ABOUT / History
Long before the wine industry took prominence, the city of Napa, CA had a sizable leather industry that began on the banks of the Napa River in 1869. It was at that time that Sawyer of Napa was founded to process the abundance of raw material; i.e., sheep and cattle hides that the area provided. Soon, another tannery, Calnap Tanning Company was constructed to meet an ever-growing demand for leather on the West Coast. In its heyday, Napa employed hundreds of people involved in footwear, garments, personal leather goods, and glove making. In fact, our sister company, Napa Glove & Safety, Inc. (founded 1888), was one of the first of five customers for the tanneries. So steeped in tradition is The Hide House, that the term "Nappa" leather is derived from our history of producing fine leathers and garments in Napa.
The Hide House was set up to act as a "factory outlet" for the two tanneries some thirty years ago. Ceasing operation in the 1990's, the tanneries no longer exist; however, The Hide House carries on the tradition by sourcing and importing leathers from around the world. Domestically, we do an abundance of "Contract Tanning" of various leathers including cowhide, deerskin, elkskin and bison.
Today, The Hide House offers one of the world's finest selections of leathers - stocking over 3,000 types of leathers with a consistency and a quality you can count on! No customer is too small or too large for us to help. For those looking for one-stop shopping for all your leather needs, please search through our website. You will be amazed at what we have to offer! Some of the industries that we cater to include aircraft, chap, footwear, garment, handbag & personal leather goods, interior design, motorcycle, orthopedic, saddlery, upholstery and fetish. For both existing and potential customers, thank you for the opportunity to serve you! Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to help. Please remember "LEATHER IS BETTER!" Sample our vintage leathers from the Napa Valley!
Rest assured, we will do our absolute best to provide you with a satisfactory buying experience, whether it's one time or a lifetime!
Rob Deits, President/CEO