DEBORAH CARRÉ FOUNDED BESPOKE SHOEMAKERS CARRÉDUCKER, ALONG WITH HER BUSINESS PARTNER AND FELLOW MASTER SHOE MAKER, JAMES DUCKER. TOGETHER THEY CREATE HAND SEWN, BESPOKE SHOES FOR PRIVATE CLIENTS WORLDWIDE AND DELIVER THE BESPOKE SHOE SERVICE AT GIEVES & HAWKES, NO.1 SAVILE ROW AND JAMES PURDEY & SONS, LONDON.
Carréducker’s workshop is in Shoreditch where they make handsewn shoes to commission, using only hand tools, and teach shoemaking to enthusiasts keen to learn this centuries-old craft. The teaching has grown from just one course a year to a packed calendar of classes and workshops in shoemaking, shoe care & polish, footwear pattern making and leatherwork; as well as masterclasses for shoemakers keen to enhance their expertise. As the importance of making on well-being becomes more widely recognised, so companies and professionals are being drawn to Carréducker's tailored experiences for corporate team building and continuous personal development. To date, over 150 students have taken Carréducker’s courses, many continuing to make as a hobby and some going on to become shoemakers themselves.
Without QEST, Deborah would not have been able to pursue her passion for shoemaking or to create Carréducker; this young British shoe company celebrates 15 years in business in 2020. 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; and that supports specialist, British suppliers and manufacturers. Today their work is part of the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum, London.
Deborah was appointed as a QEST Trustee in 2019 along with scholar Peter Ting - the first alumni to be invited to the board; she received the QEST Award for Excellence 2018 and the Balvenie Masters of Craft: Leather award in 2011; and Carréducker received the Marsh Heritage Crafts ‘Made in Britain Award’ in 2017.