Hydes is a trade only supplier of original and authentic, 100% automotive leather, delivered from tanneries in Europe directly to upholsterers and custom car builders worldwide. Hydes is the only OEM leather supplier with a 1,000+ color collection of real OEM leathers, fabrics, and materials. We are on a mission to find you the perfect leather, whilst offering the highest quality, longevity and durability for your next restoration project.

Hydes Leather provides the finest automotive upholstery leather to those looking for extraordinary results. Since 2000, we have built a reputation for delivering quality and value to a discerning clientele. We pride ourselves on our creativity, quality, and customer service. Hydes’ goal is not to become the largest of leather suppliers, we strive instead to be the best automotive leather offering on the market.

We are a team of passionate car enthusiasts, ready to assist in your next build with our extensive expertise.

Meet the team

Aaron Laithwaite

Founder and CEO, Vancouver BC

Aaron Laithwaite, founder and CEO of Hydes hails from a small town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada. His adventurous side surfaced early with avid and competitive involvement in downhill ski racing and mountain biking. His love of cars was ever present, but at a young age it was only realized in his dreams.

Creating work around cars has been a life-long passion and the road has been winding. Aaron began in the leather industry in ’97 by co-founding a leather furniture wholesale operation. While learning the business, he began to develop an interest in customizing the designs of his products to meet the needs of his clients. The products were popular and the company grew quickly.

Wanting to have more creative input and control, he acquired an interest in a leather furniture manufacturing business. From that point on he assumed the roles of material sourcing and product design. Immersed in the leather supply sector he developed strong bonds with several tanneries around the world resulting in a deep and intimate understanding of his product and industry.

With his desire to be connected to the car industry still on the bucket list, he created a contract hides division for auto interiors as an off-shoot of the furniture manufacturing/wholesaling. Soon it began to grow into a sizable share of the company’s revenue. Eventually he separated the contract hides from the parent company, renamed it Hydes Leather and subsequently sold his interest in the furniture business and the joint-venture.

With all the focus firmly on Hydes, the company is booming. Aaron and the staff at Hydes love what they do. Creativity, passion, and dedication to the dreams of their clients keeps everyone working at full throttle.

Ben COoke

General Manager, Whistler BC

Like the rest of the Hydes Team, our GM Ben is a true car nut or "petrol head" as he calls it in his native England. With an extensive background in the sales and marketing world, working for 1-man start ups through to huge corporations like Monster Energy, Ben has a wealth of experience with all things customer service, sales and marketing.

As a car fan, Ben jumped at the opportunity to join the Hydes Leather team in 2022 and hasn't looked back. In his spare time, he runs his own marketing business and is a die hard skier, snowmobiler and mountain biker. When it comes to cars, Ben has a bit of an obsession with vintage and modern BMWs and classic British sports cars (Morgans in particular!).

Bion Dolman

Sales Director, Vancouver BC

Even as a kid, Bion has always been into cars and trucks and drew them from a young age; hot rods with big rear tires, drag race engines, side pipes shooting flames out and brightly coloured paint jobs. He loved them all as long as they were loud, fast and fun. So when he was hired as the Sales Manager at Hydes Leather and was told they were going to SEMA in the fall, he was ecstatic. Being able to sell the best leather in the industry to the builders and upholsterers he had seen in the too-numerous-to-count magazines that he had read over the decades was a dream come true. 

Even now, 4 years later and as the Director of Sales, Bion awakes each day, excited to go to work and talk to his clients about the current projects they are working on and how Hydes Leather can enhance their craftsmanship with the best materials on the market.

So let me ask you, "What project are you working on?"

Eoin Daniel

Business Development Executive, Whistler BC

Eoin (pronounced Owen) is originally from the charming streets of Dublin, Ireland, and now embracing the breathtaking mountain landscapes of Whistler, BC, Eoin brings over 6 years of invaluable expertise in Sales and Customer Success, honed across diverse B2B industries.

Despite his professional prowess, Eoin wears his automotive journey with a touch of nostalgia, proudly reminiscing about his first wheels—a trusty 2002 Nissan Micra. His passion and admiration for cars is deep-rooted in iconic TV shows and movies like Top Gear, The Italian Job, and the legendary James Bond series.

As a devoted member of our team, Eoin is thrilled to blend his love for cars with his extensive background, dedicated to guiding our cherished customers through their automotive upholstery endeavors with unparalleled care and expertise.

Eoin hopes his enthusiasm, knowledge, and commitment promise to elevate your experiences to new heights.

Sherri Candland

Social Media Manager, Holladay UTah

Born with a sparkle of chrome in her eyes and a passion for the roar of an engine, Sherri Candland swapped out dolls for diecasts and playgrounds for pit lanes from a young age. Brought into the world of racing and everything automotive by her father, she quickly learned that stock just wouldn't do and custom reigned supreme.

In her career, Sherri created the largest airbrush training program in North America and has represented many highly acclaimed custom builders in the industry. Her passion turned to marketing and securing large sponsorships for events and builders over the years.

She joined the Hydes team over 6 years ago as our Social Media Marketing Manager and keeps us relevant on those platforms daily.



Many leather companies will try to dazzle with “Green Guarantees” and other such marketing. These documents are redundant. All Italian tanneries must adhere to the strictest guidelines as prescribed by the European Union. South American regulations are working to catch up, but currently do not have a failsafe method for regulating their tanneries. Both our raw hides and finished goods are 100% European and therefore 100% regulated.

One of the most important points to consider when purchasing leather is that the material is a byproduct of the meat industry.  Animals are never harmed solely for the use of their skins.  The skins used to make Hydes' products would otherwise become landfill.

While leather tanning is a complicated process it uses far fewer chemicals than producing synthetic fabrics such as vinyl and fabric. Also, leather is a much more durable product than most, lasting far longer than fabric. This reduces replacement costs, as well as unnecessary waste from replacing worn upholstery.

During the tanning process, the dyes and other ingredients used are carefully measured for each production run, so that virtually 100% of these products are absorbed into the leather hides.

Whenever possible, natural products are used during the tanning process, including vegetable tannins and oils. Most of our leather finishes are made from water-based materials.

Remnant water generated by our tanneries is directed to special treatment facilities that return it to the environment as clean as rain water.

Leather does not require harsh cleaning agents. On the contrary, we recommend light dusting with a dry cloth, and only when necessary using a slightly damp cloth. *Please note that different leathers require different cleaning techniques. Please consult our leather care page for guidance. At Hydes, we believe that small initiatives can lead to big changes. We reduce, reuse, and recycle in every aspect of our work.

If you have any questions on our sustainability approach, please email info@hydesleather.com