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Joel Przybilla
Orange County shoemaker counts his star clients by the foot
Orange County shoemaker counts his star clients by the foot

There's magic afoot in Orange County that has nothing to do with a giant mouse or a legendary berry farm and everything to do with George Esquivel and his band of craftsmen who, for more than a decade, have been hand-cobbling high-end shoes for a who's who of the well-heeled, including rock stars, NBA players, politicians and Hollywood heavyweights of every stripe. In a nondescript building off I-5 in Buena Park, pieces of white leather destined to become booties for singer Janelle Monae are being meticulously hand-stitched at one table. A pair of very big shoes for Milwaukee Buck Joel Przybilla is slowly taking shape on a shelf, not far from pairs in progress for fellow NBA...

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