Happy Birthday December 2004 - 2019

Recognise anyone?

IT'S OUR BIRTHDAY!

Welcome back good shoe folk and, ignoring all the political stuff going on here in the UK, this week is important for another reason - 15 years ago James and I founded Carreducker! We can't believe it either! From sole traders to a Limited Liability Partnership and now Limited Company here we are 15 years on and still going strong.

So forgive us as we take a nostalgic look back through the years...

From the early days 

Atelier Carre




Atelier Carre customer boots

working together, our design aesthetic has evolved...



becoming more focused and and considered

We set up our own Bespoke Club and launched with a party or two, generously co-hosted by Alma Leathers and Gentlemen's Tonic







and have since dipped our toe into retail


Wolf & Badger
and Susannah Hall Tailors





The 'face' of Carreducker has matured and grown more hursuit







We've had a wonderful home at Cockpit Arts first in a shared studio with jewellery alchemist Angie Boothroyd, wind instrument maker and repairer Richard Mattingly and jewellery designer  Ute Decker... 




...and then on our own in W9


and now we've flown the nest to Chocolate Studios in Shoreditch

50 Chocolate Studios opening party

  We found a second home at Gieves & Hawkes



For three years in the priceless 'goldfish bowl'

...our shop-in-shop where customers could watch shoes being made
then downstairs amongst the skilled team of the cutting room
and more recently at James Purdey & Son


and now at our own bespoke showroom at 50


We've held events everywhere from Paradise...




and the Griffin Gallery to the MPH Show and Goodwood Revival with Eloise Gray


as well as trunk shows to Chicago and New York






 We've exhibited as part of the Craft Council's Added Value exhibition


at Origin
Added Value
at Makers of the Exceptional at the Royal Academy   





London Craft Week at Somerset House, Gieves & Hawkes, Purdey and the Leathersellers



and now as part of the permanent exhibition at the Design Museum London

Design Museum opening night

Design Museum party

Part of our exhibit

We've partied and demonstrated shoemaking 


at Buckingham Palace

the Make More Festival

at No.10 as part of London Craft Week

and are very proud to have received 

the Balvenie Masters of Craft Award

the Heritage Craft Association Marsh Made in Britain Aaward 

and the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust Award for Excellence


We've had a lot of laughter, occasional tears, and our ups and downs but that's part and parcel of running a business. 



We're privileged to have met and worked with so many wonderful people along the way, to be part of an amazing international community of craftsmen and to be practising a trade that still excites both of us as much as it did when we first began.

We'd like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us, advised us, championed us, worked with us and come to learn alongside us...we hope you'll come on the journey for the next 10 years. 

Until next week, happy shoemaking!



To 'Flossie'

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