Fret Style

 

The firm takes its name in honor of one of the oldest yet timelessly modern design elements. The FRET design is an ornamental pattern of small, straight bars intersecting or joining one another, usually at right angles. The Greek Key is a great example. The firm blends quiet and luxury offerings in an ephemeral palette for decorating today’s modern interiors. Our boutique offerings of smartly tailored  custom fabrics offer quality, value and modernity, which are the Fret Fabrics style.

Founded in 2010, Fret Fabrics is a luxury design house based in New York City. Fret Fabrics sells through the professional trade which includes architects, interior designers and historic consultants.  Fret Fabrics is unrivaled when it comes to historic reproductions and has the artistic and technical expertise to recreate any fabric, wallpaper or trim back to life, often times only working from period black and white photographs. With a unique access to the best archives and museums around the world Fret Fabrics has an infinite degree of inspiration.

 
 

As Principal designer of FRET FABRICS LLC, Julie Kaminska has worked and collaborated on design and development with the best weavers, printers and workshops throughout the world. Love for the art of textiles has prompted Julie to begin her own luxury business. She began her professional career as an artist and woven technical designer at the Scalamandre mill in 1997. She served as creative director until 2010.While working in the historic Long Island City, 80 year old mill, where some of the most beautiful fabrics and trimmings were created, she was responsible for designing, painting artwork and drafting the complicated weave structures for the custom and new line projects. During her tenure she inherited eight decades of history and knowledge under the tutelage of the Scalamandre-Bitter family. Her breadth of knowledge is flawless in multiple disciplines of the soft furnishing world. She is an expert in technical construction, historic design, the manufacturing of woven fabrics such as skein dyeing, warping, winding, weaving, and finishing, the art of hand printing on silks and other natural fibers, trimmings and wallpapers. Traveling the world and working with the best workshops or uncovering new talent is what inspires her.