Check Out this Alcantara Wrapped Helmet

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 27th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Jyrki Raulo - Alcantara Helmet

From air vents to car engines, we’ve seen auto trimmers upholster a lot of strange things. And while they’re usually over the top and sometimes even impractical, they’re also really cool and super challenging to pull off. Case in point: This Alcantara-clad helmet by aspiring professional trimmer Jyrki Raulo of Helsinki, Finland.

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Why are Automakers Tapping Fashion Designers?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 25th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - John Varvatos Chrysler 300

If you’re a regular follower of The Hog Ring, then you’re already familiar with many of the impressive (and sometimes ridiculous) ways automakers and fashion designers have influenced one another and even collaborated to design car interiors. From Bugatti launching its very own clothing line to Chrysler commissioning fashion designer John Varvatos to trim its 300, we’ve documented them all. However, we’ve never really touched on what motivates automakers to embark on such projects.

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Custom Jeep Wrangler Interiors by Alea Leather

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 24th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Alea Leather - 2015 Jeep Wrangler

Jeep fans will be happy to learn that Alea Leather, the auto upholstery industry’s leading manufacturer of premium leather seat covers, just launched a design studio dedicated solely to the 2015 Wrangler.

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10 Tips to Take Your Trimming to the Next Level

Published by Brent Parker Motor Trimming on February 23rd, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Brent Parker Motor Trimming

Over the last couple of years, trimmers have begun reaching out to me with questions on how to improve the quality of their work. While I’m happy to help, I don’t always have the time to answer right away or provide them with a thorough response. Therefore, I’ve decided to write an article for The Hog Ring sharing 10 tips on how to take your work to the next level.

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Shop Profile: Trimmer Otsetswe Marobela

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 19th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Otsetswe Marobela

Forging a successful career in the auto upholstery industry is no easy task, but where there’s a will there’s always a way. No one knows that better than Otsetswe Marobela, a 26-year-old rookie trimmer in Francistown, Botswana, whose passion for the craft led him to open one of his community’s first auto upholstery shops.

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Photo: DIY Door Panel Gone Horribly Wrong

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 18th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - DIY Custom Door Panels

I’m no expert in car audio, but I’d like to think I know a thing or two about custom door panels. While this one is certainly original, the execution seems a bit off — don’t you think?

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Mercedes-Benz VRC: The 4-in-1 Convertible Top

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 17th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Mercedes-Benz VRC Concept

In 1995, Mercedes-Benz sought to revolutionize the convertible top industry with the introduction of its Vario Research Car (VRC) — a concept vehicle that not only converted from a coupé to a convertible, but a truck and station wagon as well.

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California Trim Shop Destroyed in Fire

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 16th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - K’s Auto Seat & Dash Cover

K’s Auto Seat & Dash Cover of San Jose, California, was destroyed on Saturday in a five-alarm fire that also gutted a car audio shop and ravaged a valuable collection of classic cars.

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Photo: 1964 Chrysler Turbine Center Console

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on February 13th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - 1964 Chrysler Turbine

Check out the center console in the 1964 Chrysler Turbine. This car is 1 of 55 ever produced, and only 1 of 9 still in existence today.

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10 Questions for Mike and Jim of Ringbrothers

Published by Naseem Muaddi on February 12th, 2015

Auto Upholstery - The Hog Ring - Ringbrothers

Mike and Jim Ring of Ringbrothers are skilled craftsman and accomplished businessmen who’ve won nearly every industry award, been featured in all the major car magazines, and are sought after by the world’s most elite collectors.

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