Fashion Week has come & gone in New York, and during the event, the world’s leading clothing designers are showed off creations that will be in stores soon. While the runway presentations might seem removed from the “real world,” trends that are established during Fashion Week tend to influence designers in other realms, from the graphic furniture to the automotive to the tech industries.
The report surveyed the most prominent colors used in the Spring 2013 collections (the fashion world shows off clothes one season in advance on the runways). Pantone’s analysts also identified what narrative the popular colors suggest. In a way, the color spectrum presented in the report also reflects what designers believe consumers are looking for, in terms of products that can address their current mood and desires. The report states that the most popular colors for Spring 2013 offer “a palette that that mixes dynamic brights with novel neutrals to create a harmonious balance. This allows for unique combinations that offer practicality and versatility, but at the same time, demand attention and earn an appreciative glance.” In a time of ongoing economic uncertainty, the notion that consumers are seeking a sense of comforting harmony blended with functionality seems about right.
For Spring 2013, Pantone has identified green as a dominant shade especially in the women’s collections, from a bright yellow-green hue (that Pantone classifies as Tender Shoots, to a subdued pale green classified as Grayed Jade, to Emerald, a bright jewel tone. Interestingly, the report and the designer commentaries do not associate “green” with sustainability as the 2010s are underway, staying away from perhaps the most obvious symbolic use of the color in the 2000s. Instead, they collectively seem to imply that green conveys a sense of freshness, vitality, and simply is pretty.
Other colors that were used often in Fashion Week presentations–and are likely to surface in other products later in 2013–include a lovely, soft yet vibrant purple called African Violet; a super bright, cheery Poppy Red; the coral-tinged, fruity Nectarine; a nearly neutral and toned down Dusk Blue, an alternative to more traditional neutrals such as tan; and a just-slightly-brighter-than-navy Monaco Blue; and the greenish yellow, Lemon Zest.
Source: PANTONE FASHION COLOR REPORT • SPRING 2013
Do you try to support Canadian suppliers? Much of what we use to promote our brand originates offshore but not everything. There is a wide variety of well-made and interesting products which are made right here, eh!
Make your brand stand out in style!
Perhaps you are looking for interesting desktop items which set themselves apart from the typical “office supply superstore” stuff. Schleeh Design in Montreal has many great ideas for you. All of their products are highly stylized and really make a statement. Whether its notepads, desk organizers or something else, Schleeh has you covered.
Schleeh also has the most amazing furniture as well as totally unique vases and vessels if you are looking for more substantial pieces.
Looking for something a little more traditional? Canadian manufacturers have a wide variety of high quality products for you to consider. For instance, DGroup Trevelyan is a well-established supplier of leather and vinyl goods such as portfolios, binders and even unique items like coasters, coin set holders and passport wallets.
High quality leather goods made right here in Canada!
Before you consider an offshore product, why not see if you can get something that’s made right here in Canada, eh!
You’re kidding. It’s powered by only water?
Are you looking for something really unique for the environmentally aware organization? I bet they have never seen anything like this before.
It is a handheld calculator that is powered exclusively by water. Yup. That’s right. No batteries. No wires. Not even sunshine is required to crunch your numbers.
This little marvel comes with a nice gift box and provides you with a large area for your message. How does it work? Science!
Available in quantities as low as 100 pieces, this is a very unique and cost-effective gift that shows you still consider the environment a priority.
Is this the new iPad Mini?
Here is a fresh spy shot from China of what could be the new Apple iPad Mini.
From the images, we can see that it has an aluminum case, like the iPad, plus stereo speakers and a new, small connector which is probably the iPhone 5 Lightning port. The screen looks like a new 7.8″ version of the Retina display.
These photos are courtesy of the same guys who leaked accurate iPhone 5 images so this could be it!
Did you know that MarketingWarehouse.com is giving away free iPad Minis just for doing business with us? Check out our main website at http://www.marketingwarehouse.com for the details!
The portable safe with a built-in alarm!
Here’s a great idea for the active professional. This fully alarmed personal safe can be used in a permanent location but it is totally portable too. Use it at home, in the office or your hotel when you are travelling.
It has a tough, non-conductive outer case to protect high tech electronics and a 24 inch hardened steel cable which can be looped around any fixed object. Attempts to cut the cable will result in a piercing 110 dB alarm!
Compact but big enough for your phone, wallet, iPad or jewellery. When locked, it has a red flashing LED to show that it’s armed. Comes gift boxed.