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About Krist Kustoms…

Shawn Krist started upholstering cars in his dad’s garage in the mid to late 90s in northern Indiana. After a short 12 month stint working in a hot rod shop upholstering their cars, Shawn plunked down a deposit to rent out a shop of his very own at the age of 21.  A few years later, business was growing, and Shawn married his wife Jenna (and subsequently acquired extremely talented and cheap labor). Married less than a year, Jenna quit her job to help Shawn full time at Krist Kustoms. Jenna doesn’t just answer the phone or do “bookkeeping,” she works on the cars and gets her hands dirty (and is damn good at it too)! Expanding the business through the years, Shawn and Jenna developed a line of hot rod interior parts that they continue to manufacture and sell. Fast forward 15-16 years, countless overtime hours, weekends spent working on cars, too many all-nighters at the shop, almost 200 complete custom hot rod interiors, and becoming completely burnt out on cars, Shawn and Jenna needed a break from the norm. They got rid of almost everything they owned, sold their house, ditched the brick-and-mortar shop, bought a RV, and decided to travel as much as possible (and sell their parts out of the side storage compartments of their RV and stop to upholster a few cars along the way). In their travels, they began to really enjoy the nomad lifestyle, exploring all the random places they stumbled upon, and being able to pick-up-and-move at the drop of a hat. They got really good at unloading a sewing machine and setting up a mobile upholstery shop, upholstering cars from Nova Scotia, Canada, to Southern California. Along their travels, they found a huge calling for their work in the state of Texas. After traveling all over the US, it seemed like their next destination was always Texas, and it became a second home to them. Building relationships, and more importantly meeting great friends, it looks like they will be spending a lot of time in the Austin, Texas area. In 2014, they are working with Sculpt Garage and Cato Custom Upholstery on a few car interiors, and focusing a lot of their time on their sister company, Double K Originals, and developing more hot rod interior parts.

Does this mean they are settling down and closing the (non-existent/mobile) upholstery shop? NO! They are still living in their RV, currently behind a friend’s shop in central Texas, and they have no plans on “settling down” or becoming “normal” anytime soon. When they aren’t exploring the great state of Texas, they can still be found sitting behind sewing machines. But in the coming years, Krist Kustoms will only be doing a select few hot rod upholstery jobs per year. Shawn and Jenna have upholstered so many cars over the years, they might be a little picky-choosy about the cars they work on now! They will still offer the mobile upholstery services, but the destination and project will have to be pretty exciting for them! They would also like to get back to the "roots" of hot rodding and hot rod upholstery. Custom upholstery is an art form, and sometimes art is best expressed in its simplest form. Krist Kustoms would like to extend an invitation to anyone building a unique or traditional styled hot rod to consider them for your upholstery. Shawn and Jenna would be very interested in working with UNIQUE upholstery jobs as well, even ones that are not related to the automotive field (the weirder the better). And for the record, Jenna and Shawn would love to stuff an interior full of metal flake vinyl (hint, hint)...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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