Carréducker: Leathercraft and Shoe Design Workshops for London Design Festival

An image of Carreducker in their studio.

James Ducker and Deborah Carré of bespoke shoemakers Carréducker, run the UK’s only handsewn shoemaking & leather school at Oxo Tower Wharf on London’s Bankside.

They have designed a packed schedule of workshops to coincide with this year’s London Design Festival in September including a selection of leathercraft workshops and a shoe design class.

The leathercraft workshops – ranging from making a belt to a secateurs case - are designed for complete beginners and are an excellent introduction to the traditional British leathercraft technique of saddle stitch. All accessories are made in sustainably sourced veg. tanned leather from Italy and oak bark tanned leather from Devon, with the smaller leather accessories made from offcuts from their bespoke shoemaking to reduce waste.

The shoe design workshop is a new addition to the school schedule. It gives an introduction to shoe design: taping up a last; standard measurements; detailing and material considerations, and proportion and flow. At the end of the class, students can pay an additional fee to see their designs realised as a finished pair of shoes.

The class schedule for the Carréducker workshops is as follows:

Saturday 17 September            

11am – 1pm                    Belt making workshop               (rrp £105)             LDF £90

2.30pm – 5.30pm           Card Case Workshop                 (rrp £65)              LDF £55

Sunday 18 September              

2pm – 5pm                     Dog Collar Workshop                 (rrp £95)              LDF £80

Monday 19 September            

11am – 4pm                  Shoe Design Workshop              (rrp £150)            LDF £125

Tuesday 20 September            

11am – 1.30pm            Secateurs Holster Workshop       (rrp £85)              LDF £75

Wednesday 21 September       

11am – 1.30pm            Sunglasses Case Workshop       (rrp £75)              LDF £65

3.30pm – 6pm              Pen Case Workshop                   (rrp £65)              LDF £55

Classes are for a minimum of 2 people and a maximum of 6 people.


Carréducker is delighted to offer a special discount for LDF classes bookable at