Download the April 2015 issue of Performance & Hotrod Business magazine to check out the stunning four-page spread they assembled for our article “10 Questions for Master Trimmer Dan Kirkpatrick.”
By now, everyone in the auto upholstery industry has heard of Repreve — the fabric made from recycled water bottles that Ford Motor Company uses to trim its new car interiors. However, not everyone knows where it comes from, how it’s made 0r what benefits it provides.
Remember when Recaro was a brand of aftermarket car seat that was only known in racing circles? Well, that’s not the case any more. Over the last 10 years, the company has grown to become a household name, and its products are now featured in a range of straight-from-the-factory vehicles — some of which aren’t even legit sports cars.
The Detroit News recently published an interesting article that examines Recaro‘s rise in popularity and sheds light on its plans for the future. It’s a piece every auto upholsterer should read, especially since customizing and repairing these seats will soon be commonplace (if it isn’t already).
Jeep recently sidestepped its rugged nature to unveil two concept trim levels that sport a range of luxury features, including unique hand-stitched French seams — more evidence that automakers (especially those in the U.S.) are beginning to recognize the importance of a quality interior.
The automotive interior industry is dominated by men, but women have long played an integral role in its growth and development. In fact, they’ve been influential as industrial sewing machine operators, auto upholsterers, business owners, textile innovators and even cabin designers.
Fastlane, an automotive blog run by General Motors, recently published an interesting piece revealing how women helped shape modern car interiors — making them more appealing, practical and safe. The article is a must-read for everyone in the industry.
The Chip Foose-built 1965 Chevrolet Impala that took home the Ridler Award at last weekend’s 63rd annual Detroit Autorama in Detroit, Michigan, has been making headlines the world over for its gorgeous exterior and dressed up powertrain. But it’s interior is also a sight to behold.