May 26, 2019 2 min read

The problem - color classification

 So you want to produce your own clothing line? Let's assume you already have a design ready and you tell the factory to produce a sample with the design in the color green.

The sample arrives and you look at the color, disappointed to see that the green color was not exactly what you were looking for. You tell the factory that the color should be more light / dark, and maybe you send a picture of some green color that is what you were looking for.

The second sample arrives and you are happy with the color, and tell the factory to produce 1000 pieces, with some size breakdown.

Some months later you find out there is demand for a matching top, and you decide that it should be produced at another factory that produces exactly the type of top you want. You send them the same picture of the color green so that the colors would match the leggings you already have. You later receive the sample, but realize the factory did not manage to produce a matching color.

Some problems to consider:

  • The top is produced at another factory, and their supplier of yarn might be different from the other factory, our seamless factory in Portugal uses Fulgar as a yarn supplier for example.
  • Different yarn will affects how the colors will look.
  • It is not easy to look at a picture, and see how it looks in real life.

To mitigate the third point, you could send them a legging with the correct color of green for reference. But it would be awesome if we had some unique identifier for different shades of colors, so we can speak the same "language" with everyone. 

Pantone colors - unique identifiers

Pantone provides a system for color classification which is of great help. With it, most colors you can imagine is given a unique identifier / code, which makes referencing colors easier.

Some of our colors and their corresponding code:

Andorra TPX 19-1327
Army Green TPX 19-0223
Chive TPX 19-0323
Ensign Blue TPX 19-4026
Grey TPX 19-3918
Nautical Blue TPX 19-4050
Seal TPX 19-1314

 

With this knowledge, if the first production of your clothing line was produced using Pantone codes, producing matching tops at another factory would be easier, you just give them the pantone color code!

Recently we had a give-away letting our own customers propose colors to produce, the color that won was Heather Rose, which is now soon to go into production for the Vortex model.

Lab dips - seeing the fabric in real life

Another method to choose colors if you want to see how the color would look on fabric in real life, you could order lab dips:

Lab dip is small swatch of fabric, you can be more confident of your color choice after approving a form a lab dip.

Conclusion

If you want to save time choosing colors, be sure to use codes from a well known color classification system like Pantone, so that you can make more informed color choices.

 

 


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