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Julie Kapugi

Fibrenew Asheville: Julie Kapugi

Mobile restoration service to your home or business!

3 WAYS TO REQUEST AN ESTIMATE: 1Online Request 2Call: 828.774.6397 3Email: [email protected]

Valued Customer Reviews

It’s all about seeing a smile on our customer’s face after each job is completed!

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Julie expertly refinished our three leather sofa cushions, saving us the expense of buying a new sofa! Over time, our dogs had scratched our otherwise perfectly good sofa and rendered it an embarrassment! Julie's treatment has restored the cushions to like-new! We are delighted!

Marian Phalin


We are at a VRBO in the area and accidently punctured a hole in a loveseat. Julie did a wonderful job patching and color matching! You can't even see where it happened. She was friendly, efficient, and so helpful. We appreciate her expertise! The owner was also pleased.

Judy Kuehn


We really enjoyed working with Julie on the repair of our tufted leather couch. It looks so much better! She came quickly, was reasonable in her pricing and was very knowledgeable about leather. She gave us great advice on how to care for it moving forward. She is skilled at her craft and we highly recommend her!

Kathleen Mosher


Julie was amazing to work with. It makes sense why she has so many 5-star reviews. She was easy to communicate with over email while confirming the cost and scope of work. She got straight to work and was very responsive to any questions or concerns I had. After trying one other local place who said they couldn't do anything, Julie was able to do the job.

My Honda CRV Hybrid had some dashboard work needed that would have cost me much more to replace the entire dash. This corrective work with the color matching was really impressive, looked great, and provided peace of mind the damage won't get worse. Definitely recommend Julie if you live in or around Asheville.

Thanks so much Julie!!!

Jacob Wheeler


Julie did an excellent job in repairing our leather sofa. She stayed until the repair was "just right"! Very experienced and knowledgeable. Would definitely use Fibernew again.

Ted Cheffy


I truly enjoyed this lady her work was soooooo excellent, she took her time and what a beautiful job, her personality is just outstanding! I would recommend Julie to anybody and will definitely put the word out for her!
I cannot say enough good things about her with what she accomplished for me in fixing dog damage on my couch!
Thank you, Julie you are awesome!

Cindy Insco, Candler,NC

Julie has repaired a leather sofa and a Porsche Cayaman leather seat for me. She does excellent work. I'd say she has magic in her hands. Thank you Julie. Highly recommended.

Steve Eudy, Asheville, NC 28803

This was an unbelievably great experience. Julie came recommended from the furniture store (Mobilia) where we purchased our Gamma sofa. It's four years old and was developing a small area where the leather seemed bubbly or scratched or something. It looked bad and I thought we might have to get Gamma to make us a new cushion or something. Anyway, out comes Julie of Fibrenew Asheville. She diagnosed it as chemical reaction (maybe suntan lotion or bug spray which we wear all the time) and set to work. A few hours later, WOW! It looks like new. I had her clean the whole sofa while she was here (added to the job) and the whole thing looks like it just got here. Love, love, love this excellent work. And I'm so surprised by it. I would never have thought it possible. But there you are and there you go. Hire Julie of Fibrenew. Honest, capable, friendly, great - just great.

Ken Cardinal


Leather repair by Julie at Fibernew- Her work is to put it in two words- simply excellent-. I had a fairly long rip in my leather sectional, I thought having a professional repair it would still leave a visible mark of stitches. To my suprise Julie's work make the repair look like it had never had a rip. What can I say?? She far exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend her for leather repairs.

Sanjay Girme


Julie, from Fibrenew Asheville, NC did a great job redying the headrest of a leather chair. She worked until she was able to diminish the stain and match the original color of the chair. Excellent job. Thank you, Julie.

Donna Giannuzzi


Excellent service on an older car.
Done at my home in a timely way. Prices were quite reasonable. I would totally recommend this company for interior car repair!

Trip Woodard


Julie worked MIRACLES on our sun-bleached, cat-scratched, dried- out 17-year-old leather furniture that we failed miserably to re-dye ourselves. Friends who just saw the results swear like we do that our sofas and wing chairs look BRAND NEW! And she was a total delight to have around – considerate, funny, self-sufficient, and so wise about solving problems at a variety of price points. As Julie said, quality old furniture is made so much better than the new stuff, and we're so thankful she rescued the sofas and chairs we love!

Holly Millsaps


Why do I give Asheville's Fibrenew a five star review? Because Google won't let me go any higher!
Our StressLess sofa, recliner and ottomans bore evidence of their 15+ year age - evidence created not only by family and friends, but also by a half dozen dogs and cats that added their signatures over the years. These unsightly marks included a wealth of various stains, scratches and a small cut or two.
Julie restored the look of these items completely. They now look as new as the day they were originally delivered!
Bottom line, I can't say enough good things about the results she achieved, the service she provided or the attitude she displayed. I will use her company's service again whenever the need arises.

Rich Jamison


I am so very thankful for Julie and the repair work she did for me. The top of the middle console in my car was torn, unsightly and extremely uncomfortable for my arm to rest on. She came to my home, arriving exactly when she said she would and took care of the repair/replacement of the cover. Extremely reasonably priced and I never had to leave home. Thank you, Julie, for your kindness and for an excellent job. I am very grateful .

Pat Carnahan, NC

We use Julie to fix furniture issues at Ambiente Modern, and she is the best! We know she can make any new furniture piece that has been damaged during shipment look exactly like new again. She is always professional and on time. We highly recommend Julie and Fibrenew Asheville!

Yoko Morris


I typically don't write reviews but Julie absolutely deserves praise for restoring my Eames Lounge Chair and replacing the missing buttons on my sofa. I've been living with an unsightly cut in the leather along with normal wear and tear that diminished the beauty of the piece. Julie came in, repaired the damage, cleaned the leather and restored the worn patches. It's like she waved her magic wand and the damage was erased. I honestly spent five minutes trying to find the cut, I couldn't. Her work is AMAZING!!! She was very personable and trustworthy. If you need any type of fabric or leather repair Julie is your girl. Thanks Julie 🙂

Nicholas Bell



I sent photos of my two older, woven leather chairs to Julie using her onsite questionnaire. She replied she could help with reviving these and gave an estimate. We arranged her visit, she arrived on time, she did her magic, and we have two gorgeous chairs to enjoy for another 20 years!

Thank you so much, Julie. Masterful work.

Lynne White, Asheville, NC

You won't be disappointed! We hired Fibrenew Asheville to repair a bench at Hunter Banks Fly Fishing. They did an excellent job repairing our Simms Bench that we have had in the shop for years. Not only did they do an unreal job fixing the bench but they completed the job in less than 2 days and exceeded our expectation of great customer service. We are extremely happy with our experience.

Taylor Watson


I can’t recall a more delightful visit from someone who came to repair a broken item in our home. Julie was not only professional and efficient she was also friendly, outgoing and fascinating. She was unfazed by our 2 dogs who thoroughly sniffed her when she arrived, telling me about her rescue dogs. We touched on a wide variety of subjects during her time here, and she was well informed on all of them. I highly recommend her for her expertise in furniture repair and for her quick wit, warm smile and intelligence. Now that I think about it, I’ll have to find something else for her to work on so we can continue our conversation!

Joan Bowen, Asheville, NC

We bought a brand new couch that unfortunately our dog's flea and tick medicine (which we no longer use THAT brand) literally took the color off of the couch. We contacted Fibrenew and I sent Julie pictures. She knew what kind of leather it was and actually looked up the brand etc. She told me she couldn't make it perfect but that we would not notice it. I was okay with was a taupe couch with white spots all over anything would be better. However, Julie is brilliant and talented!!!! It IS perfect!!! I can't see or find where the spots were. She matched up the color/dye (not my area of expertise so not sure of the verbiage) up so perfectly that there is no way even I can see the spots and I know where they were!! Thank you Julie for your talent and for making my brand new couch, brand new again!!!!

Charley Turon


You won't be disappointed. I was trying to sell my car but received feedback from a couple of potential buyers that the car seats looked worn and not worth the price (even though the car had low mileage, new tires, new brakes, etc.). So, I decided I needed some help. I searched for someone to patch a couple of small tears and to clean up where my dogs had scratched the seats. Luckily, Julie at Fibrenew came to the rescue!

Julie did a quick estimate from some pictures I sent her. The mobile service was perfect and she came to my house so I could other errands while she worked her magic. Julie came to the house and made the inside of the car look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! The seats and the steering wheel look like new!!!! WOW. I was impressed. You will be too.

I can't thank Julie enough for the great work and for the custom color she selected to match the car's interior. I definitely recommend this service!

Bj Bowen


Julie was great! She worked quickly and clearly knew what she was doing. And she was even able to pass on a discount from her previously quoted price because it was easier than she had expected - nice! She then finished up her work with telling us about "tricks of the trade" related to purchasing and maintaining leather furniture - what to look out for and things like that. Amazing service! 🙂

Charles Leahy


Highly recommend. Julie was honest, communicative, and realistic about expectations. I can see why she has so many 5 star reviews.

Amy Worthy


I rarely write reviews and then only when the service exceeds my expectations. Julie was able to transform my well-worn 20+ year old leather chairs and ottoman back to looking nearly new. The cost was very affordable, and she saved me a fortune on having to replace them. I'd highly recommend Fibrenew Asheville to anyone looking to restore or fix their leather furniture!



Julie kept me updated every step of the way - from scheduling initial appointment, to fixing the leather couch repair. I appreciate the communication, professionalism, and excellent work.

Anne Smith, Asheville

Her work looks amazing. She was also very supportive with a project I had and full of good ideas and advice. Highly recommend.

Conny H


Julie did a great job of renewing the leather on a 30 year-old sectional sofa! She really knows her stuff and informs you of all your options. She took an old, high quality sectional (almost) back to it's prime.

Judith Bliss


Julie is fantastic!- She knows what's she's doing and does it well. She makes an old sofa look like new!!

Judith, Hendersonville, nc

Julie is not only highly skilled at repairing old and damaged leather, she is a wonderful, trustworthy person. We had a complicated project--an aging leather sectional that had been chewed in multiple places by dogs. It was scratched, dirty and stained. She figured out how to minimize the leather that we needed to purchase by using existing pieces, hidden pieces, etc. She also re-covered bar stools, re-covered two large chair cushions and sewed two leather throw pillows for us. All at an extremely reasonable price. She made our living room work. Great job!

Deborah Johnson, Asheville, NC

fantastic customer service and Julie saved me thousands of dollars bringing my old leather couch back to life. Highly recommend.

Christine Weinerth


What great service. Our cats had mistaken our leather sofa for a scratching post.Julie worked on it diligently for 5 hours and eliminated all those little holes. Highly recommend Fibrenew!

Gary Forell


A perfect fix! got turmeric on my parents white couch (idk why they chose white) and now I'll never have to tell them!

Dhyan Mount


Julie completed all of the wish list requirements of my project very quickly and with great skill. Responding promptly to emails and phone calls, she exemplified professionalism. I have total confidence in her abilities, and without reservation I would recommend Fibrenew.

Sandra Case, Candler, NC

Julie was great to work with over the six weeks we worked together. She coordinated logistics with me so there were no long drives involved for me. She was able to perfectly match the green leather for my Stressless recliner chair arm. I highly recommend Fibrenew!

Roger Thomas


JULIE WAS AWESOME. She saved our friends approx. $2500.00 , after their dog did a 'lil digging on our leather couch. We were all very thankful, and Julie did an amazing job. It was a pleasure meeting you. The pics are on her site.
Thank you soooo much Julie, and sorry for the delay,
Mechelle and Paul


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Julie is AWESOME! We are very happy with the coverings she made to protect our leather loveseat. She is prompt, courteous and professional. I learned quite a bit about the different types of leather and their care from her. Her prices are very reasonable and the fact that the service is “in-home” is really convenient. I recommend Julie to anyone that is considering vinyl or leather restoration/ repair!

Lee Watson, Flat Rock NC

Julie did an excellent job with our Stickley furniture. She sourced and fabricated new leather for both our Morris Recliner and our Club Chair. Not an easy task for Stickley furniture. Julie's work is actually better than the original Stickley leather and we are very pleased. We highly recommend Julie Kapugi with Asheville Fibrenew!

Perry Bartsch Jr., Asheville

Julie is a top professional in every way possible! She seems a miracle worker when it comes to repairing, restoring, and cleaning leather furniture. In addition to that, she promptly responds to inquiries, provides accurate estimates (with very fair pricing), works in and out of your home, and simply gets the job done with great expertise. We have a contemporary leather couch, which was severely damaged from way back when our three cats were still kittens. The damage was so bad that I was embarrassed to have guests sit on the couch. As a last-ditch effort to save this couch, I contacted Julie and scheduled her for a free consultation visit. Only a week later my couch looked (and continues to look) like new! Julie repaired the seat cushions out of the house and the armrests (damaged with countless scratches of all sizes) were repaired in-home. The result is absolutely amazing and I am very impressed with the mix of craftsmanship and artistry that goes into Julie's work. In addition to my leather furniture, I also have some other pieces in need of some repairs and Julie very generously spent the time to connect me with other professionals in the area, more suitable for those particular projects. She is a rare gem for this community!! Many thanks, Julie!

Claudia Russell, Asheville

Julie from Fibrenew is a godsend. Arrived on schedule (within 24 hours) and under 2 hours had expertly repaired the broken piece on the fairing on my 2015 BMW K1300S motorcycle. My OCD cured, I cannot praise and thank her enough for her expertise. Absolutely recommend. Top class expert. Thank you, Julie.

Shaun McCann


I’m very pleased Julie repaired and healed my ink stained and worn leather sofa cushions to like brand new condition. I am amazed by the difference. Julie saved a leather couch. I appreciate Julie’s expertise , friendly professionalism and desire help me at a fair price. She picked up and delivered and wore a mask for covid 19 protection. I highly recommend Julie. Thank you!!

Bill Monroe, Asheville, NC

Julie was prompt and professional. She described the process involved with dyeing my driver’s seat and answered all my questions. The leather seat looks as if it is brand new, with no sign of the stain that I could not remove. Thankful I contacted Fibrenew, and will certainly consider them again if the need arises!

Gary Robinson


You won’t be disappointed! We hired Fibrenew Asheville to repair a bench at Hunter Banks Fly Fishing. They did an excellent job repairing our Simms Bench that we have had in the shop for years. Not only did they do an unreal job fixing the bench but they completed the job in less than 2 days and exceeded our expectation of great customer service. We are extremely happy with our experience.

Taylor Watson


We had a very well worn bench in our retail location that had seen better days for sure. The padding was cracked and flaking off, there were splits in excess of a ft. Julie from Fibrenew Asheville came by and gave us a very quick assessment. She was confident that she could fix the situation. WOW!!! the end result was far far batter than what we were expecting! not only was the job done extraordinarily well but done quickly. The end result looks better than the original product. If you need anything reupholstered look no further, Fibrenew is the only company you need to contact.

Patrick Brady


Very professional, courteous service. Excellent craftsmanship!

Fran Noel


Julie worked wonders on two burns on my door panel. It's like the damage was never there.
She is fast, detail oriented and professional.
She's also quite personable, easy to communicate with, and pleasant.
The whole experience was fantastic!

Shawn Allen, Zirconia, NC

We have a leather sofa that was well worn with scratches. Buying a new sofa was not in our budget. Viewing the before and after results on line with Fibrenew, I decided to take a chance and am SO glad I did. Julie truly performed her magic and the resurfacing and adding back pigment did the trick. Julie is the consummate professional. Extremely personable and excellent at her craft. We will now be able to enjoy a few more years before having to make an expensive purchase. Thank you, Julie!

Jed, Asheville, NC

You won’t be disappointed. I was trying to sell my car but received feedback from a couple of potential buyers that the car seats looked worn and not worth the price (even though the car had low mileage, new tires, new brakes, etc.). So, I decided I needed some help. I searched for someone to patch a couple of small tears and to clean up where my dogs had scratched the seats. Luckily, Julie at Fibrenew came to the rescue!

Julie did a quick estimate from some pictures I sent her. The mobile service was perfect and she came to my house so I could other errands while she worked her magic. Julie came to the house and made the inside of the car look SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good! The seats and the steering wheel look like new!!!! WOW. I was impressed. You will be too.

I can’t thank Julie enough for the great work and for the custom color she selected to match the car’s interior. I definitely recommend this service!

Bj Bowen


Julie did repairs on two of our cars today. The results were outstanding, everything I could have hoped for.

Julie texted ahead and arrived on time for our appointment. Personally, she is a delightful individual and clearly focuses on quality. She was patient to explain how the process worked, and did not rush to complete the jobs. I am now a believer.

Bill Price, Waynesville, NC

Great service and product! Julie was very friendly, customer-oriented and very good at what she does!

Kari Hunt


We had a brand new leather chair (one week old) that got some adhesive on the seat. I thought it was ruined.. Julie worked a miracle on this seat, dying the three white spots. No one, including me, will ever know anything happened. I am beyond thankful for her professionalism and expertise.

Ednamae Fisher


Julie did a fabulous job repairing cat scratches on our white leather couch. There is not even the slightest blemish left and she matched the off-white perfectly. We are so pleased and highly recommend her services!

Leslie Fitzgerald, Johnson City, Tn

Julie was right on with a repair for my 2010 Tahoe dash. It had a split above the hump on drivers side and a split on the corner where the airbag is stored. She was prompt when she came out and her quote for the repair was very close to the total charge of the repair she was very friendly and very accommodating as the first visit she had to set up had to be changed for another day. The repair was perfect for us And the color blended perfect with the interior. We are very satisfied with the repair and that the charge for her work was very reasonable. I would highly recommend her work for any repairs of this sort. She is worth it.

Sandra M.


I am very impressed with the repair Julie did on my Leather sectional. The back side of my leather sectional is a vinyl material and it had a puncture hole from being banged into by a delivery company bringing furniture into my home. It also had a dimple effect around the hole. I was devastated as the leather sectional was only 6 months old. Julie arrived on time and performed her magic! You can't see where the puncture hole is anymore. She also was able to make the dimple around the hole flatten out. Not only does Julie work hard to give her customers an amazing result, she is also super friendly and very meticulous about the work she does. Thanks Julie for a job well done! I will be sure to call on you in the future, should another incident that requires your expertise happens.

Dawn Galvan


Julie did a fantastic job in restoring the grey interior in my 2003 m3. Looks like new!!

Luke G


Julie restored the leather of this 60 year old chair and its twin to a forgotten level of beauty. Her work is outstanding. She was on time and on budget. The charge was reasonable and fair. She is a highly skilled and delightful person. If we ever have the need for more work of the sort Julie does, we would definitely work with her again.

Bennett Lincoff


Julie just finished repairing 4 leather barstools that were covered in cat scratches from our fur babies. The barstools look BRAND NEW! In addition, she repaired deep “cuts, pulled fabric, and scratches” in two red leather wing back chairs. The difference is amazing! She matched the red dye perfectly (not an easy color) and the chairs look amazing. We highly recommend Julie. She was professional and courteous!

Cheryl Cannizzaro


Julie in Asheville worked so very hard to bring our light colored leather chairs back to life. They are 10 years old and now look new thanks to Julie's great eye with color and absolute attention to detail. I can't recommend her more highly!!!!!

Kim S


Julie just finished repairing a worn armrest on our leather sofa. She is prompt, friendly and committed to doing repairs to as close to perfect as possible. She is amazing at color matching! I would highly recommend her if you need leather repair.

Susan J Knust


Julie is an artist! I had the pleasure of watching her repair my leather couch. Her attention to detail is amazing and her ability to match color is astounding. Julie certainly exceeded my expectations. Thanks so much!

Kathleen L


Julie restored two leather sofas that had aged and were scratched in numerous places by our cat. Her restoration far exceed our expectations and we are very pleased with the results. Further, she can be counted on to show up on time and deliver on her promises. She has my highest recommendation.

G Spencer


I had just sold my car and wanted to have it detailed before turning it over to the new owner. The detailer over-buffed the leather on the passenger seat and took the color off. I was panicked but found Julie. She was prompt in getting back with me and setting up an appointment. All I can say is that she is a Miracle Worker! She not only fixed the damage but cleaned up some cracks in the other seat. She is very professional and a delight to work with. I highly recommend Julie for any of your leather issues. You won't be disappointed.

Thanks, Julie. Pat

Patricia N


Julie at Fibrenew is extremely knowledgeable, professional and helpful. I really appreciated her willingness to come out to my fairly remote cabin area and also assess my leather issues in advance via photos to set my expectations. Thank you so much Julie, I really appreciate it!

Becky Grafer


Julie came to our house and worked wonders on our Flexsteel Latitudes leather couch and ottoman. She has an excellent eye for color blending and was able to clean, condition and dye the leather, such that the furniture now looks good as new! She is efficient. Her price is reasonable. On top of that, she is a lovely and delightful person. We highly recommend her leather restoration service, without reservation.



Julie did a fantastic job repairing a spot on the passenger’s front seat of our car! The spot was “white” compared to the normal taupe color of the seats! The white spot resulted from my attempt to remove spilled finger nail polish off the seat! When Julie completed the repair, I could not tell that the “color-removing” incident had ever happened! Needless to say, I am very happy with the results! Julie is very nice to work with! She is professional and works to please you! The price she charged me to do my repair, I felt, was very fair!! I highly recommend her and would not hesitate to call her again for repairs!

Barbara Cochran


We have a very nice 10-year-old leather couch that had a frayed tear in it, as well as some "stretch marks" that indicated that the leather would be giving way in the near future. When Julie came over to the studio, she looked at the damage, and recommended replacing the whole panel--and it was obvious that she was right. Fortunately, we had extra leather from a matching ottoman that we could use to replace the damaged section, and when Julie returned the repaired cushion to us the next day, WE WERE THRILLED. The stitching matched the old stitching exactly, and we basically rescued a $2500 couch for $200. She was great at communicating questions and arrival times, the delivery was fast and I will be recommending Fibrenew to everyone I know. Really, really pleased with the entire transaction. (And the price!)

Lemire Wilk


Julie did a wonderful job re-upholstering our fitness equipment. Very fast turn over time and a pleasure to do business with.

Walnut Cove Wellness


Ah Mah Zing.  Julie came right to my house and worked her behind off for several hours making my car look brand new.  My driver seat was all cracked and discolored, and when she was done it honestly looks like a new seat.  She cleaned all my carpets and mats and made them look new. She is super friendly, fun, and I definitely recommend her!!

S S.

Amazing. I can't believe what a good job Julie did. She was so nice and pleasant and did such a great job! Definitely recommend!
She got stains out of the carpet that I thought would not come out, and fixed my leather seat and made it look brand new.

Sarah Saunders


Julie Kapugi from Fibrenew Asheville is the BEST!! She was able to repair my BMW seat after another repair I had done failed miserably. She is thorough, professional and....FUN. I recommend Julie and Fibrenew 100%. Thanks for the GREAT JOB!!!

Dakota Forgione