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What is Safety orange? Hunters wear it but why?

What is Safety orange? Hunters wear it but why?

Published by April Spring on Jun 01, 2023

Last year one of my fabric reps, Robin from Windham Fabrics emailed a few cool looking stripes that she thought I would like for FOXERS design ideas.  Immediately I replied... "I love the one that has the flame orange stripe surrounded by the olives and tans!"  I imagined it as a hunter's apparel and that's exactly what I designed. FOXERS Hunter's collection. We were calling it flame orange during creation but while researching the color orange and the looks for photos my husband said it's called "Safety" orange. So we went with that too. So where did the origin of the Safety orange come from? Of course it was a fashion style writer ;-) from Field and Stream.

Hunters did not always don Blaze Orange. The orange vest was a mid-century experiment conducted on a military base.

“Hunter Orange—Your Shield of Safety,” is how outdoor writer Frank Woolner titled his October 1960 article for Field & Stream. It was the first mainstream recognition of “Blaze Orange” in relation to hunting, and Woolner’s article made the case for its adoption based on the findings of a 1959 study conducted by the United States Army, the American Optical Company, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Game, and the Massachusetts Division of Law Enforcement at Fort Devens, MA.

Woolner describes the trade-named Blaze Orange as “almost painfully brilliant daylight fluorescent,” and “the color least likely to be associated with anything else in the world of nature, the color that is most visible in the perilous half-light of dawn and dusk.” end article excerpt. 

The more technical past is....Safety Orange first emerged in the 1950s as a bureaucratic color standard in technical manuals and federal regulations in the United States. Today it is most visible in the contexts of terror, pandemic, and environmental alarm systems; traffic control; work safety; and mass incarceration.

But I prefer to think of it as Mr. Woolner wrote. 

I hope you enjoy the FOXERS Hunter's collection. There are several styles on

FXBOY boyshorts FXBB boxer briefs and FXTHG thongs are due to be added to the collection in June also.

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