers and personal clients throughout the world. Esquivel designs with a hands-on approach, working closely with a team of craftsmen whom he has personally mentored. In 2009, the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund selected him to be a finalist for its coveted honor; the following year, it named him a CFDA member. Among the many major media features focused on Esquivel, Vogue's September 2012 issue included him as one of the 120 Most Influential Designers.