Carréducker: Leathercraft and Shoe Design Workshops

Partner Programme

17 — 18, 20 — 21 Sept 2022

Craft, Multi-Disciplinary Design, Fashion & Textiles, Materials


Unit 1.20, First Floor Courtyard

Oxo Tower Wharf



James Ducker and Deborah Carré of bespoke shoemakers Carréducker, run the UK’s only handsewn shoemaking & leather school at Oxo Tower Wharf. They have designed a packed schedule of workshops to coincide with this year’s London Design Festival 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. Carréducker are delighted to offer a special discount for LDF classes, bookable at