PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating



Last month we saw Pantone release 2 colours of 2021 as PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating

Pantone describe this years choice;

“PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating, two independent colours that highlight how different elements come together to support one another, best express the mood for Pantone Colour of the Year 2021. Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, the union of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is one of strength and positivity. It is a story of colour that encapsulates deeper feelings of thoughtfulness with the promise of something sunny and friendly.

A message of happiness supported by fortitude, the combination of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is aspirational and gives us hope. We need to feel that everything is going to get brighter – this is essential to the human spirit.

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colours of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Grey quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

Emboldening the spirit, the pairing of PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Grey + PANTONE 13-0647 highlights our innate need to be seen, to be visible, to be recognised, to have our voices heard. A combination of colour whose ties to insight, innovation and intuition, and respect for wisdom, experience, and intelligence inspires regeneration, pressing us forward toward new ways of thinking and concepts”



This isn’t the first time that Pantone’s Colour of the Year has come as a duo. Rose Quartz, a pale pink, and Serenity, a powdery blue, were its choices for the year 2016.

But for 2021 these 2 colours seem a fitting combination.

For 2021 we expect to see lots of zingy coloured gym and sportswear, with the added Ultimate Grey to keep everything calm and grounded.

Here at Pro-stretch we understand the importance of the use of colour, which alone can elevate a company to succession. We love to keep ahead of the game and we are constantly researching current and future fashion trends for our developments.






As with all fashion focused companies, it is important that we plan well ahead for each season, and refer to Pantone’s colour of the year, and seasonal recommendations.

Pantone references feature in most of all our developments. Most of our brands and their developers, refer to Pantone references and colour standards and we then submit the relative Pantone colour swatch, so everyone has the same colour to refer to.

Even our Pro-Mask are available in a lovely Grey hue, our 3 layer face coverings offer ultimate comfort, breathability and protection.

Find out more about our face coverings HERE

Many of our brand development teams take influence for their seasonal ranges with the colours that Pantone recommend, so it is important that Pro-Stretch can offer complementing trims and labels. Along with our Asian factories we work together to produce a range of innovative trims and labels to present to our customers.

Not only do we develop for our brands for their specific requirements, but we also create generic catalogue samples for inspiration, these can then be developed further for garment use if required by the developers.

These are often colourful, innovative designs that wouldn’t fit the guidelines for brands, but would suit a more generic project.



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Content by Louise Knight (Marketing Account Assistant at Pro-stretch UK)

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