Samuel and Sons Passementerie


Chicago Showroom Update Part I

With thanks to designer Suzan Hadaway, our Chicago Showroom has recently received an elegant update. New vignettes offer fresh and inspiring applications, among them are layered looks, creative tailoring techniques and a sophisticated palette of navy, neutrals and a touch of chartreuse.


A Closer Look at Our Chicago Showroom…


Samuel and Sons Showroom



Samuel and Sons Cord

Garland Linen Cord with Tape

Samuel and Sons Chicago Showroom


Samuel and Sons Marabout Trim

 Silk & Wool Marabout

Samuel and Sons Fringe

7″ Cotton Tassel Fringe

Samuel and Sons Chicago Showroom


Samuel and Sons Corinthia and Skyla

Ogee Embroidered Border, Skyla Beaded Ball Fringe, Sabine Border

Samuel and Sons Greek Fret

 Greek Fret Embroidered Border

Samuel and Sons Cambridge

 Cambridge Braid

Samuel and Sons Chicago Showroom


Samuel and Sons Nailhead

 Harbour Linen Brush Fringe, Sabine Border, Round Nailhead on 5/8″ Braid


Stay tuned, more photos coming soon!


Photos by Milton Escalante.


Milieu Magazine: Spring 2014



It is such a pleasure to be featured not only on the pages of MILIEU magazine, but to see our Cabana Tassel Fringe gracing the cover of their Spring issue. Their creative approach to showcasing fabrics and trims marries fashion and interiors in a sophisticated palette of chartreuse and gray.



2.5″ Belgian Filigree Lace in Chartreuse

Samuel and Sons featured in Milieu Magazine

RTC Triplet Fringe from the Roger Thomas Collection in Pistachio

Samuel and Sons featured in Milieu Magazine

Cabana Tassel Fringe in Fern

Samuel and Sons featured in Milieu Magazine

1.4″ Lancaster Lattice Braid in Charcoal


To read the entire story, download the digital edition of MILIEU’s spring issue here.



Story produced by Shannon Bowers, styled and photographed by Maxine Helfman.


Spring Happenings

With the arrival of spring we’ve not only enjoyed a wonderful response to our new collections, we’ve enjoyed ourselves at a handful of industry events and celebrations. Most recently, at last evening’s Design on a Dime 2014 Opening Night Reception. Crowds gathered to see the work of leading interior designers who have created spectacular vignettes that will be offered for sale to the public.


Proceeds from the event will benefit Housing Works, an organization serving low-income New Yorkers living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. Since 2005, Design on a Dime has raised more than $7 million in support of Housing Works.


Design on a Dime_Samuel and Sons_Robin Baron


We were proud to support the efforts of New York interior designer Robin Baron. Our trimmings can be seen on accessories throughout her vignette.


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Design on a Dime Hymie Cohen

Samuel & Sons’ Hymie Cohen is seen here with Jennifer Beek and Georgie Hambright of J&G Design.


Earlier this spring we were honored to sponsor a table designed by Roric Tobin for Geoffrey Bradfield, Inc. at the New York Botanical Garden’s Annual Orchid Dinner. A stunning tiered centerpiece and tablecloth displayed our Cabana collection accented with Seashell Fringe.


Michael Cohen and Roric Tobin


Samuel & Sons’ Michael Cohen (right) seen above with designer Roric Tobin.


Centerpiece Samuel and Sons NYBG Orchid Dinner


NYBG Orchid Dinner


Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information on upcoming events including the Wakefield Design Center’s To  The Trade Market Day taking place next Thursday, May 1. Lori Weitzner will be presenting The Artful Eye: Inspired Trim for the Modern Home on behalf of Samuel & Sons.


Click here for event details.


Lori Weitzner at The Wakefield Design Center

Save the date for the To The Trade Only Market Day presented by New England Home and the Wakefield Design Center. On May 1, 2014 prepare to view the latest product introductions from the home furnishings industry and be inspired by an impressive lineup of designers and panelists including: Thomas O’Brien and Thom Filicia, Stacey Bewkes of the design blog Quintessence and the editors of New England Home Connecticut, who will be reviewing the work of designers for possible consideration in upcoming issues.


On behalf of Samuel & Sons, Lori Weitzner will present
We hope you can join us, see below for a complete itinerary.

Lori Weitzner_To The Trade Market Day




An Afternoon of Spring Introductions

Connecticut Designers: We hope that you will join us for a firsthand glimpse of the latest designs from an impressive lineup of industry partners. See below for details, and we hope to see you there.


Spring Introductions from Samuel and Sons


Read more about spring introductions from Samuel & Sons in recent posts and hear from design director Marisa Gutmacher on the development of Cambridge Vol. II and the Harbour collection. 


Spring Introductions: Cambridge Vol. II

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.”


Cambridge Collection | Samuel and Sons
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.”


Cambridge Collection | Samuel and Sons

 9/16″ Cambridge Metallic Braid


For ordering information, or to request sampling, contact your local showroom.


Spring Introductions: The Harbour Collection

Harbour Collection Sofa with Pillows


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.” 




Harbour Collection


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.


Harbour Collection Holdback and Fringe


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.

Harbour Collection III


 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.



Holiday Greetings, From Our House to Yours

Tucked away in the Samuel & Sons studio, a unique Holiday Greeting came to life by way of countless hours spent planning, cutting and gluing. As you all know very well, even the tiniest details (especially in this case) can make all the difference.


We called upon the creative talents of our Marketing Department who, using over a dozen different Samuel & Sons trims, created everything from roof shingles and tiny draperies to roman shades and pillows that can be seen through the windows. The entire home is covered in gimps, braids, borders, tufts and one of our personal favorite moments, the icicles created from our Swarovski Crystal Fringe and Pisani Hand Blown Glass Fringe. Tell us, what’s your favorite detail?




Holiday Greetings  Samuel and Sons Passementerie


Holiday Greetings_| Samuel and Sons Passementerie


Holiday Greetings by Samuel and Sons Passementerie



Happy Holidays from Samuel & Sons


Materials used in the creation of our Holiday Greeting



Chimney – Lumiere Ribbed Border in Platinum
Roof Shingles – Scalloped Braid in Charcoal Grey
Roof Spindles – Normandy Silk Beaded Fringe in Ivory
Roof & Chimney Accent Trim – Le Jardin Silk Cord in Snow
Roof Icicles – Swarovski Crystal Fringe in Crystal & Pisani Hand Blown Glass Fringe in Acqua
Siding – Lumiere Gimp in Mercury
Half Timbering – Lumiere Gimp in Crystal
Gable Accents – Le Jardin Silk Tuft in Snow
Door Trim – Opaline Pearl Border in Heather Mist
Window Box Flowers – Opaline Cultured Pearl Fringe, Ajoutee Tiered Glass Fringe, Metallic Bullion Fringe in Platinum & Normandy Silk Beaded Fringe in Ivory and Gris


House Interior
Upstairs Roman Shade – Lucente Beaded Border in Antique Silver
Downstairs Roman Shade – Filigree Belgian Lace in Snow & Delicat Silk Fan Edge in Cream
Downstairs Drapery Panels – Laurel Beaded Border & Laurel Beaded Fringe in Pyrite
Downstairs Drapery Holdbacks – Lumiere Glass Beaded Fringe in Crystal


Flowers – Normandy Silk Beaded Fringe in Ivory & Gris
Pine Tree – Annecy Brush Fringe in Emerald Green

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