Clothes of the Eighties, U-MEN
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Sex: Male
Type of clothing: line of logo shirts
When it was popular: 87-89
Description: Very popular with the late teen GQ croud. They had sweatshirts and dress shirts that said U-Men on the front usually sold at Chess King or a store called Coda.
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lovechild - August 09, 2009 - Report this comment
never heard of this...was it just regonal & not a real trend?
martin - February 08, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved this brand and had a bunch of shirts with the U-Men on them!
Ruben A - February 23, 2010 - Report this comment
Yea, I lived that era. First it was Umen with bold subtlely distictive colors and syles that made men just looked good. The syle took off mostly in the Southern States The look was slim at the waist,wide or loose in the quads skinny in the leg. Zcavaricci was the most expensive line with pants rangeing frm $80-$200-USD. it was a cutting edge style with a lil flare of extravagence.THe pants had the label on the crotch. So did the Umen brand. But then M.C. Hammer came out with the similar look but it was way too flash and baggy made it seem clown like. It was horrendous he slaughtered that look and brand never recovered frome the shame. It wass too much and no self respecting man would ever wear such atrocities.
Sid - May 08, 2010 - Report this comment
Lived in lauderdale at the time. Their clothes were cool as hell. Ultra modern for the time, cool prints etc. Just happened to think about it today. Was looking for pics and found this page.
Jose - May 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I had a white U-Men jacket with a Vanilla Ice looking character dancing on the back. It was hip at the time!
Derek D - June 04, 2010 - Report this comment
Attended Xavier of Louisiana back then, had the sweat shirt version. They were cool and women loved them. The Drakar colonge was also the bomb backt then in the late 80's.
Christy D - March 16, 2011 - Report this comment
I use to wear Umen back in early 90's..ah high days
John - May 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I had a solid black umen sweatshirt. The cut was big, but the length was short -- cropped at waist level. I bought my Umen clothes at a store called the Oaktree. I also had a black and neon green leather Umen bracelet with a small round metal piece that had a pic of the Vanilla Ice looking guy that Jose mentioned. I liked my Umen clothes.
Elliot - October 27, 2011 - Report this comment
My closet was pack with UMen. My favoret pair of jeans were the ones with the guy with the fade on the front of one leg and it said UMen on the back leg> Best ever (miss them)
frenchie - January 25, 2012 - Report this comment
U- men was the thing between .87 and 89. I was in highschool and the style was hot. Cavariccis were the badest. I had a pair for everyday of the week. GQ the girls loved them. Oaktree,chessking,and DJs. And pepe jeans with the black janitor shoes with my hair shaved on the sides and pompador . Straight umaned out.
Ja Will - July 30, 2012 - Report this comment
I had a button up U Men shirt and now Im tryin to find a shirt for my 80s party. Where can I buy a shirt online?
R.P. - August 09, 2012 - Report this comment
Loved Umen in the bay area california. just looking up pics but can't find any of the clothing on ebay? wtf?
DJM - September 25, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked at DJs and their sister store Merry go round at the mall from 86-89. That was the place to shop. Remember everything at DJs was IOU brand. Believe it or not, I have a cousin that still wears IOU. I remember my Godmother shelled out $200.00 for a Z Cavaricci suit and shirt and that was with my discount. Oak tree used to sell UMEN in Colorado. I never shopped there because I worked at DJs. Oak tree and Chess King were the cheaper version of DJs and always had more suits and Mustard colored clothes. Lol. Wow, what a memory from the past. It was pretty cool to work there at age 16. Thanks for this post. Cool times.
AM - November 29, 2012 - Report this comment
i use to work for OAKTREE in green acres mall in long island n,y in 1990. I was a stock person, then sales person then asst. manager at OAKTREE in kingz plaza mall in Brooklyn. UMEN clothing i had it all. Just listining to yall brings back memories. LOL. OAKTREE helped bring out CROSS COLORS in the early 90's. work there for 4yrs. WOW AND THEY ARE STILL OPEN.
Jimmy - December 13, 2012 - Report this comment
I am now 50 years old...and I still have a Umen denim jacket with leather fring... in the 80s it was about 125.00, i later bought in the summer for 20.00 could never part with it....its in mint condition
C Harris - January 12, 2013 - Report this comment
UMEN was exclusive to Oak Tree which was an Edison Bros store. They owned Jeans West, 579, The Wild Pair and many others. I was a manager for Jeans West and Oak Tree in Dallas. Umen was even advertised in GQ I think in 1986. It was a store brand for Oak Tree not DJ's Merry Go Round or Chess King. Oh yea I worked at Chess King too. Good times back in my youth sporting that Oak Tree gear!
C Harris - January 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh yea the Umen line and logo was designed by a guy named Derek Tucker a young African-American who came up thru the ranks of Jeans West and Oak Tree The guy on the far left of the infamous logo was him. In 1986 he actually buyer for Oak Tree and then promoted to a VP. My store sold the hell out of Umen. We did fashion shows and Umen was even profiled in the Dallas Morning News. The girls at the mall loved you when you sported Umen. Lol
M Rivera - January 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Yes yes yes memory lane.....Oak Tree was the place in the 80's....I had all of that cool gear....The women loved
BernaysCafe - March 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I remember owing a few UMEN shirts and a jacket with the UMEN logo on the inside. It wasn't my favrite brand but i still liked it.
Daphne - April 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Here's a rare U-Men jacket on Ebay check it out! Just go to Ebay and type retro u-men jacket
Zee Kam - May 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow, I'm glad to see that I'm not the only one who recently thought of U-Men brand, along with the Z Cavaricci line. and not to forget the Cosi L'uomo, as well. I used to buy them all at Oak Tree in Baltimore, MD and out in San Diego! (long sigh) Great memoriez!
Mike G - May 30, 2013 - Report this comment
Wow, this brings back so many memories! I used to work at Oak Tree in Woodbridge NJ. I spent many of my Oak Tree paychecks buying U-Men, Z Cavaricci and Cosi clothing. Lol I can recall all my friends hitting me up to buy them U-Men clothing with my discount when they found out I worked at Oak Tree. Lol
richard C - January 24, 2014 - Report this comment
Former manager of an oaktree clothing store in Dallas,tx. Glad to see so many who loved our brands from back in the "day"
mike c - March 30, 2014 - Report this comment
i just scored a Chicago #23 basketball jersey on ebay for 12.99. it is basically a michael jordan bulls jersey. The front has a basketball with flames blazing off the back like a shooting star and the back has 23 and chicago. i constantly get asked about it when i wear it. it is the only existing one that i am aware of at this time.
mike c - March 30, 2014 - Report this comment
forgot to mention the jersey has the Umen tag on the front bottom and the chicago bulls colors with the exception of the white areas on the flames and letters is a pinkish color and the sleeve and neck borders are black and which rules out any color run during washing.
Sam F. - March 18, 2015 - Report this comment
Former Manager of Oak Tree store in Dallas, Texas at Red Bird Mall in the 80's. Our fashions set the trends at every Dallas high school and college,every hip urban nightclub and every single drug dealer, player and pimp in Dallas.LOL, I would strategically hire the coolest peeps from area high schools and colleges as sales associates. Skyline,Carter,Kimball, Duncanville,SOC,Roosevelt,Bishop Dunne, SMU,UTA,Cedar Valley and EL Centro! The clothes were hip,colorful and was a great in 80's fashion!!!
Kyle X - June 01, 2015 - Report this comment
I have a U-men U Sweat sweater from 1985. It was given to my dad by my Aunt. Who owned a clothing distribution showroom in L.A. CalMart building in the Clothes shopping district. Black with red accents like a letterman jacket, short zipper up front, dude with ponytail with spiked hair on top on front and big U-Men Red patch. Huge patch on back saying U-Men U Sweat! Wore it to 80's day at college and girls loved it. Bulky loose fit it's still an amazing look! :D
Chris - December 06, 2015 - Report this comment
I worked at Merry Go Round and D.J.'s in the Pittsburgh area, but always loved Cosi L'Uomo from Oak Tree. Used to drive my manager crazy
Tommy Peru - December 22, 2015 - Report this comment
Oak Tree. Those were the stores that carried Umen, Cosi, and Index. Loved those stores. Their prices were reasonably priced. Still have plenty of rayon shirts from them. Bring back Oak Tree!
Brad Choe - January 09, 2016 - Report this comment
I was a store manager for Oaktree. When we went out of business I was so sad. Miss wearing all the UMEN clothing, Cosi L'uomo, Factory etc. those were the days!!! Miss them a lot.
R BISARRA - April 03, 2016 - Report this comment
I guess i was hip then consideing that my aunt brought oaktree clothing to hawaii when she would visit lol. Both her ex and my uncle used to work at oaktree in montebello california and i would help him out lol. He rose to manager and would dress me up real good and i remember cosi umen an cavs lol. they would be jammin house music .
JL-bowhunter - April 24, 2016 - Report this comment
I remember this store. I purchased a suit from it when I had to go to a wedding. Loved the suit back thn, but when I think about it now I realize how tasteless, cheap and transient the clothing was. The clothing is great for a child, but an adult would never buy such garish clothing--I'm sure that a lot of the people at the wedding were wondering why the bride's brother/lawyer's son was dressed like a pimp. The things you do when you are young & naive. LOL
Johnny - July 15, 2016 - Report this comment
I miss Oka tree long time back in days and we use wear them out and party and club it look good every Cloths and shoes we wear and I miss it in fla.we don't have them in west palm beach fla and we want to show this teen and kids how we dress code in 80's
Julissa - July 12, 2017 - Report this comment
I LOVED Umen. Had 2 expensive jackets - letterman style and a few cardigans. loved it with my big 90's hair, lol
GW-PI - August 21, 2017 - Report this comment
Mmmm? Some how missed out on Umen,don't even remember it but had a closet full of Cosi L'Uomo shirts,Z Cavaricci,Bugle Boy,Ocean Pacific,and Girbaud's and shoes and boots from The Wild Pair while in college.
Mariospants - October 19, 2017 - Report this comment
with regards to the photo of the grey U-men jacket, I had that exact jacket, purchased at OakTree in a Jacksonville Mall (The Avenues maybe?). Anyway, I wore it like crazy on dates and to dances... I remember it being a little uncomfortable, either the sleeves or the torso (or both) were too short. I had several jackets and coats from U-men, including one that bragged "with back-interest" which meant that it was longer in the back for some reason... my niece now sports one of my old reversible U-Men jackets and gets a lot of comments on it...
Illcool88 - May 06, 2018 - Report this comment
I had a few umen hoodys back in 1994. Copped at from the florin mall oak tree.

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