What better way to head into fall than armed with a luxurious collection of leather passementerie? Today marks the official launch of our Fall 2014 collections, delivering a new range of beading, bullion, tapes, tiebacks and cords that we will showcase on the blog in coming weeks. Among them, the Toscana Collection pairs the finest Italian leather with twenty-first century innovation.
We’ve sourced the finest Italian leathers from tanneries near Florence, transforming them into impeccably crafted appliqués, tassels, cords, fringe and embellished borders. The collection’s palette ranges from core black and chocolate tones to earthen midtones and lighter neutrals.
Our Micro-stud Edged Leather Border (seen above on the lampshade) and the Studded Leather Border (on headboard) pair fine grain leather with subtle silver and brass hardware.
Natural stitching highlights the embrace of our Leather Tassel Tieback. Available in four colors: Buff, Sorrel, Black Bean and Coal.
The Leather Key Tassel is available in 15 colors ranging from neutral to vivid hues.
A couture menswear-inspired twill wool border was developed by our design team and is adorned with an intricate leather cord appliqué. Seen above, Leather Appliqué on Twill Wool Border.
The supple 5.25” Leather Cut Fringe features the same distinctive grain and soft texture leather as the braided cord.
Toscana Collection Overview
View the entire Toscana collection here and watch for upcoming posts highlighting the new Gala, Ajoutée and Aquitaine collections.
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New this spring, Cambridge Vol. II introduces an exciting array of colors with an emphasis on vibrant, saturated brights. Balancing the strength of Citron, Turquoise, Emerald and Magenta are sophisticated, ephemeral greys and matte metallics.
Design director Marisa Gutmacher shares her thoughts on the creation of Cambridge and the origins of her palette:
“Building on the success of the Cambridge I collection, the emphasis in Cambridge II was on color — and lots of it: vivid, bold, bright and saturated yet sophisticated. After evaluating various global color trend forecasts, we worked with our mill to develop the casts of dyes used to create brand-new yarn colors which went above and beyond what they currently carried in their vast range of stock colors. Cambridge II forges new territory by introducing such a strong color statement.”
1.5″ Cambridge Strie Braid, 9/16″ Cambridge Strie Braid, 1/8″ Cambridge Cord with Tape.
“Colors such as Emerald, Pool, Tangelo, Azalea, Fuchsia, Citron, some of the purples, and subtle nuances of some of the new greys, may have been difficult to find in a 1/8″ (2.5mm) cord or 1.5″ (38mm) braid until now. When we started seeing these kinds of colors emerging in the world of fabrics, we knew we needed to translate these colors into trimmings.”
9/16″ Cambridge Metallic Braid
For ordering information, or to request sampling, contact your local showroom.
This spring we’re excited to introduce three innovative new collections: Harbour, Cambridge Vol. II, and Twist & Knot. Harbour offers a collection of sea-inspired, natural linen trimmings, its palette informed by the beauty of the natural seascape. Quiet hues of Sand Dune, Flax and Sea Crest as well as nostalgic maritime colors, Sail, Navy and Lobster, are realized in linen fibers using nautical knotting techniques.
The Harbour Collection in Process
Samuel & Sons’ design director Marisa Gutmacher offers insight into the creative process behind the Harbour collection…
“My focus was primarily on exploring different kinds of knotting techniques and how to translate them into traditional trimming constructions like fringes, tassels, cords and braids. We trialed different size barrel knots until we achieved the right scale, weight and diameter for the fringe. We experimented with different yarn coverings for the beads and multiple iterations of the bead spacing as well as the weave structure of the macrame braid that sits beneath.”
Above: Pillows are trimmed with Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe, Harbour Serpentine Braid and Harbour Linen Brush Fringe. Sofa skirt trimmed with the Serpentine Braid and Harbour Crown Knot Frog.
Above: The Drapery trim combines the Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe with the Harbour Serpentine Braid and the Harbour Beaded and Knotted Holdback. The lamp is trimmed with the Harbour Beaded Braid.
Below: The Harbour collection consists of the Harbour Beaded Braid, Harbour Beaded & Knotted Holdback, Harbour Serpentine Braid, 1/8″ (4Mm) Harbour Cord With Tape, Harbour Linen Key Tassel, 3/8″ (10Mm) Harbour Cord With Tape, Harbour Barrel Knot Fringe, Harbour Crown Knot Frog and the Harbour Linen Brush Fringe.
All styles are available in nine colors.
Our next post will take a closer look at the new Cambridge Vol. II. Be sure you’re following us on Instagram for even more behind-the-scenes photos from the Samuel & Sons’ design studio.