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Fashion World Exerting Influence over Auto Interiors

Lear shows off latest designs, innovations with fashion show.

by on Oct.25, 2013

Lear's TeXstyle Enhance was featured in a fashion show in Detroit showcasing what the company's designers can do with leather and other fabrics.

The world of fashion is reaching deeper into vehicles where every piece of the car of truck’s interior has to be used to raise its profile and make it more appealing to customers.

“We’re seeing manufacturers think increasingly of using the interior of the vehicle as way to differentiate their products,” said Mandy Sarotte, Lear Corp. vice president of global trim operations for seating, who is also in charge of the company’s growing team of designers.

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Sarotte added demand for more distinctive interiors and more durable seat covers is evident in all kinds of passenger cars from subcompact to more expensive luxury vehicles. Customers in every segment are looking for something distinctive, she said. (more…)

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.

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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.

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