The Upholstery and Trim International Convention

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 29th, 2014

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Are you an auto upholstery industry manufacturer, wholesaler or supplier interested in meeting and doing business with other companies like yours? Then attend next month’s ”Upholstery and Trim International Convention” in San Diego, California.

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Photo: Fat Lucky’s Custom Creeper

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 28th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Fat Luckys Custom Creeper

Every trimmer takes advantage of downtime to transform the mundane into something truly special. Sean Johnstun of Fat Lucky‘s is no different. Check out this shop creeper he tricked out in custom upholstery. Every hot rod shop needs one!

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Setting Up Your Shop for Maximum Productivity

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 27th, 2014

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Whether you’re opening a new auto upholstery shop or reorganizing your current one to maximize space, check out the latest “Interior Insights” article by Harry Weimann – director of education at WyoTech Blairsville and owner of Weimann’s Interiors – in the September issue of Performance & Hotrod Business magazine.

The piece, titled “Shop Dynamics: Setting up the trim shop for efficiency and profit,” gives a fantastic overview of everything you’ll need to know — from what tools to buy to where to place them in order to ensure productivity.

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Bugatti Debuts Car-Themed Clothing Line

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 26th, 2014

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If driving a Bugatti wasn’t pretentious enough, the super-luxury automaker just rolled out a clothing line manufactured from the same fabrics and materials it uses to trim its vehicle interiors.

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Aston Martin Reimagines the Diamond Pleat

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 25th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Aston Martin Rapid S Diamond Pleat

From its intricate Zagato Wave to Hour Glass Stitch, Aston Martin has been on the cutting edge of unique pleat design for many years. However, its latest feat — a fresh take on diamond pleats — is perhaps its most mesmerizing accomplishment.

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Top Gear’s ‘Renault Espace Convertible Challenge’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 22nd, 2014

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We’ve seen some terrible DIY convertible tops, but the folks over at Top Gear win first prize for the worst of all time.

Back in 2009, they chopped the top off a Renault Espace minivan to create their own retractable soft top. The result was comical (to says the least), but the real fun didn’t start until they were challenged to put it through its paces.

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Photo: Leopard-Print Chevy S-10 Dashboard

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 21st, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Chevrolet S10 Leopard Dashboard

We’re filing this custom leopard-print dashboard  in our “Ugly Upholstery” category for obvious reasons…

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Are You Prepared for the 2014 SEMA Show?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 20th, 2014

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The 2014 SEMA Show is less than three months away. As you make final preparations to showcase your products and services, tune in to SEMA’s free online seminar — today at 10:00 am PDT / 1:00 pm EDT — hosted by show director Tom Gattuso. It’ll tell you everything you need to know for a successful showcase.

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Carlex Design’s Maserati Grandiamond

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on August 19th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Carlex Design Maserati Grandiamond

Last March, we challenged The Hog Ring community to “move beyond traditional diamond pleats.” Since then, trimmers from all over the globe have emailed us photos of their own unique takes on the age-old stitch pattern. We’ve seen long tails, double long tails, single columns and even a few other awesome oddball designs.

However, no one has quite met the challenge like Carlex Design — which thought so far outside the box on this one that they crafted an entire interior to resemble the classic geometric shape of a diamond gemstone.

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Shop Profile: Compton Custom Interiors

Published by Naseem Muaddi on August 18th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Compton Custom Interiors

One of the greatest pleasures for me in running The Hog Ring is the opportunity to speak with auto trimmers and shop owners from around the world and learn how they got their start in our highly specialized craft.

I recently spoke with Jimmy Compton, a retired U.S. Army veteran, who told me all about his new-found career in auto upholstery and his shop, Compton Custom Interiors, an up-and-coming hot rod interior shop making a strong name for itself in Fort Worth, Texas, and far beyond.

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