It was a busy month on The Hog Ring! Not only did we cover the latest industry news, but we highlighted projects, products and more. Here’s a look back at December 2021.
Peek Inside Virgil Abloh’s Maybach Concept
Beloved designer Virgil Abloh died late last month of cancer at the age 41. Although he was renowned for his impact on fashion, he was also very interested in automotive design.
Pecca to Make Leather for Electric Vehicles
Some industry experts believe the auto industry’s shift to electric vehicles will spell the end of leather interiors — but Pecca Group doesn’t seem to think so.
Trimmer Kat Bridenbaker Dies at 77
Trimmer Kat “Gail” Aleana Bridenbaker of Green Mountain Falls, Colorado, has died at age 77.
Report: US Demand for Auto Leather is Killing the Amazon
American demand for leather in luxury SUVs is worsening Amazon deforestation, according to a recent exposé published by The New York Times.
This Company Takes all of Lamborghini’s Leather Scraps
What would you make if you had unlimited access to all of Lamborghini’s leather scraps?
Help Shop Owners Impacted by Tornadoes
Tornadoes devastated communities throughout the southern and central United States last weekend, impacting homeowners and business owners alike. Here’s how you can help.
ILM Responds to NYT Report on Leather and Deforestation
International Leather Maker (ILM) has responded to last month’s report in The New York Times linking US demand for automotive leather to Amazon deforestation.
Supplier Michael Rushin Dies at 72
Michael S. Rushin, Sr., who helped establish Rushin Upholstery Supply, has died at age 72.
Add ‘Mushroom Leather’ to the Growing List of Alternative Fabrics
Remember when having fungus growing inside your car was a bad thing? Well, times have changed.
Linda Bell of Tweed’s Upholstery Retires after 40 years
Linda Bell of Tweed’s Upholstery in Gardnerville, Nevada, is retiring after nearly 40 years in the business.
Trimmer Rhonda Hamann Dies at 63
Trimmer Rhonda (DeFries) Hamann of Fort Morgan, Colorado, has died at age 63.
Apply to Become a Rolls-Royce Apprentice
If you’re new to the craft of auto upholstery, consider applying for an apprenticeship with Rolls-Royce Motor Cars’ interior trim and leather workshop.
A Chat with Land Rover’s Design Manager
Have you ever wondered who picks the colors and materials used in the designing and manufacturing of cars?
Salute to Master Trimmer Mike Johnson
At his sewing station, with his pedal to the metal, Mike Johnson has stitched his way through miles of leather, vinyl and tweed, crafting upholstery for some of the world’s most notable concours-winning cars.
Santa Works in an Auto Upholstery Shop!
What do you suppose Santa Claus does when he isn’t busy delivering presents to good little boys and girls? He upholsters cars, of course!
Rolls-Royce Says Vegan Leather isn’t Luxury
Some automakers are discontinuing the use of leather in their interiors, but not Rolls-Royce Motor Cars. In fact, the company’s CEO says doing so could compromise luxury.
Trimmer James Kermit Banks Dies at 86
Trimmer James Kermit Banks of Hardy, Virginia, has died at age 86.
This Shop Cut the Roof off a Land Rover Defender
Land Rover won’t build a Defender convertible — so Heritage Customs is stepping up.
Automotive Industries is Bringing 100 New Jobs to Oklahoma
A fleet vehicle repair, restoration and management company is opening a massive service complex in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and bringing auto upholstery jobs with it.
Check Out this Keyston Sale and Free Gift!
Keyston Bros is kicking off the new year with a SUPER SALE and FREE GIFT!
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