Colour specialist Pantone has expanded its product line with the development of polyester standards ideal for athleisure, footwear, swimwear, sleepwear and the home and fashion accessories markets.

Dyed on 100% warp knit polyester, the products can be effectively used for colour management in polyester, poly-blends and other synthetic materials. The Polyester Swatch Set is composed of 203 new colours, ranging from neutrals to neons, that are not available in the existing cotton library and cannot be reproduced in cotton with the same degree of clarity or intensity, the company says.

"In today's culture where colour plays an important part in our visual identity, we see an increasing desire for more saturated colours that help us stand out; colours beyond those formulated for natural fibres; colours whose appearance displays greater hue intensity, says Laurie Pressman, vice president, Pantone Color Institute. "Our new polyester offering addresses this demand for a deeper level of coloration, resulting in a comprehensive mix of colours relevant across design industries including all fashion- and lifestyle-driven markets, as well as home furnishings."

Intended to complement the existing Fashion, Home + Interiors system, the polyester standards are available in three formats:

  • Polyester Swatch Set: a convenient storage case for all 203 colours in new 2x2" removable swatches for colour selection and palette development
  • Polyester Swatch Cards: individual colours in 4"x4" swatches that unfold to 4"x8" for optimal colour visualisation, specification and instrumental evaluation
  • Polyester Spectral Data: exact dye recipes for each colour to help expedite achieving colour intent in production

"We recognise that designers working in synthetic materials face increased colour management challenges due to the inability to achieve more vibrant and saturated colours in these materials compared to traditional cotton standards," adds Adrián Fernández, vice president and general manager of Pantone. "The addition of standards specifically for polyester materials is intended to satisfy this gap in the market, combining our technical expertise with the colour intelligence of the Pantone Color Institute, to offer our globally-renowned methods of standardisation to rapidly growing segments."