Samuel and Sons Passementerie


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.


Custom Trim Restores an 18th Century Folly

Custom Trim in Painshill Park

It is with great pride that we share the work of our Custom Division and their role in the restoration of the Turkish Tent in Painshill Park, an 18th century English landscape garden in Cobham, Surrey.

 “We are delighted to support Painshill Park Trust in restoring their Turkish Tent to its former glory. The Royal Blue trimmings really enhance the grand entrance to this iconic structure,”

Michael Cohen, Managing Director of Samuel & Sons

Custon Trim Detail at Painshill Park Tent

The Royal Blue of the Turkish Tent’s decorated roof was recreated in vibrant bullion fringe and tassels to replace folly’s faded trimmings.

Custom Trim by Samuel and Sons

Custom Trim Detail

Painshill Park Tent

Tent View of Custom Trim

Restored by Painshill Park Trust in 1995, the Turkish Tent served as a place for visitors to take refreshment whilst admiring the Hon Charles Hamilton’s – the creator of Painshill – signature view across the lake towards the Gothic Temple and crystal Grotto.


See more examples of our custom trim capabilities here and learn more from our Custom Program brochure.


Designer Series Event Featuring Roger Thomas

On the evening of July 13th, guests at our Designer Series event featuring Roger Thomas, presented in partnership with Architectural Digest, were treated to a preview of the new Shangri-La collection.  Nearly 100 members of the local design community, including our good friend Lori Weitzner, gathered to hear Roger speak to his creative process and what inspired his new hand-beaded, embroidered collection of silk and linen borders. Following the presentation, guests gathered on our rooftop patio garden for cocktails and a chance to steal a moment of conversation with our guest of honor.

Watch for the formal launch of the Shangri-La collection on August 15th.

Samuel and Sons NYC

Michael and Sam Cohen

Roger Thomas Designer Series Event Shangri La Pillow Trim

“Shangri-La is the city of romantic dreams, the earthly paradise and thus this is a collection of ethereal, hand-beaded, embroidered silk and linen borders which explores patterns through a broad palette of sumptuous hues.”

-Roger Thomas

Samuel and Sons Michael Cohen Designer Series Event
Shangri La Mandarin CloudSeen above, from the new Shangri-La collection, Diamond Constellation and Mandarin Cloud.

Samuel and Sons Designer Series

Designer Series Guests


Roger Thomas Designer Series Event 2015

Roger Thomas and Guest

Michael Cohen from Samuel and Sons

Roger Thomas Shangri La - Copy

Event display featuring Roger’s Mandarin Cloud and Elysian borders.Roger Thomas Shangri La Collection

Samuel and Sons Rooftop Patio Garden

Roger Thomas is the executive vice president of design for Wynn Design & Development has been named to the AD100 four times. This will be Roger’s third collection of trim created in collaboration with Samuel & Sons. Explore his previous collections of tassels, borders and fringes here.

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