James Ducker and Deborah Carré are two of a kind. Their work speaks of passion, honesty, dedication and commitment to sustainability – an approach that is rapidly changing the face of luxury

As specialist handsewn shoemakers James and Deborah design and make custom-made men’s footwear for private customers around the world. This year, they are breaking into the ready-to-wear market with a series of British-made shoes under the Carreducker London label. As guardians of the trade, they also run popular shoemaking and shoe pattern-making courses in London and New York. Their classes at Cockpit Arts, a creative studio hub that just celebrated its 30th anniversary, have been a major inspiration for aspiring shoemakers from as far afield as Australia, India, Singapore, the USA and Chile. 

We caught up with one the founders for an inside look at what they have been working on.  


Sublime: How did your love of designing and making shoes begin?  

James Ducker: I started learning shoemaking in 1992 in Barcelona and then, when I moved back to London, I got an apprenticeship with John Lobb in St. James’s Street. Deborah also did an apprenticeship, but it was funded by QEST (The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust). We met while training with the same master shoemaker.  

S: How did this evolve into co-founding a company together? 

JD: We kept in touch after our apprenticeships, both doing our own thing for a few years. Then in 2004, we decided to found CarréDucker. We felt that the challenge of running our own business was exciting and that there was room for a newcomer to find a niche in the market. We design a more modern shoe, focusing on colour, texture, proportion and line. Customers come to us to have something distinctive created for them and for our expert advice. 

S: Were there any other designers or companies that you met along the way, who became an inspiration to you?  
JD: All of the heritage... Read More:http://sublimemagazine.com/design/a-perfect-pair

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