Samuel and Sons Passementerie


Semi Custom for a Cause

We’re proud to announce an upcoming event designed to showcase the unlimited potential of our Semi Custom Program in partnership with the talents of top interior designers. We hope you will join us on the evening of June 9th for Semi Custom for a Cause. Enjoy cocktails and conversation as Nicole Cohen of Sketch42 moderates a panel discussion including Renae Cohen, Michelle Nussbaumer, Tina Ramchandani, Ron Scinto and Darrin Varden.

Using our ground-breaking new online tool, designers will present one-of-a-kind designs trimmed with their own Semi Custom creation. Each will then be auctioned off to benefit Housing Works.

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to event partners Weitzner, Illumé and H&A Upholstery.

See below for details and RSVP to


Semi Custom for a Cause


Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

Each year, in a spectacular display of creative talent, top interior design firms gather in support of Lenox Hill Neighborhood House, one of New York’s premier  non-profit organizations. The annual Spring Gala affords designers a chance to stretch their imaginations within the boundaries of a table top for ten.

In celebration of “A Century of Design” each firm brought a designated design period to life through a carefully curated display of dinnerware, linens, florals and an impressive dedication to every detail. We were honored to see Samuel & Sons trimmings among these exquisite details, supporting several firms through donations of tapes, tassels, fringes and tiebacks.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

Table by Natalie Kraiem of NK Interiors featuring our Juliette Pearl Border, Artemis Glass Beaded BorderAquarelle Single Tassel Tieback, 2.75″ Metallic Tassel Fringe.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala


Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

Table by Lindsey Coral Harper Interior Design featuring our Seychelles Chevron Border in Coral and Seychelles Wood Teardrop Fringe in Coral and Aquamarine.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala



Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala

Table by Harry Heissmann Inc. featuring our Rhodes Épinglé Velvet Border in Raspberry.

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House Spring Gala Table by Harry Heissmann


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.


LA Showroom Grand Opening

In advance of West Week 2016, we’re celebrating the official grand opening of our LA showroom at the Pacific Design Center with two very special guests. Joining us for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and design are Clinton Smith, Editor in Chief of Veranda Magazine, and designer Lori Weitzner.

Event details can be found below. Kindly let us know if you are able to attend. RSVP to by March 15.

LA Showroom Grand Opening



If you can’t join us for the event, see this previous post for a glimpse of Spring 2016 collections on display in our LA showroom.


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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Spring Collections on Display at the Pacific Design Center

Step inside our Los Angeles showroom at the Pacific Design Center where the new Spring collections are on display. Our talented merchandising team has assembled a dazzling display of Bejeweled trimmings set amidst a backdrop of sparkling Lucite and mirror.

Watch for a colorful collection of Calisto tassels and fringe artfully hung nearby Optix-lined walls and lampshades, adding geometric dimension in a palette of sophisticated neutrals.

Visitors to the showroom will discover a new workstation created to provide designers with easy access to our new Semi Custom online trim design tool.

Samuel and Sons | Pacific Design Center


Samuel and Sons LA Showroom


Samuel and Sons LA Showroom Window


Samuel and Sons | Pacific Design Center Window


Samuel and Sons Calisto Collection

Samuel and Sons Optix Collection

Samuel and Sons | Pacific Design Center

Samuel and Sons Semi Custom Program


Our Los Angeles showroom is located in the Pacific Design Center, Suite B609. The showroom can be reached at 310.893.3330 or by e-mail at



Semi Custom Program

Samuel and Sons Semi Custom Program

It is with great pleasure and pride that we introduce a ground-breaking new program that has been years in the making. Our Semi Custom Program enables designers to create trimmings online, in real-time, using infinite color combinations in different fibers within a curated collection of patterns.

With a cross-section of 54 patterns composed of cords, borders, tassels, fringes and embellishments, designers will have access to unlimited color combinations from a broad selection of yarns, creating their own interpretations of patterns.

Semi Custom Trim Fiber Options

From left: Fibranne, Linen and Rayon.

Throughout the development of the Semi Custom Program, we’ve considered and addressed every possible concern, from product, price and minimums to delivery and color. We’ve anticipated your questions and expect that most will be answered in the list below followed by simple step-by-step instructions.

Semi Custom At A Glance

  • Choose from 54 patterns.
  • Each pattern is available in three fibers: Fibranne, Linen and Rayon.
  • Patterns include cords, borders, fringes, tassels and embellishments.
  • There is a $50 set-up charge per item.
  • Lead time is 4 to 6 weeks.
  • Pricing and delivery information is listed online.
  • The program is presented in two books, one containing all patterns and fibers, the other showing all colors available in each fiber. The books are not necessary to order, the entire process can be done online.
  • Pre-production Approval Forms will include a sample in the yarn fiber,  yarn reelings for each fiber in its exact color and a full-color rendering.
  • There is a two piece minimum on piece goods.
  • All orders must be paid in full up front, no returns.

Tassel Fringe by Samuel and Sons



Follow the steps below to create your own Semi Custom trim design.


Select a pattern and fiber.

Samuel and Sons Semi Custom

Select a yarn color per position.

Samuel and Sons Fringe Screenshot

Print a Tear Sheet and request a Pre-production Approval Form.

Samuel and Sons Semi Custom Fringe

Pricing and delivery information is listed online.

Once your design is complete, you may approve and submit your order online.


For questions, e-mail or call 212.704.8000.


Fall Introductions: Shangri-La Collection

Dreamlike destinations serve as inspiration for Roger Thomas, be it his design of interiors, jewelry, lighting, fabrics, wallcoverings, hardware, or in this instance, hand-beaded, embroidered silk and linen borders. In this, his third collection in collaboration with Samuel & Sons, he drew from the fictional paradise of Shangri-La.

Inspired by the places I love and by the sheer beauty of these techniques of artisanal craft and handwork, I began drawing the most romantic and timeless effects I could dream. These are the qualities I wanted to evoke in Shangri-La.

                                                                                          – Roger Thomas


Elements of his designs for Italian jewelry maker SICIS, crafted using an intricate mosaic technique, can be seen above in our Mandarin Cloud Beaded Border.


Roger Thomas for SICIS

The Nuvola Cuff Bracelet and Nuvola Necklace by Roger Thomas for SICIS.

Tableskirt and Cushions featuring Shangri-La Borders

China Cloud Embroidered Border trims the tableskirt and seat cushions.


Elysian Embroidered Border (on bench) and China Cloud Embroidered Border (on bed skirt).

Shangri-La Borders by Roger Thomas

China Cloud Embroidered Border 

The Shangri-La collection consists of five hand-beaded and embroidered silk and linen borders.
Explore the entire collection here and contact  your local showroom to request samples.

Shangri-La by Samuel and Sons



Fall Introductions: Épinglé Collection

Epingle Collection of Velvet Trimmings

Contemporary and classic all at once, the new Épinglé collection is a first in the trimming industry, a feat for our Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher and a testament to her vision and dedication.

The development process would involve extensive quality and color trials and the exploration of multiple mills all in an effort to produce a superior épinglé—one with a finer denier and denser pile.

Épinglé is unique in that it combines both the loop and the cut pile in the same fabric to render a pattern, a technique that originated in medieval Italy. In the case of this collection, its construction enhances each design—Verdon being a perfect example. In the image seen below, notice how Marisa has treated the color distribution with different striéd yarns, and the loop bordering the cut velvet enhances the simplicity of the satin ground.

The five border designs are complemented by a Swiss Velvet Piping available in 18 colors. As you can see on the pillow pictured at the top of this post that has been finished with our Rhodes Épinglé Velvet Border in Raspberry, pairing the velvet cord with tape and the Épinglé border can give added dimension and definition to your designs.

Verdon Trim by Samuel and Sons

Verdon Épinglé Velvet Border

Samuel and Sons Epingle Velvet Trim Collection

The Épinglé Collection consists of five border designs and a velvet cord with tape.
Contact your local showroom for more information and to request samples

Epingle Fall 2015 Collection


Remember to follow us on Instagram for design inspiration, installation photos to go behind the scenes in the Samuel & Sons Design Studio.


The Corinthia Collection of Embroidered Borders


The Corinthia Collection by Samuel and Sons

An industry first for trimming construction, meticulously laser-cut wool is appliquéd on a dry linen ground.  

With the creation of our Corinthia embroidered borders, we sought to join 16th century Italian architectural ornamentations with an innovative construction technique. Included in Corinthia are four designs: Ogee, Palladio and Greek Fret Embroidered Borders, each available in 2.75” or 5”, and the 6” Acanthus Embroidered Border. Since its introduction, the collection has quickly become a designer favorite.

“The Corinthia collection honors 16th century Renaissance designs from antiquity, while reinterpreting them into a contemporary aesthetic with a sophisticated color palette that speaks to the various lifestyles today.”

-Michael Cohen, President

In the past year alone we’ve seen the Palladio Embroidered Border grace the cover of Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine by way of the black and white Showhouse stunner designed by Beth Webb. And we continue to be delighted by the work of our customers showcasing Corinthia in their social media posts, some of which we’ve gathered below.

Palladio Embroidered Border_Design by Beth Webb - Copy

2.75″ Palladio Embroidered Border in Onyx
Design by Beth Webb for the Home for the Holidays Designer Showhouse, photo by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles via Instagram

Greek Fret Embroidered Border_Design by Zhush - Copy5″ Greek Fret Embroidered Border in Alabaster
Design by Sue De Chiara of Zhush via Instagram.

Greek Fret Embroidered Border_Design by Lillian August - Copy

5″ Greek Fret Embroidered Border in Porcelain
Design by Lillian August for the 2014 Holiday House NYC via the Lillian August blog.

Ogee Embroidered Border_Design by Zandy Gammons

2.75″ Ogee Embroidered Border in Alabaster
Design by Zandy Gammons via Instagram

Ogee Embroidered Border_Design by Hampton Hostess - Copy2.75″ Ogee Embroidered Border in Onyx
Design by Barbara Page Home/Hampton Hostess.

Greek Fret Embroidered Border_EFLM Ottoman - Copy

5″ Greek Fret Embroidered Border in Alabaster
Ottoman by EF+LM via Instagram.

Greek Fret Embroidered Border_Design by Creative Tonic

2.75″ Greek Fret Embroidered Border in Teal
Design by Creative Tonic via Instagram.

Greek Fret Embroidered Border_Design by Carrie Hatfield - Copy

2.75″ Greek Fret Embroidered Border in Leaf
Design by Carrie Hatfield Design via Instagram.

To learn more, download your copy of the Corinthia brochure and contact your local showroom to request samples.

Samuel and Sons Passementerie