As a business built on craftsmanship, the Trim Shop at Hemmels is an integral part of every client’s journey. The Trim Shop is home to the skilled experts and artisans that pour over every detail of the interiors and trimmings of the cars they artfully restore. Read on to get a behind-the-curtains look at their process.
The Trim Shop is the technicians’ atelier.
The interior process starts with a choice for every client. Either recreate the interior of your classic based on the original production, or go for something completely bespoke. Hemmels offer an array of colours and fabrics to be fitted to any part of the interior. From the headrest to the sun visor, no surface is left unnoticed. Partnering with great suppliers ensures a breadth of personalisation options, including different types of stitching and embossing, leather highlights, suede features and so much more.
One recent project saw the trim technicians delivering an incredible finish with a unique leather and suede combination, covering everything from the dashboards to the door cards. The interiors also featured a bespoke contrast double stitch pattern. The client was informed and consulted throughout every step of the Trim Shop process, and is truly delighted with the outcome.
Subtle yet unsparing, the original SL models make significant use of chrome while being careful not to let it steal focus from all of the other well-balanced features.
The work on their car, as with all others, began with an in-depth conversation with our trim technicians to gather all the information about the colour combinations, textiles and finish desired by the client. From the soft furnishings such as the carpets, seats and mats, to the hardware such as the soft top, steering wheel and gear shift; the technicians plan the amount of material required and how much time is needed to complete the restoration.
Once the exact requirements have been established, the car is carefully disassembled, with all component parts assessed and catalogued. The metal parts are handed off to chrome technicians to restore, replace and polish into gleaming splendour while the work on the soft fittings begin in earnest. So by the time the chassis returns from fabrication and paint, 75% of the interior parts are ready for re-fit. The remaining parts are hand completed with the car to ensure a perfect fit and finish, as with most classics, there can be small differences from chassis to chassis. After all the consulting, measuring, sourcing, fitting, stitching and polishing, the new interior is finally complete.
Every interior is made unique, not just by the fact that every client has different needs and tastes, but because of the amount of creative freedom that is entrusted upon the talented technicians at Hemmels. Through and through, the trim and interior process is a collaborative and creative process that yields phenomenal results time and time again.
“When working with skilled and creative people we believe it’s important to allow them a degree of artistic licence. They always come up with ideas and concepts full of flair.”