Deborah Carré studied fashion design & marketing at university but was always drawn to shoemaking. Her degree show collection featured 4 handsewn boots. She worked in marketing but continued to learn shoemaking at evening classes, finally undertaking a QEST (Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust) apprenticeship under the guidance of master shoemaker Paul Wilson (a maker for John Lobb & GJ Cleverly) – which was where she met James.

James Ducker had been teaching English in Spain where the family of one of his students were shoemakers. He spent time with them learning the craft, and on returning to England, succeeded in being apprenticed to Paul Wilson at John Lobb’s.

Deborah and James formed a partnership (carréducker), creating bespoke handmade shoes from their workshop in Cockpit Arts, London. More recently they have worked with bespoke men’s tailors Gieves & Hawkes who offered them additional workshop space in their redesigned men’s clothing ‘emporium’ at No 1 Savile Row, London. Carréducker have created a series of 5 designs for them, based on Gieves & Hawkes military archive of footwear.