10 Questions for Dan Kirkpatrick in PHB Magazine

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 26th, 2015

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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.”

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Video: How Repreve Fabric is Made

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 25th, 2015

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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.

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Get Ready for Recaro to Take Over the World

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 24th, 2015

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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).

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This Week Win a Convertible Top!

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 23rd, 2015

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As if you needed another reason to love Electron Top, they’ve graciously volunteered to sponsor our latest “Comment of the Week” give away by putting up a convertible top as the prize!

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Jeep Concept Vehicles Feature Hand Stitching

Published by Naseem Muaddi on March 20th, 2015

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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.

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Electron Top: ‘We Do Not Sell Retail’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 19th, 2015

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In its March 2015 issue of “Keep in Touch!”, Electron Top reaffirms its commitment to the auto upholstery community that it will never sell its convertible tops directly to the public and addresses concerns about distributors who do.

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Where Did the Term ‘Jump Seat’ Come From?

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 18th, 2015

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We’ve all seen, repaired and even sat in a vehicle’s “jump seat.” But have you ever wondered where the term comes from? We did some digging to find out.

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Beware of Akron’s ‘Bowel Movement Bandit’

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 17th, 2015

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Just when we thought we’ve seen and heard it all, police in Akron, Ohio, issued an all-points bulletin for a man they say has been terrorizing city residents by pooping inside and on top of their cars.

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How Women Helped Shape Auto Interiors

Published by Nadeem Muaddi on March 16th, 2015

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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 ownerstextile 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.

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Chip Foose-built 1965 Impala Wins the Ridler

Published by Naseem Muaddi on March 13th, 2015

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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.

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