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A Presidential Suite Featuring the Normandy Collection

We’re grateful to Chicago-based interior designer Kent Allen Kiesey for sharing this glimpse of his recently completed bedroom project, one with a rich history. Now trimmed in tassels and fringe from our Normandy Collection, in its former life this bed was owned by the fifth President of the United States, James Monroe. The bed is now part of a private collection in Virginia.
Samuel and Sons Normandy Collection

Trimmings from our Normandy Collection were used on the bed and window treatment.

Trim Selection by Kent Allen Kiesey

Normandy Silk Beaded Fringe Normandy Double Tassel Tieback, Normandy Silk Ornamental Fringe

Chicago-based interior designer Kent Allen Keisey is known for creating traditional, timeless interiors that are somewhat formal in nature, but with a relaxed quality. Learn more about Kent Allen Kiesey Interior Design here.

Contact your local showroom to request samples of the trimmings see above.


S&S Designer Series Featuring Lori Weitzner

After a successful inaugural event, we’re pleased to announce the second installment of our Designer Series featuring Lori Weitzner, renowned wallcovering, textile and trim designer. Lori will be discussing Gala, her latest collection for Samuel & Sons that recalls notable New York neighborhoods and landmarks. Learn how she translates what inspires her, into innovative collections.

Join us at our New York showroom on Wednesday, November 5th from 5 to 7 p.m. Cocktails and flavorful noshings will be served. See below for event details.

Designer Series Featuring Lori Weitzner

If you plan to like to attend, e-mail to reserve your space.

Each Designer Series event will feature an esteemed guest in the design community to discuss trends, techniques, inspiration and other timely industry topics. Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to receive updates on upcoming events.



Fall Introductions: Four Seasons by Lori Weitzner

In one of her two new collections designed for Samuel & Sons this fall, Lori Weitzner combines her lyrical, painterly approach with dimensional embroidery and her signature sophisticated palette. The Four Seasons Collection of embroidered tapes offers a contemporary take on florals in four seasonally inspired colorways: Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter.

Samuel and Sons Four SeasonsOriginal artwork created by Lori inspires the collection’s floral motif.


FourSeasons Drape pillows1 LRWinter (top) and Spring (bottom)

Four Seasons Collection

Lori Weitzner Four Seasons
The Four Seasons Collection

From Left: Spring, Summer, Autumn, Winter



Lori Weitzner has long been associated with many of the industry’s most influential and respected brands. She has earned recognition through her textile and wallcovering designs as well as several collections in partnership with Samuel & Sons Passementerie.




Explore Additional Collections from Lori Weitzner for Samuel & Sons

AjouréA feminine, luxurious and fanciful beaded border

BroderieA collection of intricate, embroidered borders

EvergladesClassic designs reinterpreted in abaca, linen and wood

Gala (NEW for Fall) – A celebration of New York neighborhoods and landmarks with art deco details



House & Garden Cushion Celebrates the London Design Festival

To mark this year’s London Design Festival, we have collaborated with House & Garden to create a one-of-a-kind cushion. Gabby Deeming, House & Garden’s decorating editor, created a bespoke design featuring playful pops of color. Gabby selected the Printemps Chevron Border in Mandarin, Citrus, Midnight and Fuchsia, and to complete the bold look, edged the cushion in the Printemps Brush Fringe in Mandarin.

House & Garden Cushion

House and Garden Cushion Design

To complement our trims, Gabby selected fabrics from the Poème collection by Élitis, available at Abbott & Boyd.

House and Garden Cushion Design | Samuel and Sons PassementeriePrintemps Brush Fringe and 1.5″ (38 mm) Printemps Chevron Border.
Fabric from Élitis, the Poème collection: front in Fluide magnétique and reverse in Fleur de Jasmine

Special thanks to Pauline at Curtain Design for creating the cushion.



Fall Introductions: Aquitaine and Ajoutée

A guiding principle for the Samuel & Sons design team is that with each new collection, beyond creating beautiful trimmings of the highest quality, we introduce something new, something unique.

Harnessing years of experience, and a depth of technical knowledge that only a select few in this country possess, the level of innovation that we employ with each new collection is what sets Samuel & Sons apart.

You will see advances in color, materials and construction throughout our Fall 2014 introductions, including the Toscana Italian Leather Collection seen in our last post, and the new beaded and bullion fringe shown below.

Aquitaine Fine Bullion Fringe

Aquitaine Bullion Fringe

New for fall, Aquitaine Fine Bullion Fringe is a fine branch bullion offered in a timeless range of colors.
Notice the intricate header with its rolled cord edge and linear border stripes.
Aquitaine Bullion Fringe

The collection offers a palette of 17 colors including Gold and Silver, which combine matte and lustrous yarns.
Aquitaine Bullion Fringe

Ajoutée Tiered Glass Fringe

Taking color cues from Venetian glass crafted on the island of Murano, an art form in practice for over 700 years, our new Ajoutée Tiered Glass Fringe combines silk threads with glass beads in a luxurious, hand-knotted tiered fringe.

Ajoutee Glass Bead FringeEach bead is strung and individually knotted on silk hangers.
The hangers criss-cross over one another and suspend from a tailored header.

Ajoutee Glass Bead Fringe Ajoutée is available in 18 rich, saturated colors.

If you happen to have missed our most recent post, click here to learn more about our new Toscana Italian Leather Collection. And for more information or to request sampling, contact your nearest showroom.


Fall Introductions: Toscana Italian Leather Collection

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.

Samuel and Sons Toscana

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.

Samuel and Sons ToscanaOur 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.

Samuel and Sons Toscana Natural stitching highlights the embrace of our Leather Tassel Tieback. Available in four colors: Buff, Sorrel, Black Bean and Coal.

Key Glamor-5570The Leather Key Tassel is available in 15 colors ranging from neutral to vivid hues.

Samuel and Sons ToscanaA 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.

IMG_1487The supple 5.25” Leather Cut Fringe features the same distinctive grain and soft texture leather as the braided cord.

Toscana Collection Overview

Toscana Collection

View the entire Toscana collection here and watch for upcoming posts highlighting the new Gala, Ajoutée and Aquitaine collections.

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Trim-ology with Michael Tavano

The debut of our new Designer Series featured special guest Michael Tavano, creative director of the Marks & Tavano Workroom. Designers gathered in our New York Showroom for Trim-ology: The Art & Science of the Details. The discussion touched on current trends and innovative techniques; unique approaches to customization. Guests enjoyed gathering with colleagues at an event that was as educational as it was entertaining.

If you weren’t able to attend the event, visit the Marks & Tavano Blog for a few key points from Michael’s presentation.

Trim-ology Event Photos

Samuel and Sons Trim-ology

 Marks & Tavano is a full-service workroom located in New York City specializing in luxury custom window treatments, shades, blinds and home automation. Together with a team of skilled artisans, Marks & Tavano also creates exquisite linens, bedding and wall upholstery.  Learn more about founders Lloyd Marks and Michael Tavano and see their work HERE.

Make sure to follow Samuel & Sons on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to learn more about the next Designer Series event.



Kips Bay Decorator Show House 2014

It is always an honor to be on display at the prestigious Kips Bay Decorator Show House. This year, we were delighted to see Samuel & Sons Passementerie trimming the walls of a space designed by the New York firm, Mendelson Group. Our 1.75” Canopy Braid from the Oasis Collection by Lori Weitzner paired beautifully with suede walls in a shade of deep teal; a rich backdrop for neutral furnishings and a collection of modern artwork.

Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse

Contemporary Spaces by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group

Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse
Contemporary Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse
Contemporary Spaces by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse
Contemporary Dining Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse
Contemporary Home Office by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group Kips Bay Showhouse
Contemporary Living Room by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group
Contemporary Spaces by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group
Contemporary Spaces by New York Interior Designers & Decorators Mendelson Group



Mendelson Group was founded in 2003 by Gideon Mendelson in New York City. Their goal is to provide “functional, comfortable spaces that are not only aesthetically pleasing, but also timeless in design, youthful and energetic.”

See more of their work online at

Photography by Eric Piasecki via

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