Carréducker was founded by bespoke shoe makers James Ducker and Deborah Carré.
They met as handsewn shoe making apprentices, training with master shoe maker Paul Wilson. It was a second career for both of them. Deborah swapped marketing for making when she won a coveted Queen Elizabeth Trust Scholarship (QEST). (She first fell in love with handsewn shoemaking working with Tricker’s of Northampton on her degree collection).
James was teaching business English in Spain, when one of his students revealed their father was a master shoemaker. So, James’ shoe making journey began. He trained at the Shoemakers Guild School, Barcelona before returning to London to become an apprentice shoemaker at John Lobb, St. James.
Their paths continued in parallel for some time. Deborah set up her own small 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 as Carréducker in December 2004.