• Archroma has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) on a new facility for students that allows them to leverage industry tools in design presentations.
  • The Archroma Color Center @FIT aims to ensure students not only graduate with theoretical knowledge but also with hands-on experience of the most advanced design libraries, tools, software and equipment they will use in the industry.

Textile chemicals specialist Archroma has partnered with the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) to create a new facility where students can use leading-edge industry colour management tools and gain hands-on experience that equips them for successful careers in the fashion and textiles industries.

The Archroma Color Center @FIT has been developed by the firm's Color Management service business alongside FIT's textile development and marketing department and was designed by students under the direction of associate professor Sean Cormier. Key components were donated by Archroma.

The lab features a large-scale colour reference that recreates the 4,320 hue Color Atlas by Archroma as a wall-hung, flip-through display, and a complete six-set Color Atlas - featuring an easy-to-use system of detachable fabric swatches.

Meanwhile, a set of colour design tools representing each shade in Color Atlas has also been donated.

"It's key that FIT students not only graduate with the theoretical knowledge about how our industry works, but that they are exposed to the most advanced design libraries, tools, software and equipment," says Cormier. "With Archroma's generous donation of materials, our students are actually using and becoming familiar with a modern colour selection system that they will encounter when they walk into the marketplace after graduation."

Brad McClanahan, global head of service businesses at Archroma, concurs. "We're giving the students a realistic environment to learn in. These are the same tools that they will use in industry, assembling colour palettes for seasonal design presentations and production specifications. We want the next generation of industry professionals to have hands-on experience with the next generation of tools."