Samuel and Sons Passementerie


Textile and Trim Collaboration: Samuel & Sons and Hartmann&Forbes

We’re kindred spirits, some might say, with our shared commitment to the preservation of handcraft, dedication to the design trade and constant pursuit of innovation. Samuel & Sons and Hartmann&Forbes often meet in the minds of designers and on the workroom table, finding their way to windows throughout the world.

We embarked on this creative collaboration with the intent to inspire—capturing the process of pairing their natural, handwoven textiles with our trim to share with you.

Join us on a journey that begins with scheming in the showroom, then onto the workroom, followed by the reveal of completed pillows, blinds and drapes.

Follow us during this three-day Instagram series at @samuelandsons and @hartmannforbes.


Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe and Embroidered Borders



Cirque Pom Pom Fringe in Meadow / Tabaret Woven-to-Size Grassweave by Hartmann&Forbes


Sewing Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe on a custom window shade.


Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe on a custom-made natural handwoven shade.


Green and White Pom Pom Trim by Samuel and Sons



Brielle Embroidered Border in Meadow / Essence by Hartmann&Forbes


Brielle Embroidered Border by Samuel and Sons


Sewing custom pillows using the Samuel and Sons Brielle Embroidered Border.


Custom linen pillow is trimmed with the Samuel and Sons Brielle Embroidered Border.



Orbit Border in White Gold / Rainfall in Sunrise by Hartmann&Forbes


Orbit Border by Samuel and Sons


Samuel and Sons Orbit Border on a custom window treatment.


Sewing the Orbit Border from Samuel and Sons to a custom window treatment.


Custom window treatment trimmed the Orbit Border by Samuel and Sons.



Elliptic Appliqué Border in Frost / Glimmer by Hartmann&Forbes



Sewing the Samuel and Sons Elliptic Border from Samuel and Sons on a custom window treatment.


Custom roman shade with Samuel and Sons Elliptic Applique Border



Frida Border and Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar in Obsidian / Clarity in Serene Sand (blind) and Elements in Challis (pillow) by Hartmann&Forbes


Frida Border by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons


Sewing a custom window treatment using the Frida Border by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons.


Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons being sewing on a custom window treatment.


Sewing custom window shades using the Torero Beaded Fringe by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons.


Black and tan Frida Border designed by Laura Kirar for Samuel and Sons trims a custom pillow.


Black and tan beaded fringe by Samuel and Sons tims a handwoven shade by Hartmann&Forbes.



Astra Embroidered Border in Amethyst by Lori Weitzner / Rainfall in Sunset by Hartmann&Forbes



Astra Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons


Sewing on the sequined Astra Embroidered Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons.


Custom drapery trimmed with the Astra Embroidered Border by Lori Weitzner for Samuel and Sons.


Many thanks to the team at Hartmann&Forbes for helping bring this creative vision to fruition.

Together we hope to have provided valuable insight into the process, furthering an appreciation for handcrafted designs and inspiring future pairings of their handwoven textiles with Samuel & Sons trim.


Kips Bay Show House 2018

Warmer days and flowers in bloom signal more than springtime in Manhattan. May promises the much-anticipated unveiling of the annual Kips Bay Show House—a culmination and a celebration of interior design talent, imagination, creativity, color and innovation. This year did not disappoint, and as always, we took great pride in seeing Samuel & Sons trimmings on display inside one of the industry’s most prestigious showhouses.


Mark D. Sikes

Mark Sikes for Kips Bay Show House

Flanders Gimp


Mark D Sikes Blue and White

Flanders Gimp


Mark D. Sikes Drapery Design

Normandy Silk Beaded Fringe


Mark D. Sikes for Kips Bay Show House 2018

Aurelia Gimp



Pavarini Design

Kips Bay Show House by Pavarini Design

1″ Dunes Pleated Border by Lori Weitzner over French Grosgrain

Pavarini Penthouse Design featuring Samuel and Sons Trim

Nantucket Strie Border


Brian del Toro

Brian Del Toro Drapery Design

Solar Border and Harbour Serpentine Braid


Kips Bay Show House design by Brian Del Toro
Maru Embroidered Border

Barbara Ostrom Associates

Custom Upholstery by Barbara Ostrom Interior Design featuring Samuel and Sons Trim

1/4″ Annecy Cord with Tape


Samuel and Sons Key Tassel

4″ Metallic Key Tassel


Drake | Anderson

Design by Drake | Anderson

Annecy Cord


David Netto

Nailheads over French Grosgrain Trim by Samuel and Sons

French Grosgrain


Alessandra Branca

Samuel and Sons Cord on Custom Cushions

Cambridge Cord


Custom Seat Cushion with Cord and Tufts by Samuel and Sons

Le Jardin Silk Tuft Sand and Cambridge Cord

Samuel and Sons Cotton Tassel Fringe

Cotton Tassel Fringe

Alexa Hampton


Alexa Hampton for Kips Bay

Aurelia Cord


Samuel and Sons Cord and Tassel

Normandy Key Tassel and Normandy Cord

Juan Montoya Design

Custom Seat Cushion with Tufts by Samuel and Sons

A clever application of black brush fringe.

Custom Window Treatment by Juan Montoya

3/8″ French Cord

As a New York-based company, we welcome any chance to support local organizations. Congratulations to all involved for donating their time, talent and products in support of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club.



Designer Showhouse of New Jersey

Over the course of six weeks this fall, visitors to the Designer Showhouse of New Jersey witnessed the beautiful work of 20 top interior designers. We were privledged to see Samuel & Sons trimmings used throughout the home. Interior designers, landscape and decorative artists from New York as well as New Jersey generously contributed their time and talents to benefit the Department of Patient Care: Patient Experience at Hackensack University Medical Center. Congratulations to all involved!


Jodie O Designs Showhouse Bedroom

Sloane Velvet and Ribbed Borders

Jodie O Designs Bedroom Design

Jodie O Designs Showhouse Chair

Pillow trimmed with Inca Brush Fringe



Chatham Interiors Custom Sofa

Aslan Beaded Border by Roger Thomas

Chatham Interiors Custom Sofa

Chatham Interiors Showhouse Sofa

Pillow and chair skirt trimmed in Mandarin Cloud Beaded Border



M R Sferra Interior Design

Orbit Border in Bronze



Window Treatment by K and K Interior Design

Le Terre Cut Fringe in Pebble



Tableskirt by ID 810 Design Group

Table Skirt: Le Terre Cut Fringe
Drapery: Seychelles Wood Teardrop Fringe

NY Showhouse by ID 810 Design Group

Drapery Design Detail by ID 810 Design Group Showhouse



Draperies by Jennifer McGee Design

5/8 and 1.5″ French Grosgrain

Jennifer McGee Design Drapery Details



Barbara Ostrom Associates

Cabana Ring Border

Barbara Ostrom Associates Showhouse Design



Diane Durocher Interiors

Interior Design by Diane Durocher

Drapery Detail - Diane Durocher

Paddington Openwork Braid

Custom Pillows by Diane Durocher

Pillow trimmed with 3/8″ Aurelia Cord

Designer Showhouse of New Jersey

Pillow trimmed with Annecy Brush Fringe

Chair Design by Diane Durocher

Italian Leather Piping



Thyme and Place Interior Design

Le Musée Cord with Tape


Alex Papachristidis in Veranda Magazine

From the simplest cord spotted on an upholstered piece, to a show-stopping space with trim at every turn, each time we see our product in print we’re filled with great joy and gratitude. As this year comes to a close, we look back with thanks and look forward to the New Year with eagerness and optimism as our trimmings can be seen throughout the cover story in Veranda’s first issue of 2017.

Designed by Alex Papachristidis, the Kip Bay Decorator Show House dining room exudes elegance and offers many lessons in the importance of details, from expertly applied trim on furniture, pillows and lamp shades, to hand-painted seat backs. It has been our pleasure to support Alex’s vision and this worthy cause.

Alex Papachristidis in Veranda Magazine



Kips Bay Show House - Alex Papachristidis



Kips Bay Show House - Custom Lampshade Featuring Samuel & Sons Beaded Fringe

Normandy Silk Ornamental Fringe



Kips Bay Show House - Dining Room Chair, Samuel & Sons Trim

Délicat Silk Gimp



Dining Room Chair - Kips Bay Show House featuring Samuel & Sons Trim

Délicat Silk Gimp


Samuel & Sons Rosette Trim - Kips Bay Show House

Le Musée Silk Rosette


Samuel & Sons Trim - Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Le Musée 1/4″ Silk Cord with Tape


Custom Cushions - Samuel & Sons Trim in the Kips Bay Show House

Le Musée 1/4″ Silk Cord with Tape


Elegant custom pillow with Samuel & Sons trim by Alex Papachristidis

Le Musée Narrow Braid


Alex Papachristidis Interiors - Sofa featuring Samuel & Sons trim in the Kips Bay Show House.

Le Musée Silk Fringe with Jasmines


TRIMOLOGY: Custom Pelmets and Cushions

In the second installation of TRIMOLOGY, a series designed to educate and inspire, we offer an intimate look inside the studio of RedHead Interiors. Located in the village of Stow in Lincolnshire, England, Jo Slater’s workroom produces handcrafted window treatments, cushions and small upholstery projects.

Through social media, Jo shares scenes from her studio; a close look at design details that give her followers an appreciation for her skill, precision and obvious passion for the craft. Interior designer Gilly Henson regularly relies on Jo to bring her visions to life, and each of the projects featured in this post are in fact Gilly’s designs. The pair have been working together for several years, a story that may sound familiar as we know our readers treasure these designer/workroom relationships.

Recent projects, including custom pelmets and cushions, showcase construction techniques that we’re certain will inspire your applications of borders, fringes and tassels. Watch as each story unfolds, from wood frames to hand-applied trimmings, and the completed projects in their new homes.


Curved Pelmet for a Cottage Entrance Hall


Pelmet Construction

The project began with the construction of a wood frame.


Construction of Curved Pelmet


Voyage Fabric - RedHead Interiors

Fabric by Voyage was used to upholster the pelmet.


Samuel and Sons Brush Fringe and Voyage Fabric - RedHead Interiors

Gilly selected our Au Natural Brush Fringe in Pale Grey to complement the Voyage fabric.


Custom Curved Pelmet by RedHead Interiors - Samuel and Sons Trim with Voyage Fabric

The top edge of the pelmet trimmed in a coordinating 1/2″ (11mm) Au Natural Cord with Tape.


Custom Window Treatment by RedHead Interiors and Designer Gilly Henson

The finished window treatment, which includes a pelmet and shade, was installed as part of a cottage renovation.



Drapery Panels, Pelmet and Cushion from Gilly Henson’s Formal Living Room


Chrysler Embroidered Border Hand Sewn by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Our Chrysler Embroidered Border designed by Lori Weitzner pinned to the panels and ready for stitching.


Chrysler Embroidered Border Hand Stitched by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Perfect rows of hand-stitching.


Chrysler Embroidered Border - Mitered Corner on a Pelmet by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

A close-up of the border’s mitered corner and hand-stitching of the trim on the pelmet.


Chrysler Embroidered Border on Custom Pelmet by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

Panels and pelmet designs include a herringbone fabric from Lucan Fabrics and our Chrysler Embroidered Border.


Chrysler Embroidered Border on Window Treatement by RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson

The completed window treatment installed in the home of designer Gilly Henson.


Skyla Beaded Ball Fringe from Samuel and Sons - By RedHead Interiors

Our Skyla Ball Beaded Fringe from the Everglades Collection designed by Lori Weitzner is pinned in place.


Cushion Construction in the Workroom of RedHead Interiors - Design by Gilly Henson

The 2″ (50mm) Pirouette Border designed by Lori Weitzner has been added, and the zipper is finished.


Pirouette Border and Skyla Beaded Ball Fringe - RedHead Interiors for Designer Gilly Henson

The completed cushions show how the layering of multiple trimmings creates a one-of-a-kind design.

Custom Pelmet for a Pre-Teen Bedroom


RedHead Interiors - Custom Pelmet in Kate Forman Fabric and Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe

Fabric from Kate Forman was paired with our Dolce Pom Pom Fringe in Gumball.


Pelmet and Panels in Kate Forman Fabric with Samuel and Sons Pom Pom Fringe - RedHead Interiors for Gilly Henson


We offer our sincerest thanks to Jo Slater of RedHead Interiors and Gilly Henson Interior Design for being part of our second TRIMOLOGY post and sharing a closer look at what goes on behind the design.

For more interior inspiration, be sure to follow Jo and Gilly…

RedHead Interiors
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Gilly Henson Interior Design
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Samuel & Sons Beach Club

Recent visitors to our NYC showroom have had the pleasure of viewing the latest in a long line of imaginative window displays. For years, Luis Valentin has been the creative mastermind behind our window designs. This summer his big idea brings a small-scale beach club to Third Avenue trimmed in tapes, fringes, braids and tassels from our Harbour, Cabana, Twist & Knot, LabyrinthCarousel, Printemps and Aurelia collections.

The Samuel & Sons Beach Club sets the scene for summertime fun in high style complete with a cast of iconic Gene Dolls. Every detail was considered, down to the tiny Labyrinth towels, impeccably trimmed cushions, even teeny tiny copies of Architectural Digest and Veranda Magazine. Join us in congratulating our creative team on another job well done!

Samuel and Sons Beach House


Samuel and Sons - Blue and White Window Display

Towels: Labyrinth Border  Ottoman: Harbour Crown Knot Frog, Carousel Border  Background: French Twist


Samuel and Sons NYC - Beach House Window Display

Aurelia Beaded Fringe and Cabana Ribbed Border


Samuel and Sons Beach House Window Display

Carousel Border


Samuel and Sons - Beach House Window Display

Cabana Ribbed Border


Blue and White on Display - Samuel and Sons NYC Window Display

Aurelia Ombré Border and Délicat Silk Moss Fringe


Samuel and Sons Summer Window Display

Harbour Crown Knot Frog


Samuel and Sons - Summer Blue and White Window Display

Panels: French Twist Front Pillow: Harbour Serpentine Braid layered over French Grosgrain with Annecy Brush Fringe  Rear Pillow: Calisto Triple Bead Fringe Life Saver: Printemps Chevron Border and Woven Piping

Samuel and Sons NYC Summer Window Display


See our Beach Club display firsthand at our New York Showroom located at 983 Third Avenue.
For information and to request samples of the trimmings pictured, contact your local showroom.


Kips Bay Decorator Show House

Each year the prestigious Kips Bay Decorator Show House calls on the talents of top interior designers for the benefit of the Kips Bay Boys & Girls Club. The organization, which got its start in 1915, provides much-needed educational and developmental programs for children. By transforming a Manhattan residence into a showcase of design inspiration and the world’s finest interior furnishings, the Show House has raised over $21,000,000 over four decades.

It’s an honor each time we see Samuel & Sons trimmings used the Show House, and the range of styles and creative applications never fail to impress. This year, we were proud to be included in designs by Alex Papachristidis, Drake/Anderson, David Kleinberg, Phillip Thomas, Suzanne Kasler, Victoria Hagan and Les Ensembliers.

Alex Papachristidis Interiors

Show House Design by Alex Papachristidis


Alex Papachristidis


Custom Pillow by Alex Papachristidis


Lamp Design by Alex Papachristidis


Detail of Bolster with Rosette


Detail of Custom Cushions from Alex Papachristidis



DrakeAnderson for Kips Bay Decorator Show House


Custom Pillows from Drake Anderson


David Kleinberg Design Associates

Chair by David Kleinberg


David Kleinberg


Phillip Thomas Inc.

Design by Phillip Thomas


Detail of Design by Phillip Thomas


Phillip Thomas


Suzanne Kasler

Kips Bay Show House Design by Suzanne Kasler


Victoria Hagan

Kips Bay Show House Design by Victoria Hagan


Victoria Hagan for the Kips Bay Decorator Show House


Les Ensembliers

Design by Les Ensembliers


Les Ensembliers


TRIMOLOGY: Custom Window Treatment Designs Using Simple Tapes & Braids

Greek Key Detail | Custom Window Treatment

In a new series designed to educate and inspire, we’ve called upon respected designers and workrooms to share their unique trim applications, techniques and installations. In our first post,  Robin Feuer of The Ruffled Window, a custom drapery workroom in Englewood, New Jersey, shows how simple tapes and braids can be used to create custom window treatment designs.

Roman Shades with Grosgrain Trim

Roman shades in progress for Ashley Whittaker Design.

Custom window treatments allow designers to set themselves apart, frequently calling on Robin for guidance to achieve a desired look. To create curved designs, for instance, she recommends a soft tape like a 1/2″ grosgrain. “It allows you to shape it, mold it and steam it into place.” Once in place, the corners are stitched by hand, finishing the sides by machine


Greek Key Detail

A Greek key detail is applied by hand to a lambrequin for designer Young Huh using our Strata Gimp.


TRIMOLOGY Drapery Panels with Tape

Kenneth Alpert and Andrew Petronio of KA Design Group make a streamlined statement with black tape, using it as a border and to create a pair of wide horizontal stripes.

We’re grateful to Robin for sharing this behind the scenes look into her workroom and for contributing to the first in a series of posts designed to stretch your imagination and encourage creative trim applications.


Oscar Inspiration

This year’s Oscar contenders have been personified in passementerie; translated in trim using iconic images as inspiration by the same brilliant team behind our memorable print advertisements.

They’ve captured the rugged terrain of The Revenant, the authentic spirit and color of  1950’s Brooklyn, The Martian’s desolate, otherworldly palette, and finally, the seductive tones and feminine allure of The Danish Girl.



Brooklyn Set Design

Photo: Fox Searchlight Pictures via

Oscar Inspiration | Brooklyn

From top, Le Jardin Silk Border, 2″ Allegro Pleated Border, Four Seasons Embroidered Border, Le Jardin Silk Border


The Revenant

The Revenant

Photo: Jack Fisk via

Oscar Inspiration | The Revenant

From left, 2″ Hand Embroidered Palm Border, Hammered Nailhead on 3/4″ Leather, Toscana Leather Tassel Tieback, Leather Appliqué on Wool Border.



The Martian

The Martian Set Design

Photo: Aidan Monoghan via

Oscar Inspiration | The Martian

From top, 2.5″ Filigree Belgian Lace, 1″ Sabine Border, Quadratic Appliqué Border.




The Danish Girl

The Danish Girl Set Design II

Photos: Focus Features via

The Danish Girl Set Design



Oscar Inspiration | The Danish Girl

From top, Normandy Silk Ornamental Fringe, Le Musée Silk Bow, Palais Silk Galon, Pearl Opaline Border, Carlyle Silk Satin Border.  

We hope you enjoyed our Oscar series as it unfolded throughout the weekend via Instagram.

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