F. Schumacher & Co.
Paris-born Frederic Schumacher arrives in New York and founds his business in the booming metropolis at the turn of the century.
The Most Discerning Clientele
Soon Schumacher fabrics line the most sumptuous rooms in the country, from private mansions to custom commissions for grand properties like the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.
The American Dream
When President Roosevelt selects Stanford White to strip away the White House's Victorian decor, the renowned architect commissions Schumacher to design a shimmering satin lampas—a design that plays an integral role at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue for decades to come.
Schumacher’s sole heir and nephew, Pierre Pozier, becomes Vice President of the firm. Pozier not only designs textiles but taps leading artists and designers to create outstanding Schumacher collections, beginning a rich legacy of collaboration that continues to this day.
Schumacher becomes a go-to source for the world’s leading style setters. Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and decorating connoisseur Edith Wharton purchases many of Schumacher’s French classical designs. Elsie de Wolfe, often cited as the first professional decorator, continually chooses Schumacher fabrics and designs to articulate her singular style.
An American Heiress
Heiress and industry tycoon Marjorie Merriweather Post sources Schumacher fabrics for her Palm Beach estate Mar-a-Lago, one of the largest and most storied homes in America.
Many of Newport’s sumptuous summer “cottages” are swathed in Schumacher textiles, including Cornelius Vanderbilt’s extraordinary palazzo-inspired The Breakers, now a designated National Historic Landmark.
Revolutionary fashion designer Paul Poiret creates a groundbreaking collection for Schumacher full of fresh, exuberant designs that capture the very height of la mode.
Les Gazelles Au Bois
With a signature respect for classicism and an eye toward the cutting-edge, Schumacher is the first major textile house in America to embrace the Art Deco style. A breakout design by Pierre Pozier graces everything from luxury department stores like Bonwit Teller to the most stylish Hollywood sets, including the musical romp A Bedtime Story, starring Maurice Chevalier.
The Big Screen
Vivien Leigh descends the stairs in a famous scene from Gone With the Wind; decorating the walls is Hydrangea Drape, a pattern still in production today.
The Draper Touch
Design luminary Dorothy Draper’s lush, bold sense of colour and scale marks her numerous collections for Schumacher. She lavishes many of these patterns on her dramatic interiors for the iconic Greenbrier Hotel.
World War II
To support the war effort, Schumacher produces textiles for parachutes, life preservers, and other wartime products under contract with the U.S. Navy and Air Force.
Designer Vera Neumann, best known for her vibrantly patterned scarves worn by everyone from Grace Kelly to Marilyn Monroe, embarks on a long and fruitful collaboration with Schumacher that lasts through the 1980s. Several of her original prints, including the ever-popular Birches, are still part of the Schumacher line.
The legendary photographer and designer goes to the drafting board for Schumacher, conjuring the evocative, painterly Halloween.
Lucy Loves Schumacher
The company's designs are woven into the fabric of American popular culture. The print polka dot pony makes a cameo appearance in the era-defining TV show I LOVE LUCY.
The beloved artist and New Yorker illustrator creates lyrical, fanciful patterns such as Views of Paris and Opera, which are still in production.
Frank Lloyd Wright
America’s greatest architect develops a home textiles collection for Schumacher. The Taliesin line remains coveted by private collectors and museums alike.
The Eisenhower Toile
Upon learning that many famous generals in history had been honoured with a commemorative toile, Mrs Eisenhower and decorator Elizabeth Draper devise a design from the buildings, trophies, and motifs that symbolise Ike’s life and career. The pattern is even fashioned into a dress for Mamie to wear during the president’s successful 1956 reelection campaign.
The house collaborates with cutting-edge couturier Elsa Schiaparelli on a collection of prints that incorporate many of the designer's sought after hallmarks, including graphic florals and shocking pinks.
Jackie Kennedy puts her elegant and indelible stamp on the White House using a Schumacher lamps to swathe the walls of the Blue Room. During her famous TV tour of 1962, Schumacher, already an American icon, is broadcast around the world.
The arbiter of cool poses in his London flat against a wall in the still-popular Queen of Spain design.
Met Opera House
The opening of the Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center debuts Schumacher’s dazzling gold-and-bronze stage curtain inspired by Matisse’s masterful cut-paper works.
Radio City Music Hall Art Deco Collection
Inspired by the famed music house, Schumacher captures the rhythms and energy of Manhattan’s bustling city life in a historical collection.
The Age Of Innocence
The set design for Martin Scorsese’s film adaptation of Edith Wharton’s classic novel features Schumacher’s Edwardian Damask—fitting, considering that Wharton was one of the company’s earliest and most ardent clients.
Since 1889, Schumacher has cultivated the highest forms of beauty. A passion for luxury and a commitment to quality are woven into everything we do.
Schumacher collaborates with fashion icon Johnson Hartig to design a breath taking collection that would make it to the catwalks of the New York Fashion Week.
Schumacher opens in the UK
After 132 years, Schumacher opens their doors in the UK. Supported by a range of collaborators and UK based creatives like Veere Grenney, Neisha Crosland, Molly Mahon and A Rum Fellow.