Hayley Hanson makes beautiful things out of leather from her artisan workshop and tannery on her farm in the Brecon Beacons.
The business was set up in 2011, after Hayley struggled to find anywhere in the UK that could tan the hide of one of her pedigree cattle. She discovered there was a real gap in the market for a company selling hides from British cattle, and the idea for her business was born. Hayley established her own micro-tannery and began to experiment with ideas for leatherwork products.
The company now sells a growing range of artisan products made with British leather and hide, including rugs, bags, belts, jewellery and other accessories. Each item is individually handcrafted using traditional techniques, with an added pinch of very modern style. Many items can be customised or made to order.
Hayley Hanson products are made from hides from the farm’s own herd of pedigree British Blue cattle and those from local farms in mid-Wales and Herefordshire. This means the company can guarantee the highest standards of animal welfare and know exactly where all their hides have come from.
‘We own a pedigree and commercial herd of cattle and raise the heifers and steers not destined to join the herd for beef. All our leather and hide is a by-product of the beef industry.
‘As with all farms in the UK, we adhere to the highest standards of animal welfare. Our cattle have happy lives grazing on lush Welsh pasture, with occasional treats like pumpkin.’