Insider: George Esquivel’s Honor... Speed Racer...

The men’s designer will compete for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund.

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In the Running
George Esquivel of Esquivel Shoes is getting some serious attention. The designer on Wednesday was named a finalist for this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America/Vogue Fashion Fund. Esquivel competes against Flora Gill and Alexa Adams of Ohne Titel; Natalie Chanin of Alabama Chanin; Patrik Ervell, Sophie Theallet, Waris Ahluwalia of House of Waris; Wayne Lee of Wayne; Gary Graham; Monique Péan; and Simon Spurr of Spurr for the top honor. The winner receives a cash prize, as well as a mentorship with an industry leader. Esquivel told Insider he’s preparing for his July 29 presentation to the board. Then he’ll have to sit tight until the winner and runners-up are announced at a gala on Nov. 16. “It’s a huge honor and a blessing,” he said. “I never expected this. For me, it’s all about the craft, and it’s so nice that people appreciate it. I can’t even believe it.” So who would Esquivel want as his mentor, if he won? “There are so many people on my list, everyone from Marc Jacobs to Tom Ford,” he said. Past winners include Alexander Wang, Rogan Gregory of Rogan, Doo-Ri Chung, Trovata, and Proenza Schouler’s Lazaro Hernandez and Jack McCollough.

Need for Speed
Auri Footwear wants to redefine fast fashion. Brand president and CEO Ori Rosenbaum and COO Andrew Furia told Insider they’re planning to break the land world speed record in Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats later this summer. The footwear company has teamed with Speed by Spectre to produce a 2,000-horse-power, twin turbo-charged, Cadillac-powered, 38-foot racing machine. “It has a gasoline-powered engine and four wheels. It’s a car, and it’s going to be the fastest car in the world,” Rosenbaum told Insider. The man behind the wheel will be wearing the company’s new Driver Series performance casual shoes. The company’s endeavors may also be featured on the small screen. “We’re talking about a documentary or reality show,” said Rosenbaum. “We’ll see.”


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