Pantone unveils new collection for nylon fiber

Retail Editor 1, May 16, 2011

Carlstadt, NJ - A vivid rainbow of fluorescent-like colors makes up the first palette specifically created for nylon and launched today 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 categories, 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.

Pantone, which is an X-Rite Inc. company, is offering 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 - offer quick and accurate color results, Pantone noted.





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