Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 27th, 2014

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Happy Thanksgiving to everyone in The Hog Ring community! Those of us in the auto upholstery industry work hard year round with rarely any breaks. What better way to celebrate all that we’ve accomplished than with a big hearty meal surrounded by the people we love?

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How to Tan Quality Leather and Avoid Bad Leather

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 26th, 2014

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In July, we wrote about the darker side of leather tanneries — examining how some of the low-quality producers of hides ignore their responsibilities to shield employees and the environment from danger. Today, with the help of our friends at Saddleback Leather Co., we’d like to show you how high-quality leather tanneries operate.

In the following video, Dave Munson, CEO of Saddleback Leather, takes us behind the scenes at a first-rate tannery in Mexico to show us what exactly goes into producing superior hides.

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The Ultimate Car Seat Suspension System

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 25th, 2014

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We’ve reported on “smart” car seats before — ones that can detect heart attacks, warn drivers of dangerous driving conditions, and even read butt prints to automatically dial in preferred vehicle settings.

Now, Naval researchers are developing a vehicle seat suspension system that can help protect Marines riding in tanks and helicopters from the impact of explosions.

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Photo: 1971 Fiat Shellette Wicker Interior

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 24th, 2014

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In 1971, renown Italian sports car designer Giovanni Michelotti collaborated with yacht builder Philip Schell to redesign a Fiat 850 to serve as a beach car — which they aptly named the Shellette.

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Find Out What’s New at Electron Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 22nd, 2014

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For Electron Top’s latest news and promotions, check out the November issue of “Keep in Touch!” — their monthly newsletter, which you can download for free here on The Hog Ring.

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TMI Products Goes ‘Custom’ at SEMA 2014

Published by Naseem Muaddi on November 20th, 2014

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TMI Products, a leading manufacturer of automotive interior components, stepped up its range of custom-looking products at this month’s 2014 SEMA Show.

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Design Studio: Two-Up Motorcycle Seat

Published by Naseem Muaddi on November 19th, 2014

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Designing and upholstering custom motorcycle seats can be a lot of fun, especially when customers give you creative license to try new and bold ideas. Because the possibilities are endless, it’s important to sketch out your ideas on paper before making a single stitch. To help you do just that, we’ve added our first illustration of a motorcycle seat to The Hog Ring Design Studio.

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Behind the Scenes at Albright’s Supply

Published by Naseem Muaddi on November 18th, 2014

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In October, The Hog Ring took a trip to Corinth, Mississippi, to attend the Albright’s Supply “Open House” event — which featured great food, door prizes, closeout deals and unbeatable savings on everything in stock.

While there, Chip and Chris Albright took us on a tour of their giant warehouse and even demonstrated some of the machines they use to efficiently process customers’ orders. The following videos offer a behind-the-scenes look at their impressive operation.

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NSV Seat Covers: The Worst Product at SEMA?

Published by Naseem Muaddi on November 17th, 2014

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Thousands of automotive aftermarket manufacturers displayed their latest products earlier this month at the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. While most exhibitors showed off new, innovative and impressive designs, there were a few that left me wondering: “What the hell are they thinking?”

One of those companies, Dubai-based NSV, was promoting a protective vehicle seat cover that ironically ruins the upholstery it’s meant to safeguard.

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Photo: Carlex Design Zetros Steering Wheel

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on November 14th, 2014

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The 2015 Mercedes-Benz Zetros Desert Edition is a big, brutal six-wheel-drive cargo truck that militaries use to transport equipment — but that doesn’t mean it can’t be luxurious too. Polish automotive trim shop Carlex Design recently got its hands on a Zetros, and wasted no time in wrapping its cabin in hand-laced distressed leather.

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