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James Ducker and Deborah Carré

Carréducker was founded by master Cordwainers (shoe makers) James Ducker and Deborah Carré.

They first met as apprentices; Deborah was a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) scholar and James a Lobb St. James apprentice before going their separate ways after four years' training. Deborah set up her own business, Atelier Carré, and was a visiting lecturer in Accessories Design & Marketing at University of the Arts, whilst James became a fully-fledged shoemaker for John Lobb and taught handsewn shoe making at Cordwainers College.

They joined forces in 2004. Today, the craft of handsewn shoe making remains at Carréducker’s heart whether it’s the handsewn bespoke shoes Deborah & James make for their customers; the tools and materials they sell to shoemakers around the world; the made-to-order footwear they make with artisanal, British manufacturers; or the training they offer aspiring shoemakers and enthusiasts at their Shoe & Leather School.

 

Photo credit: 
Kathrin McCrea