Queen Elizabeth Scholarship TrustQueen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST)

QEST plays a pivotal role in developing and maintaining excellence in British craftsmanship.

1997 QEST SCHOLAR 

In 1997, Deborah Carré was awarded a QEST Scholarship to train as a handsewn shoe maker. The scholarship changed her world from marketing to maker under the tuition and guidance of master shoemaker Paul Wilson.

“The QEST scholarship means everything to me, both the financial support it provided but also a belief in myself as a craftsman, giving me the confidence to pursue handsewn shoe making as a business.”

Today, Carréducker keeps the handsewn craft firmly at its heart in Carreducker’s versatile, showcase/workspace in London’s iconic Oxo Tower Wharf .

2018 QEST AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE

In 2018, Deborah received the QEST Award for Excellence at the Royal Warrant Holders Association Annual Luncheon in recognition of Carréducker’s ambition for the handsewn craft. For nearly 20 years,  she and business partner James Ducker, have inspired hundreds of handsewn shoemaking enthusiasts, enthused future generations of shoe makers and championed the craft to a global audience of bespoke customers.

2019 QEST TRUSTEE

In 2019, Deborah was appointed a QEST Trustee, one of the first alumni to sit on the Board.