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Leffot, is hosting the very first New York Trunk Show for London bespoke shoemakers, carréducker, on Saturday 9 May from 12-6 p.m.

The Carré and Ducker of carréducker – Deborah and James respectively – have an excellent shoemaking pedigree and an expertise and passion for their craft that is unsurpassed. Originally apprenticed to a master shoemaker for John Lobb Ltd., London, for the past ten years they have honed their skills and craftsmanship serving a coterie of private clients from Australia to LA. Self-confessed guardians of the handsewn shoemaking trade, the duo are also bringing their prestigious shoemaking school to New York – a rare opportunity where, over three weeks – with blood, sweat and tears – students hand craft a pair of shoes.
Like many successful design teams, carréducker perfectly complement one another. Deborah has a design and marketing background – she is a QEST* scholar with a first class Hons degree in fashion design and is a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London – and James has honed his expertise and craftsmanship in Barcelona and as a maker for John Lobb Ltd. It is this unique combination which, according to their customers, delivers an unparalleled attention to detail and gives their shoes a unique style; blending artisan skills with design expertise.

The carréducker Trunk Show is an exciting event for New York shoe connoisseurs, as Leffot owner, Steven Taffel explains, “This trunk show will not only give our customers a taste of an exciting new talent, but with shoemaking master classes being held throughout the day, an insight into the rarefied world of the craftsmen responsible for the shoes that they are so passionate about.”

“This event fits so well with our ethos. We believe that men are just as passionate about their shoes as women, but for them it is not just the fit and look of a pair of shoes, but the very creation of them that sets their hearts pounding. That’s why we carry only shoemaker brands, rather than designer brands, to offer West Village men an eclectic mix of the very best luxury men’s shoes around right on their doorstep.”


Steven Taffel, Leffot, 10 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 Tel: 212 989 4577 email:

Deborah & James, carréducker, London Tel: (00 44 (0)20 7813 0093

Editor’s notes:
* QEST – The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) in London, England was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It makes awards ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 to British craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

carréducker design shoes for discerning, style-savvy gentlemen – bespoke by appointment, bespoke essentials, limited edition and Winkers slippers – as well as a selection of exquisite accessories. They are based in Bloomsbury, London, England.