MAVEN Seats & Upholstery is a one-woman business run in Downeast Maine with Emma Thieme as its owner-operator. Emma is a Maine native from Waldo County who has been formally trained in the art of auto upholstery or "trimming." Emma still owns the candy red '80 Honda CM400T that she started out on, but today she rides a BMW F650GS with a custom black leather pleated seat. 


Each project by MAVEN is handmade from USA-made materials, sourced in New England and the East Coast. All leather is tanned right here in Maine.

MAVEN strives to be as sustainable as possible in its business practices. All fabric, foam and leather scraps get donated to Goodwill instead of a landfill. Packaging is recycled and often turned into pattern-making materials. The business has goals to be 100% solar powered by 2019. 

When she is not working on a custom motorcycle seat, Emma is working as a freelance writer and editor. You can read a few of her essays, as well as some past coverage on MAVEN Seats & Upholstery on the media page