The BELLA+CANVAS Color Story
A conversation on color with our VP of Design, Tory Lowitz
At BELLA+CANVAS, we don’t take color lightly. With over 300 shades to choose from amongst our current range of silhouettes, color is of paramount importance to everything we do. But we didn’t get here by accident, spinning the color wheel and blindly pointing to 300 shades, crossing our fingers for a win. Each and every color is, in fact, a careful concoction – a perfect mixture of both creative intuition and curious observation.
ABOUT 20 YEARS AGO THE BASICS CATEGORY HAD AN EXTREMELY LIMITED PALETTE – BLACK, WHITE, GREY, NOT MUCH ELSE. WE WANTED TO BE THE FIRST TO ROLL OUT AN ABUNDANCE OF COLORS THAT WERE UNKNOWN TO THE CATEGORY. THAT’S REALLY THE LEGACY OF BELLA+CANVAS.
As both a retailer and wholesaler, we know that when we develop a new color, it not only has to work for our brand, but needs to serve you, the creators. We tirelessly develop our own color story so that you can develop yours, uninhibited and free to tell whatever story you dream up. To do so, we constantly turn our attention outwards to the world around us, but not always where you might think.
COLOR INSPIRATION DOESN’T NEED TO BE ANOTHER COLOR. IT COULD BE A FEELING, AN EXPERIENCE, SOMETHING METAPHYSICAL, A CEREBRAL THING TRANSLATED THROUGH COLOR.
When Tory Lowitz and his team of designers think about colors, they’re not just thinking in terms of shades. “I believe there’s a chance that our colors can bring a feeling and offer the world a color they’ve never seen in a basic t-shirt before.”
Let’s take a trip from the ethereal to the practical. Consider this – you’re concepting a new range and you’re not quite sure where to begin with regards to color. How do you develop and express your own story? High level, Tory suggests you “consider an array of colors that offer a combination of textures, richness, vibrancy, and wearability.” But how do we get there?
1. START WITH WHAT YOU LOVE
Ultimately, you need to love your colors, and believe they’ll work. Trust yourself, and commit to those colors you love.
2. DON’T IGNORE THE BASICS
“Data from the last 30 years say that black, the color, sells 40:1 over other colors, no matter what product you make. My suggestion for small startups would be to consider including black in your color story.”
3. KNOW YOUR COMMUNITY
“Consider the community members who could wear it.” You know your community best – stay close to them and keep them top of mind throughout product development. As your partners in this process, we specifically produce garments in colors for which we see a strong potential market. Consider which shades feel right for your customers.
4. KEEP IT CONSISTENT
Producing consistent product goes a long way in maintaining trust with your customers over time, so “make sure you can repeat your colors in production.” Fortunately, we take on the heavy lifting here, adhering to the highest quality standards in the industry to help you deliver the most consistent product possible to your customers with each and every sale.
The beauty of building a brand on a colorful foundation, for both BELLA+CANVAS and for you, lies in the endless potential to evolve. As Tory explains, “color inspiration just keeps flowing. It’s not finite. Every day the context with which we see the world changes – it’s constantly evolving,” and so too can our approach to color.
COLOR INSPIRATION JUST KEEPS FLOWING. IT’S NOT FINITE. EVERY DAY THE CONTEXT WITH WHICH WE SEE THE WORLD CHANGES – IT’S CONSTANTLY EVOLVING
While we may have 300 colors today, there’s no reason that can’t be 500 in the next 10 years, and so on. We’ll continue pushing color further and further, enriching our own color story whilst providing you with the tools to do the same.
IF WE THINK WE HAVE A SUCCESSFUL COLOR PALETTE, WE’RE DEAD.TORY LOWITZ