Today we welcome Archie Hewlett, CEO and founder of the London footwear label, Duke + Dexter. Launched in 2014, aged just 19, Duke + Dexter has since become the brand of choice for the great and good of global showbusiness – including Ryan Reynolds, Rihanna, Justin Timberlake, Snoop Dogg and David Beckham – after Eddie Redmayne sported his own pair when collecting his Academy Award for Best Actor in 2015. Designed in London and handmade in Sheffield, this is a story of Great British design, innovation and entrepreneurship. And with an ethical ethos powered by sustainability, it is one that is only set to grow in a more purpose-driven global economy.
Duke + Dexter challenges expectations of what a British shoe brand can and should be – striking a balance between progressive style and familiar British charm. Since 2014, D+D has expanded from its London roots into a global community; working with athletes, musicians, artists, designers, photographers and pioneers who do things differently, who go against the grain. D+D has received international recognition, selling to over 120 countries worldwide and working with reputable international retailers including Harrods, Selfridges, The KaDeWe Group, Levels and Tsum. A truly British enterprise, each pair of Duke & Dexter shoes is designed in London and handmade in our family-run Sheffield workshop. Over 80 years old, the factory prides itself on combining deep-rooted skills with precision and care to ensure all products are crafted to the highest standard.