Cadillac has made it a point to incorporate cut-and-sew design and methodology into the interiors of its vehicles, and to tell interested buyers about it. But what does cut-and-sew entail, and why is it important for world-class luxury cars like Cadillacs?
The Cut-and-Sew technique combines the precision of advanced technology with the care of handcraftsmanship, in which materials for major interior components are literally joined by hand stitching. Cadillac vehicles feature cut-and-sewn interiors as standard equipment, and the brand is the only full-line luxury automaker that constructs all of its models’ interiors via Cut-and-Sew.
“People want to know that people have been involved and have taken the time and care went to build their car”, says Eric Clough, Director of Design, Cadillac Interiors. “And you mix that with technology that’s all throughout the vehicle, and you have a really nice blend of Art & Science”, Cadillac’s approach to creating luxury vehicles.
Cut-and-sew is used all around us in such items as furniture, handbags, and clothing, and Cadillac uses the technique because it’s very distinctive and premium. By comparison, other mass-produced processes (used by Caddy’s rivals) are less expensive, more efficient, and don’t require as many people… but the high-quality execution across the cabin unifies the entire interior, according to Clough.
“I love the possibilities that cut-and-sew provides for me as a designer”, says Erin Crossley, Design Manager, Cadillac Color and Trim. “It opens so many opportunities to do something unique”.
Watch as Clough and Crossley discuss the theory behind cut-and-sew in this video:
Now that you’re familiar with the theory behind cut-and-sew, check out the process behind bringing it to life.