We are proud to partner London Craft Week this year and have an exciting week of activities planned. Here’s what we’ve got going on…

WEDNESDAY 8 May

Cordwaining Live! Savile Row

 

We’ll be shoe making live in Gieves & Hawkes’ window overlooking Vigo Street; come by to capture us in action and please pop in to ask any shoe-related questions you may have. 

Event: Demonstration

Times: 12 – 2pm and 5 – 7pm

Venue: Gieves & Hawkes, 1 Savile Row (Vigo Street), London W1S 3JR

FREE

THURSDAY 9 May

Experts in Conversation: “Stepping into the unknown”

James Kearns LCW19

This is a rare opportunity to hear from James Kearns, one of the pioneers of avant-garde fashion in the UK. James tells how he was caught up in the avant-garde movement, what brought him from Devon to London and how his inventive techniques and treatments have translated into some of the most coveted, limited-edition leather footwear of the 21st century.

Kearns is a self-taught artisan melding tradition and innovation, working with high quality, hard-to-source leathers and “mistreating it” to create short production runs of truly unique sneakers and boots.

Event: Talk

Time: 10 – 12 noon (2 hours) 

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

Fee: £10 

Capacity: 20 people

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Introduction to Glove Making – Archery Glove Workshop

Riina O glove making

Join luxury glove maker Riina O to make a two-fingered, soft leather archery-inspired glove. 

glove making

During the workshop you will

  • Be introduced to the luxurious exclusivity of bespoke and made to measure gloves
  • Be introduced to glove making
  • Measure your hand size
  • Draw and cut the pattern from leather
  • Hand stitch the gussets and sides of one two-fingered glove

This is the perfect introduction to this traditional hand-stitch craft which dates back to the middle ages. Only a few skilled professionals around the world, like Riina, continue to make gloves by hand in this way.

Event: Workshop

Time: 2 – 6pm (4 hours)

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

Fee: £89 

Capacity: 5 people

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Shoe Shine & Moon Shine Workshop

Shoe polish masterclass

Give your favourite leather shoes a professional service over a glass of whiskey, fizz or a virgin cocktail!

During the workshop you’ll learn some top shoecare tips including:

  • About different types of leather
  • How to clean your leather shoes
  • How to nourish them
  • Some quick fixes and the best products and materials to use
  • How to polish them
  • How to create glacage or a military shine

Event: Workshop

Time: 7 – 9pm (2 hours)

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

Fee: £35 

Capacity: 7 people

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FRIDAY 10 May

Cordwainers in Conversation: “What’s the point of bespoke?”

Cordwainers of London

Bespoke London cordwainers James Ducker of Carreducker, Dominic Casey, Felix Jouanneau, James Kearns and Sebastian Tarek shoot the shoe breeze with writer, author and founder of PermanentStyle.com, Simon Crompton.

Event: Online discussion and film

Time: 1pm Live stream on carreducker on Instagram; Film release date Thursday 17 May 2019

Film sponsored bycordwainers

Filmed at the Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1 7LJ

“New Cordwainers” exhibition

shoemaking student shoes

Private view: come visit our Shoe & Leather School on the Shoreditch, Hoxton, Islington borders and see the work of our students in the “New Cordwainers” exhibition; take a tour of the workshop; and find out more about the experiences, courses, classes and workshops that we offer.

Event: Exhibition

Time: 6 – 8pm 

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

FREE but space is limited, so please contact us to put your name on the guest list for the evening

Capacity: 50 people

Click here to go on the guest list

SATURDAY 11 May

Carreducker Shoe & Leather School Open Day

Carreducker Shoe & Leather School

Come visit our Shoe & Leather School on the Shoreditch, Hoxton, Islington borders and see the work of our students in the “New Cordwainers” exhibition; take a tour of the workshop; and find out more about the experiences, courses, classes and workshops that we offer.

Event: Exhibition, Open Studio

Time: 11am – 6pm 

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

FREE

Rise & Shine Shoe Shine Workshop

Shoe polish masterclass

Bring along your favourite pair of leather shoes and join us to give them a professional service over brunch and a sparkling soft drink or juice!

During the workshop you’ll learn some top shoe care tips including:

  • About different types of leather
  • How to clean your leather shoes
  • How to nourish them
  • Some quick fixes and the best products and materials to use
  • How to polish them
  • How to create glacage or a military shine

Event: Workshop organised by Yodomo Ltd., Future of Craft, OXO Tower Wharf

Time: 11.15am – 1.15pm (2 hours)

Venue: Yodomo Room, Room 6, The Bargehouse (The Future of Craft)

Barge House Street, London SE1 9PH

Fee: £43.23+ 

Capacity: 10 people

Book here

“Cordwaining Live” Mayfair

shoemaking demonstration

We’ll be shoe making live on the shop floor at Purdeys; come by to capture us in action and please pop in to ask any shoe-related questions you may have. 

Event: Demonstration

Time: 3 – 5pm

Venue: James Purdey & Sons, Audley House, 58 South Audley Street, London W1K 2ED

FREE

SUNDAY 12 May

Introduction to Leatherwork – Bespoke Dog Collar Workshop

Arthur the Seayham

Join craftsman Frances Pinnock, to create a beautiful, saddle-stitched collar for your BFF (best furry friend)!

The collars are made in beautiful natural veg. tanned Italian leather with a brass roller buckle, leather keeper and brass D-ring for the name tag.

You’ll have the chance to personalise your collar by stamping it with your dog’s name or initials or by creating a brogue punched hole pattern. 

Dog collarDuring the workshop you will:

  • Learn how to finish and decorate the edges
  • Hand stitch the buckle, leather keeper and D-ring in place
  • Mark and punch the holes for the buckle

 

Event: Workshop

Times: 10 -1pm; 2 – 5pm;  6 – 9pm (3 hours)

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

Fee: £45 – please note attendees must wear trousers

Capacity: 6 people per session

Click here to book

Introduction to Glove Making – Archery Glove Workshop

Riina O glove making

Join luxury glove maker Riina O to make a two-fingered, soft leather archery-inspired glove. 

glove making

During the workshop you will

  • Be introduced to the luxurious exclusivity of bespoke and made to measure gloves
  • Be introduced to glove making
  • Measure your hand size
  • Draw and cut the pattern from leather
  • Hand stitch the gussets and sides of one two-fingered glove

This is the perfect introduction to this traditional hand-stitch craft which dates back to the middle ages. Only a few skilled professionals around the world, like Riina, continue to make gloves by hand in this way.

Event: Workshop

Time: 2 – 6pm (4 hours)

Venue: Carreducker Shoe & Leather School, 50 Chocolate Studios, 7 Shepherdess Place, London N1

Fee: £89 

Capacity: 5 people

Click here to book

(Please note all workshop attendees must be 18+)

Find the Carreducker Shoe & Leather School here.

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We look forward seeing you for an amazing London Craft Week 2019!

Deborah & James