New banana leaf bag collection
Design

Meet designer George Esquivel

December 11, 2020

Just in time for holiday season gift ideas, we’ve teamed up again with the talented LA-based designer George Esquivel, to bring you a brand new collection inspired by The Beverly Hills Hotel’s iconic banana leaf design.

Designer banana Leaf duffle bag

What do you like about the banana leaf pattern?

The banana leaf print is so recognisable, I see it as a true icon and feel honoured that I’ve been allowed to play around with the print and rework it for this exciting new collaboration.

How did you become a designer?

I’ve been into fashion for as long as I can remember. I knew from a young age that I wanted to design things and hone the skills of a craftsman. I became obsessed by bag and shoes so it was a natural progression for me to specialise in these areas and I haven’t looked back.

Designer hand bag collaboration George Esquivel
Headshot celebrated designer George Esquivel

What’s your first fashion memory?

I vividly remember that in 1983 and I was earning $1 an hour mowing lawns for a neighbour. I saved up my wages and bought a pair of burgundy Chuck Taylor High Tops, which cost me $20. I really loved those shoes.

How do you feel about this latest collaboration?

I’ve work with many high-profile brands but this feels more about the experience. I really appreciate how guests come to the hotel for a unique experience, which leads to great memories. I like the idea that the bags I’ve created will help to trigger all those wonderful memories. The bags will also accompany their owners on other cool adventures, which will create lasting memories for them too. It feels a very special thing to be a part of.

Collection of banana leaf bags by George Esquivel
View inside House of Esquivel atelier in DTLA

What can you tell us about your new atelier in Los Angeles?

I love our new home. We opened the atelier and workshop, known as ‘Esquivel House’, at the beginning of 2020. It’s been a dream in the making for the past eight years so I couldn’t be more thrilled.  We’ve had such a wonderful response from customers and I can’t wait to have a proper launch and ‘house-warming’ party when everyone can gather together again safely.

Tell us about your approach to craftsmanship

It’s always good to hear when customers tell us that they are drawn to us by our one-of-a-kind craftsmanship and beautifully hand-cut shoes. I find it really reassuring that the quality of everything we do is really appreciated. This also leads to lots of one-off requests, which are a real joy to work on. I love it when other people’s creativity and ideas inspire my own, and together we and create something really extraordinary.

George Esquivel poses with Beverly Hills Hotel inspired bags

To see George Esquivel’s beautiful new banana leaf bags and other gorgeous gift ideas, take a look at our Gifts and Experiences shop.

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