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Pantone Unveils New Collection for Nylon Fiber

Pantone UnveilsCARLSTADT, N.J. - A vivid rainbow of fluorescent like colors makes up the first palette specifically created for nylon and launched by Pantone LLC.
     Dubbed Pantone Fashion + Home Nylon Brights, the new collection spans 21 electric shades in a nylon format that Pantone said is intended to provide designers developing nylon products "materials with an internationally-recognized standard for accurate color selection, specification and reproduction." As for its bright nature, the palette was made to "serve as powerful inspiration and stimulate a renewed sense of creativity among designers."
     All colors in the nylon brights collection are dyed in Nylon 6.6, which Pantone described as "a much improved fiber for light fastness and wash fastness over Nylon 6."
     While the nylon palette largely targets ready-to-wear product categories, like athletic apparel, swimwear, footwear, women's wear, intimate apparel, hosiery and accessories, the nylon brights collection also poses new color opportunities to the home sector as "stylish splashes of hot hues."
     As Laurie Pressman, Pantone's vp of fashion and home + interiors, told HTT, the time it takes for trends in fashion to get to the home categories is getting "much much shorter."
     And that includes bold fluorescents on a nylon medium, she noted.
     "After years of playing it safe, consumers are once again embracing color - in a big way," Pressman said.
     The idea for the nylon brights collection came from "the need and demand for more fluorescent shades," Pressman continued. "We've been getting a lot of demand from our clients. We work through distributors but also a lot of clients, and they've been pushing for a nylon standard because it's easier to work with standard."
     Vouching for the new collection is Deborah Lloyd, creative director of Kate Spade New York, which she reminded "was born out of a chic, utilitarian nylon bag."
     Lloyd said: "These bold, vibrant tones, formulated specifically for nylon, [open] up a whole new opportunity to play Pantone Unveilswith color in a fabric that is tried and true for us."
     Pantone, which is an X-Rite Inc. company, is offering its nylon brights in two formats. The first is the nylon brights set, which contains 21 loose-format nylon swatches that each measures 1 ¼-inchs-by-4-inchs and are together arranged by color family and presented on a metal ring. A BHT-free amber UV protective pouch is included to protect the colors while not in use. The second available format comes as grouping of 4-inch-by-4-inch loose-format swatch cards. Spectral data and starting dye formulations - available at www.matchpantonecolors.com - offer quick and accurate color results, Pantone noted.
     As a plus, Pantone said all of its nylon brights collection purchases include the Pantone Color Manager software, which provides digital data for the nylon brights to update popular design applications, including Adobe, Creative Suite, QuarkXPress, Corel Painter, X-Rite i1 Profiler, the Mac OS Color Picker and myPantone.com.
     Pantone's Color Manager allows users to: obtain CMYK, HTML and sRGB values for all colors; extract colors from images and photographs; build and export color palettes for use in popular design applications; access and export all Pantone Color Libraries, including the complete Pantone Fashion + Home library for cotton, paper and nylon brights as well as Pantone Plus and Goe Libraries; preview colors under various lighting simulations to visualize the effect different lighting conditions have on color appearance; create color-managed palettes using industry-standard ICC display and output profiles; and identify colors that cannot be accurately reproduced in print or on screen with out-of-gamut warning alert.

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