Deborah Carré runs the bespoke shoemaking business Carréducker, along with her business partner and fellow shoe maker James Ducker. They create hand sewn, bespoke shoes for private clients worldwide and deliver a bespoke shoe making service to customers at Gieves & Hawkes, No.1 Savile Row, London – the perfect complement to bespoke tailoring.
Carréducker’s studios are in Central London - at Cockpit Arts in Bloomsbury and in the Cutting Room at No.1 Savile Row - where they make shoes at their traditional workbenches and meet their customers. They also run intensive shoemaking courses and evening classes for enthusiasts keen to learn the centuries-old craft of handsewn shoemaking and master classes for established shoemakers. To date, over 100 students have taken Carréducker’s courses, many continuing to make as a hobby and some going on to become shoemakers in their own right.
Without QEST Deborah would not have been able to pursue her passion for shoemaking or to create Carréducker; this young British shoe company celebrates a decade in business in 2015. QEST’s scholarship was the tipping point in her career, from “Marketeer” to “Maker”. Together with James, she has built Carréducker into a business that sees client numbers grow year on year; that is sending out shoemaking ambassadors into the world; that is training new makers; that supports specialist, British suppliers; and that makes their craft relevant to a modern world by collaborating and consulting with manufacturers and designers at a global level.
To further champion their skills, Deborah & James participate in select shows and exhibitions throughout the UK and in the USA. As part of Walpole UK’s Crafted programme they have demonstrated their craft to the public at Vicheron Constantin Masters of Craft exhibitions at Somerset House and the Royal Academy. Deborah received a Balvenie Master Craftsman of the Year Award; Deborah & James have spoken about their business and craft at the Victoria & Albert Museum (for the Heritage Craft Association) and at the GREAT Festival in Istanbul; they exhibited at the British Business Embassy during the Olympics; and also with QEST at the Coronation Festival at Buckingham Palace and Concours of Elegance at Hampton Court Palace. For the future, Carréducker will continue to maintain and grow the business – continuing to make beautiful shoes for private individuals; sharing their passion for their craft with enthusiasts; and collaborating with like-minded businesses in Britain and overseas.