Cobbler extraordinaire George Esquivel was on hand at Maria Cornejo's Bleecker St. store last night to celebrate the launch of his fall/winter shoe collaboration with Cornejo.
Esquivel, who handcrafts exquisite leather shoes in his Orange County workshop (he employs only 8-12 craftsmen), only produces a few shoes a year so he's game to collaborate. He says it allows him to explore other design concepts. But only if the shoe fits (I couldn't resist).
"The collaborations that I do have to be seamless and grow organically," Esquivel told us. "Maria read about me at the Vogue Fashion Fund last year, called me up and we hit it off."
It's the first year Esquivel and Cornejo have teamed up, and this is Esquivel's first fall/winter line for Cornejo.
"[Cornejo's] collection is structured and architectural so we tried to create lines in the shoes and give them some texture and shapes that are just a little different," Esquivel said. "They're just a little off-center." Standouts from the line include lace-up ankle boots with removable "sleeves" that resemble spats. The sleeves can be changed up so you can customize the boots.
As for his next collab? Esquivel was frustratingly cryptic. All he would say was that it was with the designer sitting across from him at the CFDA dinner last year. So if you know who that was, holler!
After drooling over Esquivel's buttery leather shoes, we headed to fashion dining hot spot du jour, The Fat Radish, where Kanon Organic Vodka was hosting a vodka pairing dinner. They invited a select group of influential downtown scenesters including Leigh Lezark, the Face Hunter's Yvan Rodic, Chrissie Miller, Geordon Nicol and Becka Diamond. The food and cocktails were delicious, but beyond that, it's clever marketing on the part of Kanon. By targeting this select crew of influencers they build the right kind of buzz. Lauren even did a guest blog post for Kanon on the event--see her best-dressed picks here.
And here is a gratuitous delicious Kanon cocktail photo. Cinnamon-infused vodka is surprisingly good.