The Top Seven Color Trends Predicted by Pantone for Winter 2019

Each season, Pantone Color Institute graces us with their Fashion Color Trend Report based on the stunning pieces flaunted down the runway by top designers at both New York and London Fashion Week. The Fall/Winter 2019/2020 report includes a radiant display of bold and classic colors, proving that this year is all about individuality and expression

Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, describes the collections as ranging from, “easy and sophisticated to strikingly different and unique.” 

As high fashion always seems to trickle down to the mainstream, it serves as a valuable piece of information to help make guided decisions for your upcoming inventory for the colder months ahead. 

Of the total 32 colors chosen as inspirational highlights (16 for New York Fashion Week, 16 for London Fashion Week), we chose the top seven most wearable hues you can expect to see in every shade this winter—along with a few products in similar color options. 

Pantone’s Top Seven Color Trends for Winter 2019

1. Chili Pepper: Pantone 19-1557 

A spicier cousin to Pantone’s spring ‘Fiesta’ shade, Chili Pepper is listed as the leading color for fall and winter this year. Incorporate a touch of the hue for added drama within your designs by selecting tees with statement sleeves, or showing some flavor with an all-red fabric and simple embroidered logo. 

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[Above: J. America – Vintage Athletic Hooded Sweatshirt – 8847]

2. Biking Red: Pantone 19-1650

A fresh spin on the ‘Merlot’ classic, Biking Red is meant to exude adventure. Just as the name suggests, the warm shade is strong, powerful and confident. For the fashion-forward, the color was already seen on Nicole Kidman earlier this year at the Golden Globes. Keep as an all-over basic or screen print a lighter ink shade for bold contrast. 

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[Above: Richardson – Snapback Trucker Cap – 112]
[Above: Independent Trading Co. – Women’s Special Blend Hooded Sweatshirt Dress – PRM65DRS]

3. Orange Tiger: Pantone 16-1358

Fearless and energized just like the animal, this loud color sends a roaring statement. From dresses to color-blocked ensembles, you can expect to see it hitting all the major retail stores come fall and staying through the winter. Incorporate it as a pop of ink on a soft-hued garment for your casual enthusiasts or stock the colored apparel for the fashion savvy. 

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[Above: Gildan – Heavy Blend™ Hooded Sweatshirt – 18500]

4. Galaxy Blue: Pantone 19-4055 

An interpretation of our atmosphere, this elegant blue is a striking winter staple. Played up into gala attire, as seen by Lupita Nyong’o, or down into athleisure pieces—both evoke a thoughtful reaction. For added richness, pair the color with a silver screen-printed design. 

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[Above: Sportsman – 12″ Solid Knit Beanie – SP12]
[Above: Bella + Canvas – Women’s Flowy Racerback Tank – 8800]

5. Eden: Pantone 19-6050

From the evergreen trees we place in homes to wreaths we hang on our door; Eden pays homage to stately winter traditions as a warm sister to Forest Green. It’s meant to provide an alternative to the common navy, black and gray, often worn during the colder months of the year. The earth tone also provides a steady base for an array of customization opportunities. 

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[Above: ALSTYLE – Classic Long Sleeve T-Shirt – 1304]
[Above: Mega Cap – Pigment-Dyed Twill Cap – 7601]

6. Crème de Pêche: Pantone 12-1110

A refreshing take from the normally dark hues of winter, Crème de Pêche is a softer tint of the peach family. Often worn layered, this chic color is a staple to build up any winter wardrobe. Embroider a sleek black logo for simple class or add a vibrant design using the bold shades above for true individuality. 

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[Bella + Canvas – Unisex Sponge Fleece Hoodie – 3719]
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[Above: Independent Trading Co. – Women’s Lightweight Cropped Hooded Sweatshirt – AFX64CRP]

7. Frost Gray: Pantone 17-0000

Listed in London’s color trend report, Frost Gray is a diverse color that conveys timelessness. This color can be sported alone, layered under a cardigan, printed with a monochromatic design and more. It’s a versatile hue that belongs in everyone’s closet. 

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[Above: Next Level – Inspired Dye Short Sleeve Pocket Crew – 7415]
[Above: Alternative – Youth Eco-Fleece Dodgeball Pants – K9881]

Bobby Hundreds Turned His Passion for Art Into a Streetwear Brand

The man, the myth, the legend: Bobby Kim, better known as “Bobby Hundreds” in the industry, is one of the most coveted names in streetwear. But it wasn’t a straight shot to success. In fact, in an interview with GQ, Kim said his failures were the greatest lessons that fueled his ambition to think more creatively—and that he did. 

To understand how Kim cultivated a successful streetwear brand, just look to his undeniable passion for art.

From Art to Successful Streetwear Brand

“You’ll never make money off your art.” 

From an early age, Kim’s obsession with art was impossible to miss. As a child, he could spend hours quietly doodling to keep himself entertained. However, as he grew older, his parents made it clear he should pursue other paths. While they appreciated the arts, they never thought it was a viable career and told him he’d never make money that way. 

Despite this, he continued to take up photography, snapping photos at concerts he was attending to capture the skate culture he was fascinated with. He also began experimenting with writing, designing and other art forms. Though, it wasn’t until he moved to Japan as a young adult that he found an affinity for the streetwear lifestyle and culture. 

The first time he saw graffiti and character art incorporated onto skate shirts—the kind of art he wanted to be creating—it excited him. He especially admired the work of Nigo, the fashion designer behind “A Bathing Ape” (BAPE), and also loved how Harajuku’s Busy Works shop looked more like an art gallery than a boutique. 

At the time, Kim was able to support himself through various freelance jobs, however, the market changed after 9/11. With his parents’ old doubts still echoing in his ears and a desire to be more politically active, he eventually decided to apply to law school. Little did he know, he  would meet his business partner there.

A Turning Point 

While studying law, Kim met Ben Shenassafar after noticing a particularly cool pair of shoes Shenassafar wore. After learning they shared a similar taste in style, the two began developing an idea for a company named, The Hundreds.

After excelling in law school after his first year, he landed a cushy internship at a great firm working for a notable man named Abe Edelman. Tragically, at the age of 48, Edelman was dying of cancer. With his time left, Kim and Edelman grew fond of one another and he would occasionally share his art with Edelman as he drew during his lunch break. 

On the last day of the internship, Edelman told Kim something he’d never forget. After a string of compliments on Bobby’s ability and bright future, he said Kim should never become a lawyer. To be specific, Edelman said, “Do you want to be forty years old and realize you spent the entirety of your life doing something that you never really cared about?”

With art always at the forefront of his dreams, Kim decided to finally turn the sketches in his black book into printed pieces. If only he knew then the impact his brand would make.

From Idea to Reality

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In the summer of 2003, Kim (the “artist”) and Shenassafar (the “business guy”) walked in cold to Fred Segal to pitch their line. They spoke to the manager of the store and acted shocked that he hadn’t heard of their brand. Their passion (and bluffing) skills shone through in their pitch and the manager agreed to sell a few of their shirt designs as a test run. 

As The Hundreds grew, they were eventually able to open up their own store, allowing them to cultivate a community around the brand—just like he used to find in skate parks as a teenager. Nowadays, they do a lot of artist collaborations, featuring the original artwork in the shop whenever possible. 

A lot of valuable lessons can be learned from Kim’s story, but if nothing else, remember these three things: 

  1. Turn negative feedback into positive energy.
  2. Believe in your work or no one else will.
  3. Stay true to your dreams, because your passions can oftentimes lead you to success.

What streetwear icons inspire you the most? Let us know in the comments!

4 Ideas for Mini-Me Matching Themes

In light of the “mini-me” fashion craze, we’re seeing everything from parent-child tees to dresses to hats pop up in the market. In fact, if you search the hashtag #minime on Instagram, you’ll find over seven million results

High-profile celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Beyoncé are no strangers to the style, as they are often seen flaunting matching outfits with their kids. So, why are we so obsessed with looking like our children and having them look like us? Let’s dive in. 

The Mini-Me Craze

If we travel back to the 1960s, mothers used to make clothing for themselves and their children using the same fabric. However, back then these matching styles were usually considered outdated. If only they knew how the style would be highly popularized today. 

Conversely, elegant mini-me matching has long been popular in Russia and the Middle-East. Only in the last couple of years have we seen an uptick in trendiness in the U.S., due in large part to celebrities and social media influencers. 

According to Carolyn Mair, author of The Psychology of Fashion, family members want to dress similarly because it creates a sense of belonging and show of good-standing. Mair explains, “It makes a positive statement about the family to observers, as it’s doubtful that a family or couple who were not in a good place emotionally would dress the same.” 

Not to mention, it pulls at the heartstrings. All in all, the trend is well-received globally by parents and kids alike and offers an opportunity for brands to expand their product offerings. 

The luxury market may be leading the charge, but that’s not stopping retailers from throwing their hats in the ring, and it shouldn’t stop you either.

We’ve rounded up four fun ideas for mini-me matching themes below.

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5 Things College Students Love Wearing

When we think of college we think all-nighters, dissertations and spring break shenanigans. College is a time for education, growth, and discovery, in all areas of life—from earning a degree to crafting a signature style. More importantly, the numbers show that the college retail market is vast and thriving. 

Research by Deloitte revealed college students and their parents planned to spend $4.2 billion on clothing and accessories in their back-to-school shopping last year, with an average per student spend of $279. 

So, what are college students actually wearing these days, and how can your brand cater to the market? Instagram, Youtube, and niche sites like CollegeFashionista can give you an inside look from the student’s themselves. 

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Picking the Right Water-Resistant Jacket

Spring and summer showers are not only good for the flowers, but for your rainwear sales as well. Whether commuting or hiking, it’s not enough for customers to simply tout around an umbrella, especially for those who frequent the great outdoors. Now is the time when many people are searching for jackets that are breathable, stylish and resilient.

Customers want protective materials that allow them to enjoy their active outdoor adventures or strolls through the city without getting soaked from head-to-toe. In fact, an important piece of criteria that many people use to evaluate the best suitable lightweight jacket is water-resistance.  

Waterproof vs. Water-Resistant

In picking the right outerwear jacket for a customer, it’s important to understand the difference between waterproof and water-resistant.

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Dime MTL: How Teenagers Built a Legendary Brand

In today’s retail landscape, online storefronts and strong brand social followings reign supreme. One of the most exciting aspects about the rise of the online retail experience is that success is available to anyone with a real vision, knack for identifying trends, and strong ambition.

Never has there been a better time for mom-and-pop shops and small team brands to make it big. For some true underdog inspiration, look no further than Dime MTL, a Montreal based skate-streetwear giant. The story of how a group of teens came together to create a streetwear staple shows the power of community and niche markets.

The Dime legacy

The origin of Dime began in 2005, when teenagers Antoine Asselin, Phil Lavoie, Bob Lasalle, Hugo Balek, Charles Rivard, Eric Riedl and Alexis Lacroix began posting collections of silly (but impressive) skate videos to the backdrop of nostalgic 90s hip-hop beats. Within a few years, they had gained a small cult following in Canada and decided to make their first batch of 100 t-shirts at a local print shop under the original moniker, “Dimestore Crew.”

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Why Alternative’s “Go-To Collection” Was Made For You.

Every distributor has their list of favorite brands to use for those simple, everyday orders on a budget, and Alternative is ready to be one of them, with their new “Go-To Collection.” So, why should you be excited about this? Because, it was created specifically for YOU, the distributor.

Lower Prices? Tell Me More.

“The Go-To Collection was developed as a response to growing customer requests for lower pricing and more colors in their favorite, best-selling styles,” says Kevin Miles, Sr. Marketing Manager at Alternative Apparel. “With the buying power of our parent company, Hanes, we were able to negotiate lower prices with our vendors, without changing anything about the garments. The best part is that Alternative is giving that savings directly back to the customer, through the Go-To Collection. Everything in the collection is still the same quality and softness.

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The Trend: Crops are on Top

Madonna, Britney Spears, the Spice Girls—what do all these pop stars have in common? Besides making catchy tunes, they were all queens of the crop top in the ‘90s and early 2000s—a belly-baring, controversial fashion statement touting tan bodies and solid abs. Cue the “Hit Me Baby One More Time” music video.

While the trend took a brief hiatus, crop tops have grown to be a major sensation once again. You can hardly walk into any retail store or scroll through social media without seeing some variation of the midriff-baring item. Here’s a quick fashion flashback into one of the hottest trends on the market.

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The “Preuxfessional” Has Arrived.

As the years have gone by, when it comes to fashion in the workplace, each generation of workers has become more and more relaxed. No longer is the suit and tie, or traditional dresses the norm for people to wear at the office. Dress codes have become much more casual, to the point where even athleisure fashion has found its way into the workplace.

Along with this relaxation in dress codes, comes a need for a more versatile wardrobe. Today’s young generation of workers prefer a modern fit, a little more color, and something they can feel comfortable using at the office, on the green, and during a night out on the town. However, because many companies are filled with employees from old generations and new, it can be challenging to find a suitable uniform that everyone can feel good about wearing.

Enter Prim + Preux. A new brand ready to tackle this exact problem, with a line of apparel made to satisfy the tastes of young workers and help the older generation look a little more modern in something they can feel comfortable wearing. Here’s a quick look at what the collection has to offer.

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7 Major Graphic Design Trends to Keep an Eye On for 2019

Whether you design your own graphics for your apparel business or work with a graphic designer, it’s important to stay on top of the trends to make sure your garments remain relevant and are meeting a market need.

Here’s a closer look at seven major graphic design trends for 2019 to help your ideation process:

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