Bespoke Shoemaking with Carréducker and Leather Stamping with Bill Manley at Purdey
Carréducker demonstrate their methods of bespoke shoemaking using tweed, leather and canvas. Alongside this, Bill Manley reveals the techniques behind leather hand stamping. On this day only, there is complimentary embossing on leather products purchased from Purdey, so bring yours in or buy something in store.
Since 1814, James Purdey & Sons has been perfecting the art of the ‘Best’ London gun, making the finest quality shotguns, rifles and shooting equipment. When a customer orders a handcrafted Purdey gun, they are joining a tradition of gunmaking excellence that spans over two centuries. The attention to detail and craftsmanship of this iconic British company is also reflected in their range of clothing and accessories that complement the lifestyle of any passionate shooter.
The word ‘craftsmanship’ epitomises everything about Purdey. Every ‘Best’ gun and rifle Purdey makes is entirely bespoke from beginning to end. These working pieces of art take up to two years to build, with the engraving alone accounting for approximately 150 hours of handcrafting. Craftsmen are apprenticed for five years in making a specific aspect of the gun before becoming a certified gunmaker, which shows how specialised the discipline is and how important craftsmanship is for Purdey and its customers.
When coming in to Audley House, Purdey’s home since 1882, customers are greeted with a range of guns, clothing and accessories that cater for the full shooting weekend. Whether travelling to the countryside with your elegant, hand-tanned leather luggage, purchasing a bespoke Purdey gun or shopping for that authentic, practical and quintessentially English style, Purdey caters for it all.