Enter Alea Leather’s Custom Interior Give Away

Published by Naseem Muaddi on September 22nd, 2014

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If you’re headed to Las Vegas in November for the 2014 SEMA Show, be sure to visit Alea Leather Specialist Inc. for a chance to win a custom leather interior for your vehicle!

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Photo: Catchall Miniature Display Seat

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 19th, 2014

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We recently came across this eye-catching miniature display seat on the Instagram account of Dane Utech, a talented auto trimmer employed at Customs by Vos. Having built a few display seats of our own and shared with The Hog Ring community why and how to fabricate them, we thought it would be great to hear the story behind this unique design.

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Are Industry Trade Shows Worth Attending?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 18th, 2014

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With the 2014 SEMA Show less than two months away, Performance & Hotrod Business magazine has published a timely article titled “Industry trade shows — are they worthwhile or a waste?” The piece provides great insight on why you should consider attending trade shows, as well as advice on how to maximize the opportunities they offer.

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How to Sew Aston Martin’s Rapide Diamond Pleat

Published by Naseem Muaddi on September 17th, 2014

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Last month, we showed you photos of how Aston Martin revolutionized the diamond pleat — now we show you how to replicate their design!

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Every Auto Trimmer Should Share this Article

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 16th, 2014

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With the rising popularity of DIY kits, it’s not often that an automotive journalist pens an article about why drivers should take their cars to professional trim shops to have their upholstery repaired. However, that’s exactly what Tom Moor of Angie’s List did in his latest piece titled “Reupholstering your car can be well worth the cost.”

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Haartz recasts aftermarket soft tops with Forte’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 15th, 2014

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Haartz Corporation, the auto industry’s leading manufacturer of convertible topping material, continues its long history of innovation with its latest offering, Fortè — the next generation in aftermarket soft-top fabric.

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Save Big This Month at Kee Auto Top

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 12th, 2014

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Kee Auto Top continues to shake things up with more great products, discounts and the highest level of customer service. What’s more, everyone – from trimmers to community leaders – are taking notice.

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What Southwest Airlines Did With 80K Seat Covers

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 11th, 2014

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Auto upholstery shops produce a lot of waste — including scrap foam, vinyl, cloth, canvas and leather. While most of it is recyclable, the sad truth is that most of our scraps end up in the trash. Not because auto trimmers aren’t Earth friendly, but because our industry lacks the infrastructure to collect and process the materials in any meaningful way.

Southwest Airlines recently faced a similar problem. Upon upgrading all of its 747 aircrafts with new upholstery, the company found itself with an excess of 80,000 old leather seat covers. Being a multi-million-dollar company, Southwest Airlines had the resources to research and coordinate ways in which it could have the covers recycled. But since it was going to all that trouble, the company figured: Why not do something more inspiring?

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A Visit to Bentley Motors’ Leather Workshop

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 10th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Bentley Motors Leather Shop

We know that Bentley Motors creates some of the most exquisite interiors in the world — but what goes into crafting each and every one? Drive TV paid a visit to the luxury automaker’s leather shop in Crewe, England to find out.

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Preserving Upholstery: When Bad Interiors are OK

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on September 9th, 2014

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Preserve Car Interior

While most auto upholstery shops repair, restore or customize car interiors, some also specialize in preserving them. The customers that these shops attract are a rare breed — more interested in freezing their classic cars in bad state than rehabilitating or enhancing them.

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