Who we are
An international and interdisciplinary platform of colour experts
Intercolor is a non-profit organisation, formed in 1963, whose members are an interdisciplinary group of colour experts, representing national associations and consultants working for global players in textiles, fashion and product design.
Intercolor is funded by annual membership fees and is completely independent.
Intercolor provides a platform for those concerned with colour trends to share and celebrate the diversity of colour influences across the globe. It is a unique opportunity to work together to create an international colour card.
Intercolor currently is made up of sixteen member countries across Europe, Asia and America.
Intercolor welcomes more countries to become members, and can give guidance on how to set up their national groups.
National organisations interested in joining apply to the Secretary General. The application is considered by all members at the next General Assembly.
For more information, contact us.
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China Fashion & Color Association - CFCA / China
Founded in 1982, the China Fashion and Color Association (CFCA) is a national organisation supervised by the China Association for Science & Technology (CAST) and affiliated to the China National Textile and Apparel Council (CNTAC).
The CFCA joined INTERCOLOR in 1983 and in 2004 co-founded the Asian Color Committee with Japan and Korea. In 2007, it won the National Advanced Association award and, in 2010, the CAST gave it the title of National Advanced Social Organization.
The CFCA aims to be the reference in colour. It acts as a guide for the textile industry and fashion professionals and seeks to raise awareness of colour trends in other sectors - beauty, design, architecture, automobile, decoration, etc.
Ms. Xia Zhaowww.fashioncolor.org.cn
Swiss Textile Federation / Switzerland
The Swiss textiles and clothing industry focuses on the manufacture of high-quality products in both the clothing and household textiles segments as well as in the broad field of technical textiles.
Innovation, high quality in function and design as well as a sustainable production are distinctive features of the Swiss textiles industry.
Swiss Textiles represents the interests of 200 member companies.
The Federation plays an active role in the economic policy opinion-shaping process.
Ms. Priska Gätziwww.swisstextiles.ch
Deutsches Mode Institut - DMI / Germany
Initiated in 1927, the Deutsche Mode-Institut (DMI) was founded in the early 1950s by the main representatives of the textile, fashion and interior design sectors.
The DMI now supplies its 400 member firms with colour and material trend information and sends colour ranges to nearly 2500 subscribers. It also publishes trend books and newsletters with fashion forecasts and sociocultural information.
The DMI teams regularly organise events, congresses and press and public relations operations to promote and publicise the know-how of German firms.
Mr. Niels-Holger Wienwww.deutschesmodeinstitut.de
Danish Color Board - DCB / Denmark
The Danish Color Board (DCB) is a brand-new group started in 2016. The members come from fashion & interior, textile and professionals working in architecture, product design, etc. Some from big companies, some from smaller and some are design-studios: a broad base. What unites us is our dedication to design, colours and sharing.
DCB is self-financed and organised as an ordinary club.
Ms. Marie-Louise RosholmInstagram: DanishColorBoard
Ms. Dorte Lenau Klint
Escola Superior de Disseny - ESDI / Spain
The ESDI was created in 1989 by the FUNDIT (Textile Design Foundation), a foundation set up to support the design culture. Associated with Ramon Llull University (URL), it is a leading centre and a reference for the promotion of Spanish design.
In 1992, ESDi becomes the first centre in Spain in teaching Design university studies awarding the own Degree of Ramon Llull University «Official Undergraduate Degree in Design».
Since the year 2008-2009 ESDi teaches Official Undergraduate Degree in Design as a centre attached to Ramon Llull University, following the guidelines settled by the European Higher Education Area (EHEA). In this way, ESDi-URL has become the first Spanish university offering Official Undergraduate Degree in Design in all its itineraries: Graphic, Product, Interior, Fashion, Audiovisual and Multidisciplinary Integration (Design Management).
One of the school's main aims is to develop an international network of organisations and companies; it has therefore taken part in INTERCOLOR's activities since 2012.
Ms. Encarna Ruiz Molinawww.esdi.es
M. Miguel Gonzalez
ICfin RY / Finland
Finland joined INTERCOLOR in 1978 through Tekstiilivaltuuskunta, predecessor of the Federation of Finnish Textile and Clothing Industries Finatex. The current representative for Finland ICfin ry was founded in 2004 by a group of professionals working in various fields of design and with a deep connection to the industry and trade. ICfin ry is a non-profit association that promotes colour trends to member firms in textile and fashion, cosmetics and consumer goods, interior and graphic design - all fields where colour plays important role.
ICfin ry offers firms, organisations and schools numerous tools and activities: monitoring and awareness of international trends adapted to the Scandinavian market, twice-a-year colour forecasts, consultancy and seminars. It also provides trend information to the Finnish media.
Ms. Tuija Maija Piironenwww.icfin.com
Ms. Maija Arela
Mr. Harri Helorinne
Comité Français de la Couleur - CFC / France
The Comité Français de la Couleur has been exploring present and future colours since 1959. At first a non-profit association set up by Fred Carlin for fashion and textile manufacturers, the Comité Français de la Couleur has gradually extended its scope to all consumer and design sectors: design, luxury, gastronomy, etc.
It aims to change perception of colour and to optimise its role through various activities: preparing seasonal trend ranges, organising conferences or taking part in events that encourage thinking about and reactions to topical themes.
The Comité Français de la Couleur's members are designers, researchers, style, marketing or communication managers, all leaders in their respective fields. Whether they are free lancers or representatives of large groups, luxury brands, trade fairs, schools and institutions, they make up a hotbed of creators and colour professionals.
Mr. Olivier Guilleminwww.comitefrancaisdelacouleur.com
Ms. Suzanne Marest
Mr. Dominique Cuvillier
Ms. Patricia Beausoleil
British Textile Colour Group - BTCG / Great Britain
The British Textile Colour Group (BTCG) was created in London in 1976 to replace the British Colour Council, and the same year joined INTERCOLOR. Fully self-financing, its first members illustrate the strong influence of raw materials and fibre producers at that time, with representatives from the International Wool Secretariat, (now Woolmark), Cotton Council International, Courtaulds, ICI, etc.
The BTGC is a network for sharing ideas with designers who work with colour in a wide range of sectors: fashion, footwear, sport, automobile, beauty, food, interiors.
Its twice-yearly meetings are an opportunity to discuss intuitions about trends and colours and to share experiences and 360° views with an international audience.
The BTCG is an informal creative community which does not publish its work, which explains the deliberate lack of a website and any distribution of colour ranges.
Ms. Joanna Bowring
Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design – MOME / Hungary
Hungary has joined Intercolor in 1974. The country was first represented by the Hungarian Fashion Institute, founded in 1951. From 2018 Hungary has been represented by Moholy-Nagy University of Art and Design Budapest (MOME), which is one of the most significant European institutions of visual culture due to its traditions and intellectual background. MOME’s ambition is to further broaden its international relations. It welcomes every professional co-operation which inspires its educational and artistic work. MOME is an intellectual platform with the aim of setting up creative process in order to enhance design consciousness in Hungary.
The Design Institute of MOME is a vibrant place providing high standard training for its students. It considers equally important to preserve tradition and to integrate the most up-to-date knowledge into its training. Based on its research activity in past and future, it combines innovation and tradition, and through this it brings to life new design and art qualities.
Mr Pál Koóswww.mome.hu
Ms Hedvig Harmati
Ms Zsófia Asegu
Ms Györgyi Falvai
Color Coloris - Italian Color Insight / Italy
Color Coloris - Italian Color Insight was founded with the name of MIC (Moda Italiana Colore) in 1990 and joined INTERCOLOR in the same year. It is a non-profit association of well-known professionals who share their knowledge on colour concepts and its development in various fields.
One of its main aims is to forecast colour trends in fashion and in other sectors and products in which colour is key. A collective endeavour bringing together intuitive minds and skills, keeping close watch on market and social changes and identifying new needs and emerging trends. The result of this joint work is a set of colour ambiances and mood pictures expressing Italian culture and style.
Color Coloris organises workshops and lectures on international colour forecasts and designs and produces theme exhibitions focused on colour.
Ms. Grazia Billiowww.colorcoloris.com
Mr. Martino Nencioni
Mr. Vittorio Giomo
Ms. Ornella Bignami
Ms. Mirella Becucci
Japan Fashion Color Association - JAFCA / Japan
The Japan Fashion Color Association (JAFCA) was founded in 1953 with the motto: «Color Creates Value». Its objectives from the outset have been the study, promotion and enhancement of the impact of colours in all design and manufacturing sectors. JAFCA's members come from various industrial sectors: fashion, technology, automobile, design, decoration, cosmetics, etc.
It proposes services centred on trends and materials research through consultancy, congresses, national or international events. It has gradually extended its field in response to consumer expectations and cultural factors.
Mr. Tohru Ohzekiwww.jafca.org
Ms. Kahoru Ohsawa
Korea Color & Fashion Trend Center - CFT / South Korea
Founded in 1992, the Korea Color & Fashion Trend Center (CFT) is the influential organization representing the creative trend research sector. One of its aims is to forecast insightful color trends in fashion and in various fields merged with hip lifestyle. The CFT team ultimately aims to raise awareness of color trends in overall culture. Based on the vision, the organization provides the country's large firms with information on trends and social changes, market studies, consultancy and training. The CFT joined INTERCOLOR in the same year it was established. Participating in INTERCOLOR's activities, the CFT extends its influence on the international scene and exchange ideas and skills with other countries. The information it obtains is widely relayed in Korea.
Ms. Namhee Leewww.cft.or.kr
Ms. Jae Yun Moon
ANIVEC/APIV / Portugal
ANIVEC / APIV has its origins in the tailor's guilds of the middle ages. In 1975, it was transformed into the Industrial Clothing Association, and 1981 into ANIVEC - National Association of Clothing Manufacturers, merging in 2003 with APIV.
ANIVEC/APIV is the most important organisation representing Portuguese fashion and the clothing sector, with its head office in Porto and an office in Lisbon. It provides services related to trends and design, training, internationalization, labelling, standardization, quality, environment, occupational health and safety, licensing, legal and collective bargaining, economic and statistics.
It is part of Modatex (Professional training centre for the textile industry). ANIVEC/APIV is an active member of GINETEX - International Association for Textile Care Labelling and IFTF-International Fur Trade Federation, ANIVEC/APIV is an INTERCOLOR member since 1990.
Ms. Cristina Cunhawww.anivec.com
Thailand Institute of Fashion Research / Thailand
Thailand Institute of Fashion Research is a public organisation which was founded in 2008 and joinded INTERCOLOR the same year. Aiming to develop fashion and textile industry in Thailand and ASEAN, inFASH works through research and application of academic knowledge to the industry: an added value which combines science and art, the emotional and the functional.
Under the contribution from University of Technology Rajamungala Krungthep who supports the institute's resources and its location in central Bangkok which facilitates international relations, inFASH brings together leading manufacturers academics and government organisations.
InFASH offers extra activities such as trend research with the publication of specialised trend books, education with full training courses and vocational training, personalised consulting for companies, international development.
Rajamangala University of Technology Krungthepwww.infashthailand.com
Mr. Satit Chanjavanakul
Mr. Satit Teeraprasert
34Color.IST / Turkey
Turkey has been present at INTERCOLOR since 1996 through the TCMA (Turkish Clothing and Manufacturers).
In 2009, Ümit Ünal and Özlem Süer, fashion designers and «artists» with an international vision, set up their own structure in Istanbul, called 34Color.Ist. Their exchanges with INTERCOLOR have enabled them to develop colour expertise within Turkish companies wanting to keep up with the trends.
Mr. Ümit Ünal
Ms. Özlem Süer
Cosmetic Executive Women - CEW / USA
Cosmetic Executive Women, Inc. (CEW) is a nonprofit, professional organization based in New York City with more than 6,000 members, both men and women, from over 1,700 companies in the beauty and related industries. CEW brings the beauty community together, at every stage of their careers, from every facet of the industry. CEW leads the conversation in beauty, addressing topics that are shaping the future of the industry and provides unparalleled access to industry influencers and thought leaders. CEW provides the connections, tools and leadership development resources to move careers forward. CEW recognizes professional achievement and innovation in the industry to inspire the next generation of leaders.
CEW has a special collaboration with Beautystreams, the premier trend forecasting service who works closely with top global beauty companies worldwide. Together, CEW and Beautystreams contribute their color and trend expertise to INTERCOLOR.
Represented by Beautystreamswww.cew.org
Ms. Lan Vu
Mr. Michael Nolte
What we do
We exchange points of view to offer guidance on international colour trends.
The Intercolor Congress is held twice a year. Each Intercolor member country hosts the meeting in turn and during the meeting, each presents their concepts for the season and their views on changes in colour and lifestyle in general to be used as a basis for trend development. Each member is given a copy of all the national colour proposals.
The discussions and the exchange of concepts and ideas underpin the colours; telling the story and understanding the background are increasingly as significant as the colours themselves.
At the end of a 2-day meeting, the members agree on the Intercolor colours and themes for a season.
So, 24 months ahead of each season (eg May 2018 for Spring-Summer 2020, November 2018 for Autumn-Winter 2020-21), there is an international statement on colour, serving as a source of further development and helping decision making in myriad industries from automotive to cosmetics.