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Behind the Scenes: The Carréducker Shoe & Leather School

Exhibition and Open Studio, 11 May 11:00 – 18:00

Booking Details

Booking not necessary, free
Carréducker
50 Chocolate Studios
7 Shepherdess Place
London
N1 7LJ

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020 7813 0093
Venue Information & Facilities:

50 Chocolate Studios is not wheelchair accessible; access is down five external steps and up one doorstep.

Master shoemakers Carréducker host a week-long programme of events. On Saturday visit the Shoe and Leather School based in Choclate Studios to see behind-the-scenes of shoemaking and an exhibition of students’ work. Workshops and talks also talk place throughout the week.

Master shoemakers Carréducker make bespoke shoes using centuries-old handsewn techniques, perfected over generations, with a distinct, contemporary aesthetic. Their work can be seen in the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum, London.

Founders James Ducker and Deborah Carré have 15 years’ experience teaching shoemaking and nearly 40 years’ shoemaking experience between them. Based at Cockpit Arts in historic Clerkenwell and Chocolate Studios in Shoreditch, they deliver the bespoke shoemaking service at Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row and James Purdey & Son, South Audley Street.

They have shown at Crafted: Makers of the Exceptional and Craft Council’s Added Value and received the Balvenie Masters of Craft: Leather Award 2011, the Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain’ Award 2017 and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award for Excellence in 2018.

They opened the Shoe & Leather School last summer, keen for others to enjoy the benefits and satisfaction of working with their hands, and now offer a host of shoemaking, pattern-making and saddle-stitch classes.

Please visit the website for details of all Carréducker events.

50 Chocolate Studios is not wheelchair accessible; access is down five external steps and up one doorstep.

Photo credit: 
Alun Callender

Makers & Partners involved

Carréducker