Áine Hanson is an Irish born accessory designer and founder of Hanson of London in Shoreditch. From an early age she was inspired by her mother’s sewing machine, vintage patterns and thrift stores. Hanson studied Fashion Design at the Limerick College of Art and Design. Here she began to work with leather and created a degree collection heavily influenced by saddlery. After moving to London she worked designing leather collections for a number of large British fashion labels. In May 2012 she launched Hanson of London, aiming to combine the traditional techniques and values of the craftspeople she grew up around in Ireland with a more colourful and modern London-style. Believing strongly in the personal connection between craftsperson and customer, each piece is entirely handmade and highly personalised with materials meticulously sourced from local UK tanneries.
“I completely felt at home here, I absolutely loved it. It goes back to the people that live here, it seems full of possibilities.”
Shoreditch is an area in London’s East End. From as early as Tudor times Shoreditch was considered a center of entertainment and was the home of London’s first playhouses. In the Victorian era in particular it was thought to rival the West-End with a large array of music halls and theatres. By the 19th century however the area declined, and Shoreditch was a byword for crime prostitution and poverty. Since the mid 1990’s Shoreditch has become a very popular and fashionable part of London, with a buzzing nightlife, underground warehouse scene and many independent stores. This was followed by the emergence of ‘Silicon Roundabout’ on Old Street, bringing tech companies and even more creatives into the area. Despite the surrounding areas of Hackney and Dalston taking the ‘trendy’ title in recent years it remains one of the most vibrant, creative and interesting places in London.