About Hawtan Leathers; Custom Leather & Naked Leather
History of Hawtan Leathers Supplier
Based in Newburyport, Massachusetts, Hawtan Leathers has been a leather manufacturer and leather distributor for over 70 years. In addition to offering fine custom leather and naked leather products, Hawtan operates one of the largest tanneries in the Caribbean under the name Cuirs Hawtan, S.A.
Cuirs Hawtan S.A. tans Caribbean and U.S. goatskin, hairsheep, cowhide, calfskin, deerskin, vegetable tan leather chrome-free leather, splits and wet blue hides and skins primarily for use as industrial glove leather, garment leather, sole leather, handbags, wallets, shoes, sandals and other leather accessories. Our tannery, situated on five acres along the ocean in a suburb southwest of Port Au Prince, Haiti, has the capacity to tan 700,000 square feet of custom leather and naked leather monthly, which is sent to our warehouse in Newburyport where it is re-sorted and shipped to glove and garment leather manufacturers in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia.
The majority of our hides and skins are purchased through a vast system of collectors and suppliers throughout Haiti and the Caribbean. Our customers buy leather with confidence in the quality, dexterity and consistency of our product, which is offered in a variety of colors and textures.
Hawtan Leather’s predecessor company, Hoyt & Worthen Tanning Corporation, was founded after WWI by Aaron Hoyt, a New England industrialist from Haverhill, Massachusetts. His son, Chuck, later moved the tanning operations from Haverhill, to Haiti in 1970. He changed the name to Hawtan (HoytAndWorthenTANning) Leathers and hired Egon Kneivel from the Goldsmith Leather Company to run and co-own the operations. The merchandising and administrative offices remained in Haverhill, along with a 6000 square foot warehouse until 2003, when Dan Gallagher purchased Hawtan Leathers and Cuirs Hawtan (Haitian operation) from Chuck and Egon and moved the head offices and warehouse to Newburyport, Massachusetts. Dan Gallagher is the third generation of Gallagher’s in the leather distributor business, with experience in trading, tanning and finishing and has continued Hawtan’s tradition of tanning high quality leather at affordable prices.