Marsh ‘Made in Britain’ Award

This is a new Award which is run in partnership with the Heritage Crafts Association and recognises individual craftspeople and small manufacturers who are making great quality British products, using locally sourced materials and traditional British crafts.

The winner could be an individual heritage craftsperson, a small company or a specialist manufacturer and there must be significant hand-skilled work involved in the making of the craft. By recognising such people, the Award celebrates all that is best about our living heritage as shown in craft.

The Heritage Crafts Association is the advocacy body for traditional heritage crafts. Working in partnership with Government and key agencies, it provides a focus for craftspeople, groups, societies and guilds, as well as individuals who care about the loss of traditional crafts skills, and works towards a healthy and sustainable framework for the future.

Pictured above: the hat-making workroom of 2014 Award winner, Yvette Jelfs

The 2016 winner is Carreducker London Limited

Carreducker was founded in 2004, making bespoke shoes and boots exclusively for private customers. They source materials from British tanneries and suppliers in Northampton, Devon, Walsall, Wales, Bristol and London. Over the years, the business has grown to include Carreducker Bespoke, Carreducker London, the Carreducker School (where students from around the world are trained) and the Carreducker Tool Shed (where tools and materials are sold to customers worldwide).

They are trained in traditional ‘West End’ hand sewn shoe making, but have a distinct design-lead approach and have been included in the new ‘Designer Maker User’ permanent exhibition at the Design Museum in Kensington.

Carreducker’s vision is to reignite the British shoe industry by working with specialist, artisanal manufacturers that specialise in specific construction methods to produce high-quality, ready-to-wear shoes, made by hand with technical machinery. They hope to grow the business into a leading, international men’s footwear brand and for the Carreducker School to become THE shoemaking training school.

Pictured - TOP: Skiving a stiffener from belly leather (Photo by Jonathan Stewart for Red Photography) BOTTOM: Barkan Desert boots made in Suffolk by traditional means


Heritage Craft Association
HCA Administrator
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