WHAT IS PANTONE COLOUR? Posted in: Design, Fashion – Tags: , , , , ,

What is Pantone Colour?

I’ve searched and searched to find out where the name Pantone derived from. So far I have failed so I decided to hazard a guess and assume that it stands for Paint Tone. Between 1956 – 1961 the New Jersey-based company was a small enterprise that manufactured colour cards for cosmetics companies. In 1962, Lawrence Herbert, an existing employee, bought the company. He immediately changed its direction, developing the first colour matching system in 1963.


My latest article for Utelier is on one of my favourite topics, Colour. As a designer it’s an area that really dictates my finished products. When I need inspiration as well as a guide to enable me to colour match leathers with my trims I always use my Pantone colours.

The idea behind the Pantone Matching System (PMS) is to allow designers to ‘colour match’ specific colours when a design enters the production stage.


If you want to read the full article, please head over to Utelier.

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