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Katzkin Classes Up Mopar and More

A sexy alternative to factory leather.

by on Feb.17, 2012

Katzkin Chief Designer Dave O'Connell's sketch for a customized Fiat 500 interior.

When the limited-edition Mopar 12 300 sedan rolls into showrooms later this year it will notably not feature the standard leather interior found on the Chrysler 300S 4-door it’s based on.  Instead, the customized Chrysler sedan will use a striking and unique interior specifically designed for it by Katzkin Leather Inc.

Founded in 1983 by the eponymous team of Mitch and Lesley Katz, the fast-growing firm initially provided leather seats and surfaces for use in custom cars and in the concept vehicles popular at auto shows.  But more recently, the firm has upgraded its line-up, partnering with both individual dealers and even some original equipment makers, like Chrysler, to offer a range of custom interiors direct to consumers.


Katzkin has even hired a design director, Dave O’Connell, who used to work with makers Mitsubishi and Peugeot, to help jazz things up with custom designs that might appeal to those who want something more distinctive than the usual factory offerings.

“We’ve had a very strong partnership with Katzin for a number of years,” said Jim Sassorossi, director of product development at Chrysler’s in-house service and aftermarket unit, Mopar.  “The quality of their product is just fantastic.