Clothes of the Eighties, Units, also Multiples by Sandra Garrett
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Sex: female
Type of clothing: mostly cotton/polyester knit separates
When it was popular: 1980's to early 1990's
Description: Units was founded by Sandra Garrett of Texas based upon a fashion design school project. Units was controlled by others who eventually sold it to J.C. Penney. Meanwhile, Ms. Garrett tried again under the Multiples by Sandra Garrett label available in boutiques within Macy's. Neither label survived.
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Thelma - September 29, 2007 - Report this comment
I still wear the Multiples I bought in the 80s The colors are still vivid and best of all the elastic is like new. I am retired now but wore these for work for 15 years. When the Bon Marche closed them out I bought even more! I even have the video tape. They are wiorderful!!!!!
Lisa S. - October 25, 2007 - Report this comment
I worked my way through college and sold Multiples in Macys...I made thousands and thousands of dollars!!It was INSANE how popular they were...for just a while! Have'nt heard a thing about them in years. Fun memory though!
Leah C. Tucson, AZ - November 22, 2007 - Report this comment
I was in high school when I found a Units store in the mall. I loved the simplicity and solid colors and how everything matched everything. I bought as much as I could afford. Then 15 years later, I met a woman who sold Multiples and I bought those too. I didn't know they were from the same designer, but they were obviously the same style. I still have the pants, bandeaus, tops, ties, skirts and dusters. None of them have worn out. I wish they'd bring them back! leah88@gmail.com
EAC - January 01, 2008 - Report this comment
It is unfortunate that Multiples/Units went by the way side. Just last week I was hand washing a Multiples a-line skirt that still looks as new as the day I bought it. I still have a navy blue dress that I still get complements on. Multiples/Units were truly the best thing since sliced Wonder bread. No matter how big or how small I have gotten, Multiples stayed by my side.
Jen Laura & Carrie - January 17, 2008 - Report this comment
We were reminiscing about out Multiples outfits when we were kids... anyone have pictures of any of the clothes? Please post if you do!!
Cher H. - January 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I am finding Multiples at Von Maur Department stores in the Chicago suburbs. The logo is the same and the quality looks to be very nice.
CMD - January 27, 2008 - Report this comment
My first "real" job out of MSU was a co-assistant manager of the first Units store to open in Michigan. What a hoot! I only stayed for 1/2 a year but remember those days vividly. I tend to keep clothes forever so it surprises me that I don't still have at least a few pieces stored in the back of my closet. I remember my heather grey mock turtle-neck and straight skirt. I loved that outfit!
karen tirio - February 04, 2008 - Report this comment
I have packages and packages of these clothes. Some still in the original pkg. I bought as many of these as I could back in the mid 80's early 90's. I loved these but barely wore them. I was always "saving" them for good. They have been stored in a box window seat all this time. I must have thousands of dollars in Multiples! with a few Units too. Multiples were the best quality jersey! Didn't fade, pill or wear out! And great for travel. I'm thinking of opening an EBay store for these.
cin - February 18, 2008 - Report this comment
weren't these the pieces that were convertable too? Like the shirt would have such huge arms that you could wear it as a shirt with the cuffs scrunched up & ruched at your wrists or, alternatively, turn it upside down, put your legs into the sleeves, pull it up & cinch at the waist with oh, I don't know, a sleeveless tank that also served as a scarf/tie/belt? ?? :-) I may be 'stretching' it a bit much, but I thought they were sort of 'convertible' or somthing.
danielle - February 19, 2008 - Report this comment
I adored Units and kept one of the shirts for years and years. I wish I had those clothes again, they were so comfortable and versatile. Yes, they had some convertible aspects but not so extreme like shirt to pants.
trace in Vegas - March 18, 2008 - Report this comment
I'll post a picture of me in my out fit as soon as I can complete it! Its a green and black stripe long sleeve top with green pants with black polka dots! How 80's is that! I wore it every St Paddys day for 11 years! vilntlv@aol.com
ginammattia@yahoo.com - April 06, 2008 - Report this comment
My daughter is going to an 80's party this weekend- i wish i could find her a multiples outfit (new) for her to wear-macy's had a whole dept for these things back then
m2two@hotmail.com - April 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I am interested in a picture of "Units". My sister has a STRONG desire to purchase some! Anyone willing to sell please email me with "units" in the subject line. Thanks!
Vicki - April 15, 2008 - Report this comment
I just found a brochure from Units that shows all the pieces, and how to put them all together! I love seeing how "cool" we thought we were!
Kate - April 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Someone please post some pictures, or at least put the video on YouTube!!
Susan - May 23, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Units - still have a couple of skirts and tops. Her pants were the most comfortable pants I've ever worn - wish they were available again.
Amber - June 04, 2008 - Report this comment
To karen tirio - I am attending an 80s party next month and WOULD love to buy some Units from you. The girls would just die. Please post more information if you wish to sell as stated in your post!!
kim - June 24, 2008 - Report this comment
i just love these things!! i wore mine out! the one i think i have left is in sad shape. i wish she would bring them back or at least start her own web store of them!! i just wish i could find a pattern or two of them, or maybe buy a few so i could take them apart and used them for patterns. i think i ma still have the jumper in some box some where. i am going to have to start digging soon. if anyone has any they would like to sell please contact me! magickmamalj@hotmail.com i will take used ones as long as they are good enough shape to use as patterns. i will even sew some new ones for you if you like.
kim - June 24, 2008 - Report this comment
while looking hard to find some of these fabulous clothes i found these articles, i thought you all might find fun to read about Multiples/"units" by Sandra Garrett. http://www.styleportfolios.com/portfolio.php?username=SandraGarratt http://www.people.com/people/archive/article/0,,20099252,00.html http://www.answers.com/topic/sandra-garratt?cat=biz-fin http://www.inc.com/magazine/19880801/5902.html http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=940DE2DA163AF93BA25753C1A96E948260&sec=&spon=&pagewanted=all
kim - June 24, 2008 - Report this comment
hey after hours and hours of looking i have found Sandra Garrat's web site http://homepage.mac.com/sandragarrattdesign/Menu1.html and she is selling Multiples on it!! http://homepage.mac.com/sandragarrattdesign/PhotoAlbum13.html HAPPY SHOPPING EVERYONE!!!!
gail - July 17, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG - the memories this brings back. I wore Units to work every day. Big hair, big shoulders pads, and those great belts you could also wear in your hair. I would put on my Cyndi Lauper boots and out the door to conquer the world!
Wendy - July 21, 2008 - Report this comment
I love Multiples and wore them for many years. I would love to be able to get some pieces...Sandra, if you opened a store in Califonia, how woould I go about ordering pieces? I live in NYC.
NancyJ - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
I too adored Multiples. I still have a stack in my closet. When I sort through what has to go, I just can't bring myself to toss them out. It was a no brainer getting dressed and so super confortable. Can't wait to check out the new site.
JK - September 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Weep no more, my ladies! Go get your hands on the latest JC Penney catalog (Fall/Winter 2008). Or go online. They sell Units, updated for the 21st century. You're welcome!
Linda - September 06, 2008 - Report this comment
I wore multiples all through the Studio 54 days, and what a hit. I was constantly asked where my outfits came from. I would wear the 48" tube and wrap 2 or 3 smaller ones around the midsection and they were the hottest most comfortable outfits. Thank you for designing such versatile, comfortable, and great clothes.
oughtm11 - September 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Oh, thank God for this website!! I was going insane trying to think of what this clothing line was called. I loved these clothes!!!!! Wish I had kept the huge collection I had. And wish I could find these clothes again. They were just so comfortable.
Azure - September 16, 2008 - Report this comment
OMG! Thank you for Sandra's website! I regret letting go of my Multiples, especially my navy blue jumpsuit, more than any clothing I've ever had. I can hardly believe they're available again!
Eve Ellsworth - October 03, 2008 - Report this comment
I wore these clothes in the late 80s/early 90s and loved them. Got as many pieces as I could.....OMG I even had a navy jumpsuit.....a long grey dress that I even wore pants under, a sash, etc. etc........I want them now, I need them now......does anyone know where I could possibly get ahold of some of the pieces?????
Janet Martin - October 23, 2008 - Report this comment
What a great product under the wrong management. I also have two tops still from Units that I bought at the Freehold Mall when they first opened. I also wish I had more and could buy more now. My black top is still like new after all these years of wearing and washing but my beige top needs to be replace NOW!!!
Kim Carter - October 31, 2008 - Report this comment
There was a home party type business that sold knitwear like this - but I don't think it was Units or Multiples (as they were in-store retail). Does anyone know for sure or what the name of the home party line was called???
NIta - November 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I think the home party company was called Weekender Wear. I believe as of this year they have gone belly up as well.
Anda Ransoe Gill - November 13, 2008 - Report this comment
My favorite outfit was green and white. I also loved wearing a matching headband with bow with my outfit. I still wear Units to work at least 1 day a week.
Emily Day Whynot - November 14, 2008 - Report this comment
My unit outfit was red top and bottom with a black sash in the middle. I wore it with flats that matched the sash. The elastic allowed me to move with comfort. Loved em!
Paige Preston Byrne - November 14, 2008 - Report this comment
Whoa, i absolutely loved them. You can just shimmy all over the place in these things. So versatile. I love the all red with white in the middle. Some of mine have shoulder pads.
Josi - December 03, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved these!! I would wear this enourmous jumpsuit in black, and "cinch" it up and over with one of those wide tube belts. I think they were pricey at the time, because I never saw myself coming and going, and people always wanted to know about the outfit.
Y Reilly - December 09, 2008 - Report this comment
When I lived in Spain for a short while, we did a fashion show of Multiples and the various ways they could be worn. These items were very versatile and I loved to wear them, they need to bring them back! Absolutely gorgeous concept.
Karen Wilson - January 16, 2009 - Report this comment
I used to have Units and would love to wear some again. If anyone knows of any for sale, please contact me ktwla.home@yahoo.com.
Carol Fleming - January 22, 2009 - Report this comment
WooHoo for Multiples! Can't wait Sandra for 2009 line. carol.fleming21@comcast.net
Kelly - January 23, 2009 - Report this comment
Although I was a little young at the time, I adored Units--my sister wore them and I thought it was so cool. I'll never forget the day I got an entire outfit form Units at the mall--a green jumpsuit with white tube belt (aka skirt, headwrap, tube top, etc.). I must have been 12, but I adored that outfit.
April - January 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I absolutely adored units, I was in junior high and then highschool when they were all the rage. I have a ton, ton of pictures of me in them. I remember using one of the tubes scrunched up as a belt then having two other ones done up somehow in the middle so it was a kind of intricate tube belt. I had purple, green, black and god I don't even know..just a bunch of them. I found one green tube belt I had..of course now I could use it as a tube top! When units first came out they were all solids and then later on patterns were added. Does anyone remember that they had little triangles cut out in the arm pit areas! I have gone to the website and I am thinking I will have to buy a shirt and the pajama pants that she has! Can't wait for the new line to come out!
Patricia Fields - February 07, 2009 - Report this comment
Thank goodness Sandra is going to start up the Units line again. I'm from Dallas and loved the Units store at the Galleria on LBJ.
Patricia Fields - February 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I still have a few of my units items-black baggy pants, a short sleeved white turtle neck, and a great pink boatneck dress that I could belt with almost anything, the width of the shoulders hung over my narrow padded shoulders to make a sleeve, and I could just pull the dress up until it was the length I wanted and best of all, never got wrinkled! Please tell me you will be continuing the basic solid color knit pieces that were so easy to mix and match. I think I also still have a white turtle neck top in textured knit as well. The baggy pants reminded me of my old Braniff flight attendant pants that we could pull up over our knees to look like harem pants. I personally preferred the solid color knits, but also liked the striped knits for dresses. Think I also had a red & white stripe skirt that I wore with the white turtle neck and a red knit belt. In the 80's I traveled on business a great deal, and these were perfect for travel and could be worn easily with a jacket or blazer. Please let all your fans know when your new line becomes available. You could sell online from your store and just mail the items to your customers. You wouldn't even have to go through the markups that retailers require and keep the prices lower. I do a lot of catalog shopping online once I am familiar with the sizing and fit of my favorite designers. Maybe you could also show the older original styles that were so simple to mix and match on your website and we could just pick the colors and the size. I'm so tired of the look-alike tops and bottoms that so many stores sell now. Your cotton/poly knits could be combined in so many ways that adult women would no longer have to wear larger versions of what teenagers are wearing, and be more comfortable and elegant.
natalie carrow - February 15, 2009 - Report this comment
i use to make the units from a pattern i think by simplicity but they were called elements. i can't wait till sandra brings them back again.
maycup - February 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked for Units in 1988; first the store at Union Station in St.Louis and then a few months later, a new store opened at West County Mall and I was moved to that store. I got that job based on how I looked in the clothing when I went in to see what the fuss was about. Back then, I was 5'8" and wore a size 4. I started out as a model for the store and when they noticed how well I sold the 'units', I was hired for sales. Ahhhhh, the good ol' days. Thanks for the link to her site. I'm defnitely going to order a few pieces to wear on set.
patricia - February 21, 2009 - Report this comment
My sister introduced me to Units. She lived in Dallas. I am in WV. They did not hit this area so when I wore them here everyone wanted to know where to buy them. I can't wait for Sandra to bring them out again. Can't be soon enough!
Pattie - February 23, 2009 - Report this comment
My favorite Units outfit? Black sleeveless jumpsuit, tube around my butt. Of course, the jumpsuit was on backwards with the zipper open all the way down the back. Damn, I was a fashionista!
Hope - March 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Can someone post the multiples "how to wear" sheet on here. I am dying to see it again. I loved these adn miss them too
Gwen Murphy - March 12, 2009 - Report this comment
Is there a brand today that is similar to Units? and where can I find it?? I have fond memories of wearing Units clothing.
Oni - April 06, 2009 - Report this comment
The JC Penny Units line has nothing on the original Multiples line. I am anxiously awaiting Sandra Garratt's 2009 line.
DK - May 05, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow, the memories just flood back. I think every college memory I have shows me in a different Multiples outfit. I used to drive 2 hours to Chicago to get them. I think part of the genius about them is that if you were tall and skinny like me (at that time), you could highlight that but if you were not so tall and skinny you could camoflauge that too and still look awesome because of the color and shape that you could personally give each outfit! I loved them, and Units too, but Mulitples were the best. My girlfriends from college still remind me of all my Multiples outfits and I bask in the glow...they were heavenly!
Judy - May 27, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone have the Multiples NARROW pants? I've been trying to buy some for years. P-L-E-E-Z-E!
stesha - June 09, 2009 - Report this comment
I Loved Multiples. I wish they were still around. It was the most comfortable clothing!!
Susan - June 22, 2009 - Report this comment
Have been trying to think of the name of that store for a year! I bought Units for a 2 week trip to England in 1990 and they were the BEST travel clothes ever. Didn't wrinkle, took almost no room to pack, comfortable and someone told me I was the best dressed woman on the tour. Want them again!! In this day of extra charges for luggage, they would be just the ticket. They were the best!!
Carol - July 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Would love to buy some units. Cin? on ebay yet? Sandra is a wonderful designer. REAL Clothing. Anyone have a pattern for sale?
Linda - July 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Units was my favorite. I had just about every piece, every color.... I was obsessed. The jumpsuits were my favorite with the wide bandeau. How I miss those days! Thanks for the memories.
Stephanie - July 22, 2009 - Report this comment
A friend I hadn't seen in a few years came over. We started talking about Multiples and now this web page. Ahhhh the memories. My friend still has some multiples from 10+ years ago. Great concept. Great fabric. Remember the black/white "animal print"?
Jana - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved the line as well and have been wishing for my navy lon, straight skirt for months now. I'd take one in several colors if any of you have them for sale or know where I can find them. It seems that her new line is limited to just a few pieces at this time. jlplawrence@yahoo.com
Cynthia - August 22, 2009 - Report this comment
In posts above, a couple of people gave web sites to order some of the more basic pieces from the original designer, Sandra Garrett, or read up on the her. I was able to wear these clothes when I was at a size 22! The peg pants, the straight sleeveless dress and full skirt were flattering. I, too, was fascinated by the line. The blendability of the different pieces, versatility in how they could be worn, even the engineering of them, for example the zig-zag stitching of the hems not only looked neat but allowed for stretching in the waists, cuffs and belts (bandeaus). I was even impressed by the store with everything folded on white cubicle shelves. Just pick out a shape and color! I think they went out of style as fashions headed away from draping, flowing and scrunching to the contour and fitted looks we've seen the last couple of decades.
Georgiana - September 03, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow! Do I ever feel lucky! I have SEVERAL pieces of Units that still look great. I guess the reason that I am still wearing Units is because I never, ever put them in the dryer. I would wash them on gentle and let them drip-dry. These are my favorite clothes, and I hope the line will be available again.
LaRue aka Ayce - September 04, 2009 - Report this comment
I was friend and house model for Units. Where are you today Sandra?
DeBorah Beatty - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
I wore Multiples all through the 80's and 90's. No matter what I always felt I looked put together. Never had much luck with Units since they were about 1" narrower than Multiples. I remember when Multiples went home party then disappeared. I was heartbroken. Now I found a place I can buy them again. Even though they're only in the original Red, White and black, I can mix and match them.
Charlene aka SewTwin - October 31, 2009 - Report this comment
Karen Tirio, please advise if you are going to sell some of your Multiples stash??. Specifically, the pants/tubes/basic tops.I would like to make my own again.I used to have a "Peg's Patterns", similar to Multiples.It was a seminar done at a "Gem Fabric store", here in Austin,TX..I easily made many pieces..But, I thought the patterns would never come back in style..WRONG!!..I can't find a link to her patterns, either..Please advise to cbryant@yahoo.com
alexandra stylist - November 12, 2009 - Report this comment
I just blogged about multiples as I wore them like crazy in the 80's. oldfashionedgirlnewyork.blogspot.com if anyone finds any please contact me. would love see them again in the stores!
Kat Dixon - December 03, 2009 - Report this comment
I opened the first "Units" store in the Fashion Show Mall in Las Vegas; I wore the clothes so much my husband started to HATE them, but I loved it!! They were comfortable and versatile. Just another thing I miss about the 80's, sigh... :)
Laurie - December 11, 2009 - Report this comment
UNITS are the most comfortable outfits ever! Its like wearing your PJs out on the town. I have been searching high and low for many many years trying to purchase another boatneck navy blue jumpsuit which (had the hidden zipper up the back). Mine jumpsuit finally fell apart after so much wear); i kept it several years in hopes that i could find a seamstress to make me another one just like it! now i have no idea where i put the darn thing! if anyone knows how & where i can purchase another solid "boatneck" jumpsuit (perferably in black), pleeeeeaaazzzz contact me! Desparate in Houston! vivalv03@yahoo.com Thank you!!
Laurie - December 17, 2009 - Report this comment
Sandra Garrett ...... where are YOU??? vivalv03@yahoo.com
Peggy - January 16, 2010 - Report this comment
UNITS are the greatest and I still wear mine. I use to spend a fortune on UNITS. They were affordable and of high quaity. I would still purchase them if they were available. Instead....I just put my money in the bank. Nothing out there is worth bring home and putting in my closet. Clothing merchants need to pay attention.
Patti - February 04, 2010 - Report this comment
I bought Units clothing in their store at the mall. I wore them everywhere,to work,to church, out to dinner, etc. They were dressy and casual. I wish I could find them again. They were great, just my style.
Teri - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Units was my favorite store....Loved being able to mix and match the pieces. I was just thinking today about how much I miss my long skirts. Googled on line and found this site. Those were the days...Big hair and Units jumpsuits, wow we were cool!
Carolyn - February 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone have the shoulder pads sold at the multiables home party plans. I would love to buysome of them.
Kellie - February 17, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG!!! I loved Multiples. I have one gray long sleeved top left, and I cherish it! I ran across a few of my "tubes" not that long ago...and still use those as cowl-y things. Oh man! I wish I still had the purple pieces with the big black dots!!
anne - February 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Units and had several simple pieces - one was a very boxy shirt - basically a rectangle with slits, and a little skit with a flounce. They were both a light orange and had a long tube belt which could be worn as a tube skirt or scrunched belt. I also had a long white skirt that could be tied in a knot in front to give a kind of runched look. I had a white tube belt to match and you could indeed loop it with another short tube to make an even more fabulous and interesting belt. I cannot believe there are no units or multiples available on ebay! And though fashion times have changed, there is obviously a market for these fabulous pieces! Someone please bring back this comfy poly-cotton convertible clothing with the distinctive zig-zag stitching and clever marketing and display!
Lana - February 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I am wearing one of my Units turtlenecks as I type. I still have several of the tops and after more than 20 years of wear, they still look good. Good material and good design never go out of style.
Natashastar - March 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Hello Fans of Units and Multiples, you should know this trend did come back again in the 2000's it's called American Apparel... same stuff different era, probably not as good of quality. Colors, elastics, leggings galore: http://www.americanapparel.net/
Griff - March 19, 2010 - Report this comment
Sandra Garratt still has a line called "Modern". It appears to be a lot like UNITS from her pictures. her address is: http://homepage.mac.com/sandragarrattdesign I have e-mailed her twice now and she hasn't responded. Anyone tried as well? Any response??
griff - March 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Still no answer from Sandra on her "Modern" line. I am now wondering/thinking that she really is out of business. Her site says she will reply in 24 hrs and it has been 2.5 WEEKS. hopefully it isn't something worse.. guess I am out of luck for the pantsuits i love
cjones - April 05, 2010 - Report this comment
Bottega Veneta has copied Sandra's peg leg pant in spring summer 10 collection.
kitschywoman - May 21, 2010 - Report this comment
If anyone's looking at Courtney's post from 2/4/10, you're SOL. I bought all the rest of her stock. Missed the trend the first time around (don't know how, maybe it wasn't big in my area), but my closet is full of Multiples now. :D
A Second Look - May 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Someone donated a lot of new Units clothes to my consignment store and they seem really BIG! Are they sized for the larger woman so that a Small is really a Large? Or was that the style?
kitschywoman - May 24, 2010 - Report this comment
ASL, the Multiples I bought don't even have a size listed. It just says "FREE" where the size info was. It was the style back then. If you were skinny, you could cinch everything in with a tube or a sash belt. And the elastic in the pants and skirts was super stretchy, so it accomodated a lot of sizes. P.S. - if you sell online, give me a hollah at kitschywoman(at)gmail.com. I'm looking for more in the way of pants and tubes.
pants - June 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I still have my multiples bag that i used to take to day camp 20 years ago. I love it so much and it is in perfect shape. It's reversible blue and teal
ms.bhaven - June 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Units! I remember buying them in an outlet mall in Dallas, TX because they were "irregular", but inexpensive. I wore them pre-, during-, and post-pregnancy. My coworkers and I were just talking about Units. I wish Sandra's line of Multiples were less expensive.
Dean - July 05, 2010 - Report this comment
I lived in Dallas when Sandra Garratt was starting out at the end of the 70s and early 80s and I remember her clothes. At first they were presented in kind of a Devo-like way, very futuristic-looking and sort of boxy in shape. Had several friends who wore them into the mid-80s. Very flexible, functional, easy clothes in a crayon-box of colors.
drdiandra - July 09, 2010 - Report this comment
Penneys seems to have stopped selling Units. Anyone hear if this is permanent?
Marie - July 13, 2010 - Report this comment
Those of you who sew may recall that Simplicity Patterns had a line called Elements in the late 80s and early 90s. The pieces were much like Units or Multiples, and they had them in both misses' and women's sizes. Simplicity stopped selling them some years back, but if you look for vintage patterns on eBay, Etsy or through various dealers, you may find some. Keep an eye out in thrift stores, too. I located some this week through Etsy, and once I get them in the mail, I will make new stuff to replace all the Multiples I bought when I worked in retail. Good basic stuff that, while it was a big 80s thing, never goes out of style and looks nice on nearly anyone of any size or age!
Marie - July 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Sorry I forgot to leave some pattern numbers for you to search for. Keep in mind that Simplicity uses numbers over again after designs are discontinued, so make sure you're getting the pattern you're looking for. Some of the Elements pattern numbers are 8724, 8725, 8726 and 9057. Happy hunting and making your own Units/Multiples clones!
Edie - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm wearing Units cropped pants today! I have a black pair and an olive green pair and I don't know what I'd do without them in the Columbus, GA summer heat. A pair of strappy sandals and cute top and it's a winning outfit that will go from the office to an after-hours event. Bring Units back!
kitschywoman - July 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Marie, what clothing can you sew with pattern 8724? It's the only Simplicity Elements pattern I don't have.
Callie Thompson - July 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I've seen some Units clothing sold in the vintage stores on Etsy. There's a cute black tank here: http://www.etsy.com/listing/52235610/black-silky-80s-tank-womens-s I have seen more before, but that's all I'm finding right now. Things sell so quickly on there, it's hard to find an active link.
Marie - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Simplicity 8724 has the top, tunic and dress. BTW, the Simplicity Elements also came in women's plus sizes, and I have been looking for those to replace the ones I had for years, but I forgot the numbers. If anyone knows or finds those numbers, I hope you can share them here! Luckily, the misses' ones are very easy to adapt for those of us who need it, and they fit hip sizes up to 48", anyway. Also, I found something else. Butterick made "Fashion Addition" patterns that have the Units/Multiples-type pieces. 6578 is in either XS-S-M (up to size 14) or L-XL (16-22). It has the jacket/coat, top in three lengths, dress, skirt, pants, scarf and tube. And Vogue 2346 has the jacket/coat, dress, top, pants, skirt, tube and sash. This one comes in 8-10-12, 14-16-18, and 20-22-24. Happy hunting, and I'm glad other people have successfully tried this way to get these styles!
Marie - July 27, 2010 - Report this comment
I partly answered my own question! I found one of the Simplicity BBW Elements patterns (sizes 18W-32W all included). Simplicity 9122 has pants, shorts, narrow skirt, skirt with flared hem, and sash. There is another one that, if memory serves, has the dress, tunic, tube and perhaps more; if I find that one, I'll give out the number to that, too.
Marie - July 29, 2010 - Report this comment
More on Butterick "Fashion Addition"--4225 has a jacket, vest, top, pants, skirt and sash. It came in XS-S-M (6-14) and L-XL (16-22)
kitschywoman - August 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Thanks, Marie! I picked up Butterick 4225 and 6578 to add to my pattern collection. :)
BLONDE ZORRO - August 15, 2010 - Report this comment
IT WAS NOT JUST THE STYPE OF "UNTIS" UNIQUE, BUT IT WAS THE GREAT COTTON FABRIC. I HAVE NEVER FOUND ANOTHER FABRIC AS DURABLE. UNFORTUNATELY I HAD A LARGE COLLECTION - BUT I LEFT THEM IN A TRUNK IN THE "CAVE" (A STORAGE CELLAR - USED IN EUROPE FOR WINE AND STORAGE)OF MY APARTMENT IN PARIS. I CAME BACK TO THE U.S. FOR SEVERAL MONTHS ONLY TO RETURN TO FRANCE AND FIND THE CLOTHES WERE MILDEWED AND NOT SALVAGEABLE. I WOULD GIVE ANYTHING TO FIND THAT LINE AGAIN.
kitschywoman - August 24, 2010 - Report this comment
Yay! I just got a message from Sandra Garrett telling me how to purchase her new line of Multiples. :D Here it is... "Sorry for the long delay getting back to you and any confusion trying to reach me or to place an order while we were building the new site and setting up our US production. Please go to: www.SilvrLining.com then select “MODBOX” from the menu and that will take you to my original Modular collection with all the styles, colours etc listed. Same as my UNITS & MULTIPLES lines….only now we offer even better cotton interlock knit. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks again. Be well. Yours, Sandra Garratt – Design Director SilvrLining.com sandragarrattdesign@mac.com 213-537-0223"
Sam - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
Multiples is alive and well and can be found in most Dillard's stores as well as over a 1000 better specialty stores around the country. Our company "Jerell" manufactured the "Multiples" brand and put together the marketing campaign and with video's and trainers to show "how to wear" the line. We are still the largest women's manufactuer in the southwest and in addition to Multiples, we create and distribute some of the best designer brands in sportswear. Some of our brands are; Sharon Young, a timeless classic collection, City Girl, a line devoted to wearable art, Tru Luxe, a new premium denim jean with highly embellished and sequined pocket detail, Vincente', a fun sporty knit collection of spa wear, and many others. Go to sharonyounginc.com, citygirl.com, multiplesclothingcompany.com.
kitschywoman - August 26, 2010 - Report this comment
I've seen the current line of Multiples, Sam, as well as the current line of Units. Both are a far cry from the originals. Most of us here really loved the soft, knit fabric that was used and the solid colors that could be mixed and matched easily. If you really want to hook me, the clock will need to be turned back on both brands. Sandra's new line has exactly what I'm looking for, which is simplicity, comfort, and style. Having worn my vintage Multiples pieces and received many compliments on them, I can tell you that women love the style they present, even though they are not what the fashion mags tell us we should be wearing to stay "current."
coco - September 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I just ordered MODBOX from www.Dugwear.com, Sandras new site, i ordered the black peg pants, mock turtle, and leggings. I compared them to my old Multiples, and the pattern cut seems to be the same. The waistband on the pants.. is a little different, but the cut and inseam are the same. Now...they are 100 % cotton, not the blend as before...i will wash by hand..the new fabric is really nice, and there is a bunch of new colors!!! check it out...the person refering to the Dillards line???not the same product.
Sandra Garratt - September 17, 2010 - Report this comment
re the company Jerell: I had licensed MY collection to them to manufacture in 1986, it ended up in ugly court battle and made my life hell and was over by 1989. No point talking about it now, but do know that they were not the creator/owner, ONLY a licensed manufacturer, nothing more. They are NOT associated with me in any way and frankly I am shocked to see that they are still profiting from my work. They are dangerous garmentos in my opinion and cheated me out of millions of dollars of royalties. I will say that I deeply regret ever getting involved with them and to see this posting is very upsetting to me. Life goes on though and I appreciate the fact that most people prefer to spend their hard earned $ on the original and support actual designers rather then supporting the bogus pirated knockoff. I do not sell to Dillards and am only available via my new website. Peace. Sandra Garratt
Kathryn - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
http://www.silvrlining.com/_dugwear_modbox.htm for Sandra's TRUE modulars/multiples
Sam - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Our Multiples brand today has nothing to do with the original Multiples of the 1980's, except for the trademark. The original Jerell company was sold to Haggar Clothing Co. in 1999. We bought the Multiples brand from Haggar in 2008 and formed a new company, Jerell Ltd. If Sandra would go to the website, her shock might wear off, she would see there is nothing of 'her work' that is there. The original owners of Jerell have long since retired or left the business. We have one of the biggest design talents in the industry, John Bourgeois creating this wonderful new Multiples line and his customers love his product. I wish Sandra well in her new business, our industry can always use creative talent. Sam Klapholz
kitschywoman - September 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Since this board is devoted to fans of the 80's Multiples and Units brands that feature Sandra's designs, I'm sure you'll have no trouble understanding why I'll be passing on your line, Sam. By your own admittance, it has "nothing to do with the original Multiples of the 1980's." Sandra Garratt's pieces from the 1980's are what we want. And now we have a place to get them at http://www.silvrlining.com/_dugwear_modbox.htm.
Flaming_Mo - October 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I definitely agree with you kitschywoman. I just checked out the Multiples merchandise on the Dillards website and it is NOTHING like Sandra's work. I was a huge fan of the lines back in the day and had some of those items for nearly two decades. Now that I've been attempting to scale back my closet and have it be more efficient, I am so thankful to learn that she is back in business!It was a fabulous concept then, and its time has definitely come back again.
peg - October 20, 2010 - Report this comment
wow, flash back! i had almost every piece of the original units/multiples back in the day :) i've made a list for "santa" to bring me from the new site...glad i found this page! question: what about sizing these days? couldn't seem to find it on the website.
Marie - October 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Good to see the information about the Modbox items from Dugwear! As for the sizing question, when I looked at individual items on the Dugwear/Modbox site, they were "one size fits most." If the sizing is like the Sandra Garratt Multiples I wore and sold back in the 80s, it probably fits up to around size 22 or 24.
Molly - November 14, 2010 - Report this comment
Thank God that Sandra is still designing! I'm one of the diehards- have 2 jewel neck long sleeved tunics and a boat necked sleeveless top left from my originally HUGE Units stash. They never wear out, but now that I'm grey haired, I need stronger colors. As soon as I retire, my wardrobe will consist of these, any new clothes she's designing, Chinese PJs and leotards. Life is too short to put up with bras, zippers and stiff fabrics.
Teresa - November 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I want some of the originals and have looked everywhere. someone please tell me where i can find a stash. Looked at the new line and its not the same. please help i love them nayne8@aol.com
Vivalv03 - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Sandra - you go girl! Your followers from the 80s will always stay true to you ... we know good quality ... and awesome designers when we see them! no one compares to you and your creations! God Bless!
VIVALV03 - November 23, 2010 - Report this comment
BTW SANDRA, I plan to purchase another Jumpsuit from your revamped website. I use to have the navy blue jumpsuit with taupe & navy blue bands; I never quite knew how to wear the jumpsuit (which was front and which was the back) so I wore the zipper in the back which gave the neckline a more boatneck appearance. Hey, if it works ... wear it! I had so many compliments so I must have been doing something right. I really liked the boatnect look! hint hint ;0) thanks!!
Lewsyl - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
I am SOOOOOO glad I found you all!
Lewsyl - December 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Has anyone experienced a problem with the silvrling site? I can't get in!
Amanda Payne - December 15, 2010 - Report this comment
I would love to have units/multiples for my daughter. She would love getting to mix and match just like I did when I was in elem school. Any idea if they have them for kids?
shirley - December 18, 2010 - Report this comment
I wore Multiples in the 90's and woud love to have more. i have arthritis and they are the most comfortable and the easiest to put on for me. anyone want to sell them, i am willing to buy. just email me a shirleyduval@yahoo.com
Jackie - January 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Wore the Units clothes and LOVED THEM. I only have 1 piece left and if I ever could buy some more would love it. They fit my body then and would be GREAT now (no waist, and lots of belly, unfortunately.) I am going to Sandra site now, but still would love to get some of the old Units. email me at bentleysclosings@aol.com
Amy Pena - February 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I was recently thinking about the Units/ Multiples I used to have back in the 80's.I couldn't remember the name, so I went on 80's clothing and found them. I loved those outfits I had. I'm so glad to hear their back,but I went on the site silvrlining.com and I couldn't see how to place an order or online catalog.Had a few pics of the pieces and colors and drawings, but nothing else. Help Thank you
kai - February 25, 2011 - Report this comment
Sandra Garrat, The designer of original Units and Multiples is selling new versions of her designs at www.dugwear.com under MODBOX
Valerie - March 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I wore these in the 80's but couldn't remember the name so thank you for this post ...At work we have been trying to remember the name for a month now. And I will visit www.dugwear.com.
Beth Riley - March 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to work for Units in the Uk. Laura Ashley bought the franchise. It was hilarious the Uk wasn't ready to be hit by this 'American' stuff. Shame it didn't work out. too cheap looking for the uk market
Jamie Benson - March 19, 2011 - Report this comment
Sandra Garratt's pioneering concept of modular one-size-fits-all cotton knits is now called MODBOX and can be found at silvrlining.com; a progressive, LA-based, green design house. Note: Click on the drawings of the garments to reveal more images and purchasing buttons. Thanks! And, as with all 3 of Silvr Lining's fashion brands, each piece is ethically designed in Downtown Los Angeles and made in the USA. Our DUGWEAR line combines a California design P.O.V. with high-quality, certified organic fabrics for the active-urban lifestyle. We recently launched the THE GO COLLECTION, an urban outerwear series featuring pocket sized solar power packs, providing our customers with personal power, literally. Visit us and find your silver lining. silvrlining.com
Ellyse - March 19, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to sell this at Bloomindales...
Suzett - April 07, 2011 - Report this comment
I still have most of my Units. I had a few Multiples, too, but I liked the Units much better. We can thank J.C. Penney for buying out the Units brand and then dropping it afterwards. I don't know if they felt their own clothing lines were threatened or what. I was so excited when I heard that Penney's had bought this brand, because then I thought I wouldn't have to travel to Kansas City or to Saint Louis to get them; they would be available locally or at least in their catalogs. Well, surprise, surprise! I did see Penney's put a half-dozen pieces in their catalog a very few times, but they were a different kind of knit altogether. I was really disappointed. I liked Units so much because they didn't wrinkle (great for traveling), they always fit me no matter what, they laundered well, there was a wide range of components with colors or prints that coordinated... even matching socks and other accessories! They made terrific outfits for someone like me who has a long torso with short legs. I always could put the pieces together to get the right sizes to work well for me.
Sue - July 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I used to manage the Units stores in Orlando. GREAT times and Units was a well run company until JCPenney bought them. I came in right around that time, and for a long while the management team from Units was sort of in control, then they brought in some MAN from JCPenney to oversee the company. I think he was from the "appliances" division or something. After he was in control the whole thing went to hell in a handbasket. Sandra Garrett was a visionary and it's a shame that her brand was run into the ground by capitalist bureaucrats. I was with the company 5 years but left when I saw the handwriting on the wall. Within a year after all the stores were closed up. I still have Units clothes I wear and they look as good now as they did when they were new. One of FAVORITE customers was Tammy Faye Baker who wore a Units jacket on sold her on the steps of the courthouse when Jim was convicted. Jim might have been a pig, but Tammy Faye was a sweetheart.
Donni - July 19, 2011 - Report this comment
My mother, sister and I bought Units all the time. They are timeless. I still have mine and my sister and mother's after they passed away. They never faded, stayed sharp and crisp, were interchangeable, were great whether you were ps or xxl. You couldroll them and pack them for a trip and so interchangeable. We would call each other when there was a sale and go to all the Unit stores to buy. Multiples came later but I thought were not as good quality. They had more designs and styles, but I didn't think they wore as well. I still have a closet that I call my Units closet.It's summer,and I still wear my skorts and Tee's. They have never worn out.
Mary - July 31, 2011 - Report this comment
I am thrilled to find this clothing line again. I still have many pieces and they never wore out. They were the best ever and I want to buy more again! So happy! :)
Lin - August 09, 2011 - Report this comment
I am currently going through my mothers closets to help them move and have found HUNDREDS of Multiples! She's only keeping the short sleeve solid t's and tanks... I do believe she must have every color/pattern in every other piece though -including the bands and ties. Instead of donating them and/or trying to sell them on Ebay or CraigsList, I found this post and am offering them. Please contact me at linhessler@columbus.rr.com if there are any particular pieces (or the whole collection) -if anybody's interested.
Patricia - August 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I loved the Units clothing line. I still have an outfit from Units. A trd skirt and red mock turtleneck top. I would love to find some Units clothing. So, if anyone knows where, please respond. Thank you.
Lin - August 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I just did an inventory of my mothers multiples/units collection... 319 pieces! All are for sale $2-$3 apiece. please contact me at linhessler@columbus.rr.com if you're looking for any particular pieces!
Stephanie - January 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I used to wear them all the times.. But unfortunly they burned in the place where I was living.. Every since that happened I have been looking for a place who sells them because it was so comfy and I loved it.. I hope and want the style to come back.. Everytime I would wear it I would get alot of compliments about it and was asked to where to buy them and I would tell them but I also told them they do not sell anymore and they would be all bummed out.. Please come back .. If any of you find out where I can buy them please feel free to email me at wolfie1998@gmail.com with the subject of UNITS so I do not delete ur email.. Thank you
Mary - March 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Here it is March 2012 and I had this huge desire to search for the bandeau piece but could not remember what this style was called. I tried every tag name I could think of to Google. By putting fashions of the 80's and 90's I came across your link but looks like no one knows where to buy them now. At least I have the name to continue searching.
marianna - March 09, 2012 - Report this comment
so i was flipping through a victoria's secret catalog and came across a page that had different interchangeable outfits, they reminded me of "mulitples" i had a complete 80's flash back which then prompted be to go on a mad search for pics of these outfits when suddenly i stubbled across this website. There are some pics at the top of this page and they are hilarious what a good memory of one the worst fashion decade and the best economy !
James - June 28, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved the look of UNITS on my girlfriends in the 80's. Called them "twister units" at the time, because of the modular fit. Can't believe JCP ran this chain into the ground. What a fashion forward design & look. Thanks for sharing the memories from the 80's, what a great flashback. Now 30+ years later, what my kids are missing out on
lin - July 24, 2012 - Report this comment
back in Aug 2011 i posted that I had 319 MULTIPLES. -thanks to a wonderful response from this blog, i'm down to 126 pieces left -mostly prints and florals. I would really like to be done with these -anybody interested?? please email me linhessler@columbus.rr.com and i'll get you pictures of what's left. $200 takes them all (shipping is on me!) thanks!
Susan - August 17, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved my units too. I wore them until they became mere threads. You can find these and other great clothes from Sandra Garrett at sandragarrettdesign@mac.com
Barbara S. Aybar - October 16, 2012 - Report this comment
I am wearing a black unit blouse with sleeves,although one has a tear, I simply push it up to the elbow, after all these years, the color is still vibrant...I want the units to come back!..
Kristen - January 24, 2013 - Report this comment
I was sitting here trying to think of the name of the store that eventually moved into the Benetton space in mall. I remembered being 13-14 years old and thinking that Units was the coolest concept I'd ever seen. I still think it is a great example of simple genius.
Christa - January 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I love Units; and still have mine! I still wear mine from time to time! Why can't we bring them back with the Internet today? I believe there would be a huge market.
Brenda - April 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I love Units. They don't wrinkle. I have machine washed & dried all my pieces. The colors have not faded, I have gained weight and all but the slim skirts still fit. I now pull them up and wear as tops, I was sorry to see the line disappear from stores.
Bonni - April 23, 2013 - Report this comment
QVC carries a line very much like them called citiknits
Sharon - September 10, 2013 - Report this comment
I also loved the Units brand. I still have a red top which has never faded, and the knit is so good, that it has not pilled after all these years. Wish I could get them again.
Diane - October 28, 2013 - Report this comment
I, too, still have several Units pieces and have given several to my mom. I got rid of several pieces after I lost some weight and they no longer looked good on me. Someone would do well to bring them back. Can't find that kind of quality today. JCP did carry a few pieces until a few years ago, but don't see them any more.
JK Percefull - November 05, 2013 - Report this comment
Back in the late 80's a friend gave me a set of multiples that I still occasionally wear. One of those occasions was last night to my World History class. What struck me was that my 25 year old outfit looks as good as the day I first put it on, it still fits and looks good on me even though I am two sizes larger, and it is older than most of my students. I am now on a quest to find out more about Sandra Garrett who was responsible for this remarkable line of cloths. JK Percefull
Treva - July 15, 2014 - Report this comment
I am wearing a Units skirt today (July, 2014) and I couldn't remember the brand name, because it'd been so many years ... I just knew it wasn't a Weekenders ... this skirt must be over 25 years old by now. . . !!! but I still have it and it's still "IN" style because for the most part, these pieces were timeless! All of my jackets are gone because they are no longer in style and they were SO huge on me now...

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