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Friday, 24 September 2010

Origin, The London Craft Fair

Set up Wednesday; opening day with the Other One Thursday; and my first day today. I am pooped but happy. We were slightly concerned about the new venue, but the crowds were big; the stands great; and sales good. The only downside was laughing boy here only taking a T-shirt on the day the winter started. Old Spitalfields is essentially an outdoor venue with a roof, so the icy north wind was a little testing. Live and learn though, tomorrow will see me more suitably clad. Many thanks go to the fellow exhibitors who lent me scarf, hat and gloves - lovely bunch, craftsmen.

Our stand looks lovely and we have received plenty of positive comments. Met press, buyers, some old clients and many new ones. I think it is going to be a good week.

This does mean that this week I have not been making shoes, so there will be a little break from the usual format. Shanks next week!

So, until then, happy shoemaking.

Thursday, 23 September 2010

A whitewash and Origin!

This is the answer for anyone at Origin today wondering why The Other Ones hands look more like a decorators than a shoemakers ! A word of advice to Polycell - the handles on your tubs of paint need to be MUCH MUCH stronger.

But back to Origin which has queues around the block and which is buzzing with visitors in its new home at old Spitalfields market, E1

carreducker is at D23 so come to say 'hi' if you are passing by and don't forget to tell your City friends about the show. We are showing our bespoke; new Winker resort shoes in Harris tweeds; and a new Winkers collaboration in an Ikat fabric by textile designer and colour specialist Ptolemy Mann.

Origin is a mere 100 yards from Liverpool street and this is now one of the coolest areas to hang out in London if you are planning a night out...great food, bars and entertainment. The show is open until 9 tonight and then 10am to 6pm every day until next wednesday.

A refreshing break from the paint clear up and lovely to see familiar faces and to meet carreducker shoe fans old and new.

It is also a great opportunity to launch our new website at - go take a look and tell us what you think.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

Goodwood day 3

A great buzz today. Goodwood is full of people keen to buy British - whether it is because of the eras being revived or something more 21st century - the economy - who knows. But it is great to hear a preference being voiced for British and for investment pieces...and it is obviously something we are very proud to claim.

...but on a less serious note, here are the mrs mopps giving the rocking horse chaps next door a good spring clean!