I was trying to write an entry about SKUs (because some people think the style number and SKU are the same thing) but then I got bogged down into an endless spiral of searching for standard color numbers. Way back when, companies used a standard series of numbers to indicate color (which was a part of the SKU). By no means was the color number related to Pantone or other coloring systems, it was just an in-house reference to the primary color of the style. For example, using 001 for Black is still pretty universal, grey was 002, red was 011, white was 081, blue was 076, brown was 021. Do any of you have a more complete listing of these basic color reference numbers? If so, please add those to comments. Thanks.
Maybe I should have been a bit more specific. Evidently, the apparel industry system was based on the NBS/ISCC protocols, the colors of which you can see here. I was asking if someone had the basic stock list of colors as companies rarely use this gamut of numbers to distinguish basic colors. It’s a list of ten basic colors and numbers. The numbering system was not intended for color matching (ala Pantone) just basic color classes to stick on line sheets. Nothing fancy, this color numbering system falls in the category of tacit knowledge. Any old time sales rep will know them as well as they know their own name.