Samuel and Sons Passementerie


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.


Designer Series Featuring Roger Thomas

In advance of our upcoming Fall 2015 launch, we’re excited to announce the next Samuel & Sons Designer Series event featuring the acclaimed Roger Thomas. The event offers a unique opportunity to preview his latest collection of trimmings a month in advance of its official launch.  Roger will share insight into his creative process and the development of the much-anticipated Shangri La.

We hope you can join us for what is sure to be an inspiring evening accompanied by cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on our rooftop garden patio.

See below for details and RSVP today for the Designer Series featuring Roger Thomas.

Samuel and Sons Designer Series Featuring Roger Thomas




Spring Introductions: Palais Collection

Inspiration Image 17th Century France

Inspiration for the Palais Collection of Silk Trimmings

Years in the making, Palais honors the grandeur of Versailles and other chateaux of 17th century France. This exquisite collection of silk passementerie employs traditional documentary elements of various silk covered flowers, jasmine hangers, complex jacquard braids and luxurious hand-tied silk tassel fringes. Palais Collection by Samuel and Sons The sumptuous level of color in Palais is matched by its complexity and craftsmanship; the collection is comprised of 972 different color positions within 117 SKUs. Below is an example of how our Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, communicated color placement for each position per style, in this case the Scalloped Tassel Fringe.  Scallop Tassel Fringe by Samuel and Sons

In the studio, Marisa used watercolors to determine the balance and distribution of color placement as seen in the example below of the Silk Tieback with Jasmines.

Double Tassel Tieback Watercolor by Samuel and Sons The collection employs intricate elements, highly complex weave structures, and a mélange of deeply saturated hues built upon a foundation of 17th century documentary trimmings. You will notice multiple sizes of plaited cords on tape, a dimensional guipure coil jacquard border, lush scallop tassel fringe and cut fringe with hand crafted jasmines. Silk Tieback with Jasmines by Samuel and Sons

The leaves and petals on the Silk Tieback with Jasmines are individually wrapped with silk yarns, by hand. The jasmines, again constructed by hand, have flowers which are formed by outer guiperes and inner coils. There is a complex color rotation and intervals at which there are triple flower rosettes.

Double Tassel Tieback

The mold of the Double Tassel Tieback (above) is embellished with a crisscross of guipures and the skirt with hangers of tassels. The Silk Key Tassel (below) and Rosette mirror characteristics from both.

Palais Key Tassel Palais Collection by Samuel and Sons

Palais Silk Fringe with Jasmines

The Palais Collection consists of the 13 designs and 9 colorways. Contact your local showroom or Samuel & Sons representative to request samples.

Palais Silk Trimmings by Samuel and Sons

As always, be sure to follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and visit our recently refreshed Inspiration Gallery to scroll through a vast collection of creative trim applications.


Wonderland Cushions by Mary Gannon Design

Wonderland Cushions by Mary Gannon Design

On the heels of a successful London Design Week, we’ve another bit of exciting news to share from across the pond. London design studio, Mary Gannon Design has partnered with Walker Books and renowned English illustrator Helen Oxenbury to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the classic children’s tale, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

Mary has brought this magical world to life through her collection of bespoke furniture and “Wonderland Cushions” in sumptuous cottons and velvets, several of which have been trimmed in our playful Pom Pom Fringe. It has been a pleasure and an honor to be part of such an extraordinary project.

We’ve included a preview of Mary’s “Wonderland Cushions” below. See her website for ordering information.

Mary Gannon Design Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions

Wonderland Cushions by Mary Gannon Design

Many thanks to Mary Gannon Design for choosing Samuel & Sons Passementerie and for sharing photos of her work.



A Celebration of Spring Collections in our New York Showroom

2015 Spring Celebration

A Gathering of Friends in our New York Showroom

On Thursday, February 19th, designers and editors gathered in the New York Showroom for a celebration of our three new collections: Palais, Seychelles and Labyrinth.

Among our guests were representatives from the industry’s most prestigious publications, including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, Traditional Home, Veranda, Interior Design, Town & Country, Luxe, Departures and Cottages & Gardens.

Marisa Gutmacher, our Director of Design, was on hand to greet guests and offer insight into what inspired the three collections.

Spring 2015 Event

Above at left, Marisa Gutmacher, Director of Design

Guests in the New York Showroom

Above at far left, Joseph Cohen, Chief Technology Officer, and at far right, Nicole Crawford, Marketing Director

Michael Cohen in the Samuel & Sons Showroom

Michael Cohen, President

Samuel & Sons New York Showroom

Director of Design Marisa Gutmacher

Marisa Gutmacher, Director of Design

We offer our sincerest thanks to all who joined us to toast the 2015 Spring Collections. For more information, download your copy of the Palais and Seychelles brochures, or contact your local showroom.

As always, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


Spring Introductions: Seychelles Collection

Seychelles Spring 2015 CollectionFrom left: Wood Teardrop Fringe and Chevron Border in Twilight. Chevron Border and Wood Bead Fringe in Sand.

Our Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, looked to the Indian Ocean archipelago for inspiration when developing the palette, pattern and materials for the new Seychelles collection. The  wood bead fringes and borders display a patterning reminiscent of the sea. Imagine its undulating waves and the impressions left behind in the sand.


Seen below is a glimpse into the studio where Marisa focused her efforts on developing the opaque satin glazed beads used in both the Wood Teardrop Fringe and the Wood Bead Fringe.

“The glazed beads evoke a sleek uniformity, which adds to their versatility. The teardrop and globe fringes will work with many kinds of patterns, fibers and constructions. From dressy to casual, and with a diverse color palette, this collection will accentuate a variety of interiors.”

— Marisa Gutmacher, Director of Design

Seychelles ColorworkA behind-the-scenes look at the development of Seychelles.


 The palette is broad and ranges from naturally influenced neutrals and deep mineral hues to a series of brights derived from topical vegetation. The designs are woven of cotton, a material indigenous to the island chain.

The collection pairs well with textured cotton and linens, as well as transitional  and contemporary patterns. The satin glazed beads complement drier silks, like Dupioni, beautifully.Seychelles Spring 2015 Collection from Samuel and Sons

 Above: Shades are trimmed in the Wood Bead Fringe in Sand, pillows in the Wood Bead Fringe in Twilight and the ottoman features a layered application, pairing the Chevron Border with the Wood Teardrop Fringe, both in Twilight.Seychelles Collection Spring 2015 from Samuel and Sons

Above: The drapery is trimmed in the Wood Teardrop Fringe in Caribe and the pillow in the Wood Bead Fringe in Chartruese.

The collection consists of two wood bead fringes, a 1/2″ gimp and 2″ border.

Seychelles Spring 2015 Collection by Samuel and Sons

Seychelles Wood Teardrop Fringe, Seychelles Wood Bead Fringe, Seychelles Chevron Gimp, Seychelles Chevron Border

Find all three of our new Spring 2015 collections on display now at your local showroom.

All fabrics featured in this post are by Jim Thompson Fabrics.


Join Us For a Champagne Reception Celebrating New Spring Collections

Join us to celebrate the launch of our 2015 Spring collections on Thursday, February 19th. Stop by our New York showroom  any time throughout the day to view Palais, Seychelles and Labyrinth in the company of fellow designers, editors and industry friends.

Director of Design, Marisa Gutmacher, will be in the showroom offering insight on the construction, creative process and inspiration behind the three new collections.

Champagne and refreshments will be served from 1 to 3 p.m. See below for details. 

 Spring Event with Marisa Gutmacher


Palais Debuts at Paris Déco Off

In its sixth year, Paris Déco Off celebrates the interior design industry’s finest, unveiling the latest textile, wallcovering and trimming collections. There is no better place than Paris, streets aglow with the event’s signature lanterns, to debut our new Palais collection, which is on display in the de Gournay showroom.

For those of you unable to attend Déco Off, we offer this look at a collection of cushions, or pillows if you prefer, that bring together the perfectly matched beauty of de Gournay hand-painted fabrics and our Palais collection of silk passementerie.

Deco Off | De Gournay Pillows with Palais Trim

Deco Off | De Gournay Pillows with Samuel & Sons Palais Trim


Deco Off | De Gournay Pillow with Samuel & Sons Palais TrimPalais Silk Tassel Fringe in Mineralé

Deco Off | De Gournay Pillow with Samuel & Sons Palais TrimPalais Silk Tassel Fringe in Amethysté

De Gournay Pillow with Samuel & Sons Palais Cord1/2″ (10 mm) Silk Palais Cord with Tape in Jardin

De Gournay Pillow with Ivory Samuel & Sons  Palais PillowPalais Silk Tassel Fringe in Perle

Explore the entire collection here and download your copy of the Palais brochure.

Contact your local showroom for sampling and ordering information.

Photos courtesy of de Gournay.


Looking Back: 2014 Designer Installations Via Instagram

As 2014 comes to a close, we’re looking back at some of our favorite designer installations via Instagram. It’s been a year filled with Greek FretGrosgrain and Gala. From show-stopping showhouses to photos celebrating install days, you’ve made us part of your designs, and your posts, you’ve allowed us to share with our followers and for all of this, we thank you.

Tharon Anderson Design InstagramTharon Anderson Design

Tiffany McKenzie InstagramTiffany McKinzie Interior Design

Carrie Hatfield Interior Design InstagramCarrie Hatfield Interior Design

Tilton FenwickTilton Fenwick

Jenny Johnston InteriorsJenny Johnston Interiors

Annie LiddleAnnie Liddle

Henry and Co DesignHenry & Co Design

Creative TonicCreative Tonic Design

Henhurst InteriorsHenhurst

Liz Williams

Liz Williams Interiors
Photo by Emily Followill for Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles

Bailey and HartBailey & Hart Interiors


Anne Wagoner Interiors Anne Wagoner Interiors

Kapito Muller InteriorsKapito Muller Interiors

Comft Cozy CoutureComfy Cozy Couture

Beth WebbPhoto by Dorothy Burke, design by Beth Webb Interiors

Laura Lee HomeLaura Lee Home

Kristens KurtainsKristen’s Kurtains

Sally Steponkus InteriorsSally Steponkus Interiors

Welhil InteriorsWelhil Interiors

As we approach the New Year, we would like to take this opportunity to remind our customers how much we appreciate your business and friendship, and how much it means to see our products shared across so many social platforms.

Happy Holidays from all of us at Samuel & Sons!

Samuel and Sons Passementerie