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Drapers 30 Under 30 2020: Adele Williamson, bespoke shoemaker, Tricker’s

Age: 29

Adele Williamson is the first female bespoke shoemaker at Tricker’s in the company’s 190-year history. Unchanged in almost two centuries, the intricacy of the process means it takes between nine to 12 months to make a single pair. She now creates the majority of the brand’s bespoke orders.

Williamson started at Tricker’s as an intern in 2015, after graduating from De Montfort University with a degree in footwear design. In 2016, she received a grant from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust to help further her skills, and was nominated as one of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers top 15 young footwear designers in the UK.

Williamson has also travelled the world showing off her skills, representing Tricker’s at Florence menswear trade show Pitti Uomo earlier last year and touring the brand’s stores around the world.

A particular career highlight for Williamson came in 2019 when she met the Prince of Wales during his visit to Tricker’s Northamptonshire factory in January. She was later commissioned to make a bespoke pair of opera pumps for the royal visitor. This included taking two trips to take his measurements and perform a fitting, one at Clarence House and one at Highgrove House.

“This is a remarkable experience and one I am extremely proud of to have achieved so early on in my career,” Williamson says.

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