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Joe C. - January 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Black with the yellow piping!!! With the matching black & yellow Chams de Baron muscle shirt!! (Chams de Baron only mad the black with electric blue).
Anthony - May 15, 2008 - Report this comment
Damn....can't believe someone else remembers Sweet Orrs....I had just about every color combo...They were my favorite lol
Neil - July 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I still have there chinos, don't wear them, but keep them for the happy time I had in them... great pants, great company, what ever happened?
Islip, L.I. - August 02, 2008 - Report this comment
Loved these! I wish I could still get them. Super comfy. - August 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Where can I get those Sweet-orr pants from the 80's????
Bobby B - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Sweet Orr were popular in my hometown of Newburgh New York, my wifes from Long Island and never heard of em, I figured it was because they were made in Newburgh, used to buy em at Alfis, put a handle comb in the back pocket and you were in man along with Nike sneakers
Richard - March 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I've had the same experience as Bobby B. I grew up in New Paltz, not far from Newburgh, and Sweet Orrs were totally the thing. When I've mentioned them to friends my age who grew up elsewhere, I've often gotten weird looks and responses such as, "What's a Sweet Ore?" Mentioned Sweet Orrs today to a co-worker who grew up in Newburgh and was delighted she knew what I was talking about!
Paul - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up on LI in Massapequa and everyone I knew wore Sweet Orrs and Chams De Barron shirts in the 80s for a few years. Another favorite were parachute pants. We would hang out at Skates of America and an alternative music club called Spit. Those were the days... also popular were skin tight Sergio Valente and Jordache jeans only to be worn w/ white capezios... and, in the Summer we wore netted t-shirts and half t's... what are the kids wearing now??
eighties forever - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
Yes, sweet-orrs, parachute pants, Members only and Serucci jackets. And I too was a Chams Man, or at least a Chams Boy hoping to become a Chams Man. Perhaps the pinnacle of youth fashion never to be matched again. Today's kids with their hip huggers that don't fit, pushing up stomach flab better left below the waistline, and distressed (that is, ready torn-and-tattered) Abercrombie and Fitch cargo shorts so long they might as well be pants, plus they weigh five pounds. Give me back my Sweet-Orrs, esp. the light gray with purple piping I was wearing when I got my first hand job at Les Jardin's.
sue - April 13, 2009 - Report this comment
I grew up in Kingston...and i can remember i had the ugliest color lime green pair of sweet orr pants....but ya know what they were cool and so was i thought! lol
Trish - April 16, 2009 - Report this comment
Hot pink Sweet-Orrs with Smurfette patch on the back were my favorites in fourth grade, but I am pretty sure I had just about every other color too. Grew up near Newburgh/New Paltz and always surprised people from other areas didn't live in these back in the late 70s/early 80s.
Rob Gallagher - April 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Sweet-Orrs. I grew up in Nutley, NJ and you could buy them on Center Street, I think it was an army-navy store. My mom wouldn't let me wear jeans to school but Sweet-Orrs were allowed. Had them in navy, green, brown, black, they were the high school Uniform. I'm 49 and I'd still wear them.
James - July 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Sweet-Orrs were very popular in Queens- grew up in Rosedale and even the hip-hop dudes from nearby Hollis and St. Albans wore them.
Debra - July 27, 2009 - Report this comment
My Grandmother Angela age 13(1931) worked in the Sweet-Orr Factory in Wappingers Falls NY when she graduated the 8th grade. I'm not sure how long she worked there, but have pictures of her and her coworkers on the rooftop taking a break.
Doc - August 12, 2009 - Report this comment
When I went to high school in Wappingers Falls, NY I think I wore every color they had. Damn comfortable!
Howard Schwarzman - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
I worked for Sweet-Orr as a salesman. My Dad worked for Sweet-Orr from 1904 as an Office Boy 'till he retired from the Board of Dirctors at the age of 80-63 years later.
Ferond - November 09, 2009 - Report this comment
Can somebody please tell me if they still make these pants,and if so where can i get them. I need all colors they were the best and it suited anybody perfectly. PLEASE I NEED SWEET-ORR PANTS
chico from yonkers - November 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Jonathan V. - December 30, 2009 - Report this comment
Very popular in Islip, Long Island for a few years in the mid-80's. We used to get them in the Sunrise Mall in Bay Shore. I would definitely like to get my hands on a few pairs. The piping down the sides of the leg was pretty darn sharp. And yeah, a color-coordinated comb in the back pocket... Welcome to awesometown, population: you.
SnowFlake - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
OHG! I remember buying these pants at Copper Rivet in the old Orange Plaza in Middletown NY!! I miss these pants!
Lynn - February 16, 2010 - Report this comment
I grew up in Pine Bush NY. Had light purple, navy, and a few other colors of Sweet Orrs and LOVED them. I have a similar experience of friends on Long Island having NO IDEA what I was talking about.
Nick Hill - March 22, 2010 - Report this comment
My great grandmother went to work for Sweet Orr in Wappingers Falls in 1867. She started as a seamstress and became an executive. I would like to know what happenened to the company
Bobby - April 16, 2010 - Report this comment
Went to HS in Westchester in the early 80's. Sweet Orrs were the rage '82 to '84. I had the black with gold, gray with purple and white with navy. I remember in '84 they came out with white w/black piping, but not the normal "one stripe". In stead it was 3 very thin stripes. I used to rock those with an Izod...collar up of course!
jocko - April 29, 2010 - Report this comment
does anybody have a pictuure of these pants? I cant find one anywhere.
Jan Griffiths - July 02, 2010 - Report this comment
I don't remember these. I live in AZ, and never saw them. Looks cool, though.
Ange - August 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Wow, it's amazing how many of these comments are from people from the Hudson Valley and surrounding areas. I grew up in LaGrangeville and wore my Sweet Orrs (And other fashion jeans of the time) to Freedom Wheels all the time! Were we all living in a vacuum? I LOVED my Sweet Orrs and thought everybody knew about them! HA!
Anna @ D16 - August 30, 2010 - Report this comment
How funny! I grew up in Rhinebeck and am currently a resident of Newburgh, and I found this page while Googling Sweet-Orrs in a fit of late-night nostalgia. I had no idea they were a local thing!! Long live the Hudson Valley, and long live Sweet-Orrs!
Paul - September 01, 2010 - Report this comment
My dad designed the pants with the piping for Sweet Orr. He was a partner for 40 years. He came home all excited and said that they had sold a big order to Macys which was one of the first times they were able to sell their clothing to a mainstream retailer. I had those pants in every combination they had. I still have some NOS clothing in their original plastic down in the basement. If anyone is interested in some fatigues, or my favorite, the red and black plaid lumberjack jacket with the silver quilted lining.
Ezra B - September 08, 2010 - Report this comment
WOW, Sweet Orr was a house hold name back in the 80's. Most of my dad's and brothers jeans and pants was bought at Sweet Orr.
Maria - October 02, 2010 - Report this comment
My girlfriends and I grew up in Tuckahoe, NY and wore Sweet Orr jeans in the 70s. We bought them at Epstein's in Tuckahoe and Murray's Army/Navy store in White Plains. They were the perfect color blue and fit like a glove. Great patch pockets. We still reminisce about them and would wear them if they ever came back! Had no idea they were a locally made product...I love that.
bulldog - February 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I grew up in Beacon, NY and remember Sweet Orrs. So odd that every one else I talk to has never heard of them outside the Hudson Valley. It was a huge thing in the early 80s. I remember I had a few pairs and they had a draw string didn't they??
Kim - February 15, 2011 - Report this comment
Grew up in Mahopac NY and Sweet Orr were rockin - and a concert jersey!
Day~nee - February 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Jimiduff - March 18, 2011 - Report this comment
Wow,I grew up in westchester and I remember the Sweet Orr's with the one pin stripe down the outer seem. Those and a chamz shirt. My mom always bought us the bootleg stuff though. I even had the two stripe imitation shell tops from Fayva. I went to Pocantico Hills school and kids for a while too and kids there all wore Kangaroo sneakers.
LGK - July 13, 2011 - Report this comment
Tried to explain to my baffled 11 yo next door neighbor what "Sweet-Orr" pants were. Just remembered that we HAD to have them in Navy or black with the plastic swirled-colored comb in the back pocket. Live in the south now, and no one knows WHAT I am talking about. Grew up in Wappingers Falls.
carolyn - August 04, 2011 - Report this comment
Ah... the old times. Our Army/Navy store in Hyde Park, NY sold many color combinations... I now live in Ohio ... and people here thought I was messing with them when I mentioned it.. :)
cs68627 - August 10, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm from Poughkeepsie, NY and until I came across this page I had no idea that they were a regional thing. I remember buying these at TeePee Dashery in the South Hills Mall, there was no Macy's back then around here. Just figured it was like Lee's or Levi's, Oh well!
Trudi B. - August 11, 2011 - Report this comment
I looooved my Sweet Orrs, had black, navy,tan and dark green--esp. loved the black. Grew up in Putnam Valley, NY!!!!
jh - October 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Eastern Outfitters in Pleasant Valley, NY had them too. Had to have the shell toe pumas or adidas. Had to show them off at South Hills or Freedom skateway.
James - January 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Sweet Orr painters pants and a handle comb thru hair parted in the middle and winged back on the sides...Man those were the days. I grew up in High Falls NY about 25 miles from Newburgh. Never realized they were made there and was always astonished that when I grew up and travelled that hardly anyone had heard of them! I KNOW i remember seeing them worn in 80s movies. In fact I could swear I remember the blonde jock bad guy in the original Karate Kid wearing them.. Bought a pair of them at a vintage shop a couple of weeks ago and man they felt great . It was like I was putting on the 80s!
julie - February 22, 2012 - Report this comment
i grew up wearing sweet orrs, jeez i loved them damn pants and i cannot find them any where! they say you should keep your old clothes because they come back in fashion and i wish i did because all the girls would be saying to me "damn girl, where u get those sexy pants from?
lisa - March 02, 2012 - Report this comment
loved my sweet orrs.Bought them in a shop on broadway in wish i had them now! saw a pair on ebay for about 700.00
karen - March 28, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Hopewell Junction, and bought my Sweet Orrs at Fish's in Beacon, I believe. I loved them! Had them in khaki, chocolate brown and navy. Wish I had them now!
Billy - April 08, 2012 - Report this comment
I grew up in Rockland County and I loved my Sweet Orrs. I had every color combo, I used to get them at Sids Pants & Jean Country in the Nanuet Mall. They were actually knock-offs of similar but better made pants by Sweats bi Ebe. Another brand that is long gone.
MJP - April 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Grew up in Wappingers. Got mine at Fisch's in Beacon (and of course got my Nike Bruins or Blazers next door at Beacon sneaker). Not sure where I got my big handled comb, which was legally required to be placed in the back pocket of Sweet Orr painter pants in the early 80's. Come to think of it, probably got the comb at Jerrick Drug in Fishkill.
geOrge - May 21, 2012 - Report this comment
I went to jr high at Miller in Lake Katrine, Ny. Then moved to Woodstock, Ny and went to high school at Onteora. Same story for me. Sweet Ores with concert shirt or three quarter sleeve baseball shirt with my last name on the back. White w/ color sleeves. Hard plastic "Ace" comb in the back pocket. No body on the west coast knows what Sweet Ores are. Now I know why. I used to get mine at Londons in uptown Kingston. I remember every kid in school wearing 'em.
Stu - June 02, 2012 - Report this comment
Grew up in Rockland in the 80s. back in83-84 was the year! We all had sweet-orrs. greatest pants ever my personal favorite was gray with deep purple single piping onthe sides.
LClark - June 30, 2012 - Report this comment
Port Jervis Represent, we all had sweet orrs of every color, it was the thing to do!
Barry O - July 03, 2012 - Report this comment
To all those who have written about Sweet - Orr, I can answer a few questions, as it was my family's business. In the 80's, the company focused on fatigue pants, chinos, and elastic-waist pants w/ contrast piping down the side. As many of you noted, Sweet-Orr was very popular in the Newburgh area - also out in Long Island, courtesy of Sid's Pants (what happened to them?). In the 90's, my father decided to solely focus on business with KMart (selling only women's clothing). By 2000, my father decided to retire, as he would not succumb to manufacturing overseas. All of you who bought Sweet-Orr clothing should know - it was always Made in the USA. Pricing pressures being what they were, my father chose to close the doors, rather than produce elsewhere. Glad that so many have fond memories -- me too!
Peter Zegel - September 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Many good memories from Ulster County NY! Sweet Orr Pants were fantastic no matter what color.
Trish - October 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Peter are you some how related to the Orr family?
Jennifer Orr - December 23, 2012 - Report this comment
My grandparents owned this company! I thought they were lying when they said it was a big deal, i guess it was.
AL - January 04, 2013 - Report this comment
aaahhhh!!! remember those days well back in the 80's growing up in Ozone Park,Queens N.Y. sporting the sweet orrs, chams,sergio's,members only jackets,can't forget the white decks(boat shoes)as we called them back in the day trooping on the A train to the "FUNHOUSE"
Karen - January 11, 2013 - Report this comment
Grew up in Middletown. Live south now and nobody ever heard of them. I had every color back in the 80's...same with the genie pants too. Lol...
Stacey - January 19, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved Sweet Orrs! Moved to Florida in the mid 80's and people here never heard of them!
Mike212 - March 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Ha! I got here too by Googling Sweet-Orr. I was thinking about the scars of junior high in the early 80s and the limited choices of clothing we had to conform (or be tossed out - like the Rush song). That said, I loved Sweet -Orrs. and yup from New york state too - Spring Valley , bought them at the Nanuet Mall - those Jeans stores. I had no idea that it was a local thing at the time and made nearby. The other option was a brand called Smiths. When googling I see they are still made in south africa , Is it the same Sweet-Orr?
mike212 - March 22, 2013 - Report this comment
Mike again, sorry, I had missed Barry's comments about HIS family business Sweet-Orr. Barry , are the South Africans using your trademark? Did you maintain the status of the trademark. Ironically it would make a great heritage brand today, the kind the hipsters in brooklyn love idealize. american made, history, you could be another carhart, filson, Dunderdon. etc. Going back and reading the comments , to be honest i never associated Sweet-Orr with chams de baron and sergios - those brands were more "quido" sorry not trying to be derogotary.. just using the lingo of the times. Anyway, Barry think about revitilizing the brand , of course ourtsourced and made in Bangledesh :-)
Patti - April 04, 2013 - Report this comment
I had sweet ores in every color. Graduated in 1982 and those were the coolest pants to have..or you just weren't cool! And yes, had the big comb in rear pocket! Never knew they were made local. I lived in Sullivan county in upstate NY..sure wish I cold find them now..I would wear them...and may even stick a comb in rear pocket!
Laura - April 08, 2013 - Report this comment
I too was feeling nostalgic while on pinterest, where I could not find a single post of Sweet-Orrs, so I googled it. That is when I found out after all of these years , to my suprise, that our oh so loved Sweet-Orrs were made right in Newburgh. I am from Port Jervis, NY and we bought ours at JCPenny's right in town, and I'm sure @ the Orange Plaza in Middletown. Between my cousin and I we had every color of Sweet-Orrs we could find(black, brown, grey,green, khaki, navy, white and even purple) We loved our Sweet-Orrs in the 80's, wish we could still where them today!
Carol - April 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Grew up in Goshen N.Y. and everyone wore sweet-orrs now I live in the midwest and people look at me like I am crazy when I mention them. We bought ours at Playtogs on Dolsen ave in Middletown or the Orange plaza in Middletown.
Francine - May 23, 2013 - Report this comment
This is crazy- I grew up in Marlboro. I didn't know that Sweet Orrs were a "local" thing. Happened across this page as I was doing some research on the various clothing/shoes (Sweet Orrs, Pro-Keds, Lee Overalls...)Thos were the days and you were very hip at the roller rink in New Windsor if you had the right digs!
Sue - August 04, 2013 - Report this comment
Haha - Sweet Orr pants! I only had a few because they were a little expensive and I had to save up the bucks to buy them, but it seemed everyone in my high school (Wallkill) had them; like a lot of the folks commenting here, I had no idea they were just a local thing - how cool is that?
Kathy - October 02, 2013 - Report this comment
Loved loved Sweet Orr pants .. Bring them back!!!
JC - November 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I'm not quite sure why I happened to remember them but I did and wondered where they went. I used to buy them in khaki--in Midtown Manhattan circa 1978--but I would 'restyle' them so the belt loops were the exact width of the waistband instead of over-extended for wider belts. Their 2 and a half inch loops were trimmed back to about one inch and when worn with a narrow belt it totally transformed them into a 'dressier', disco-era fashion look. I couldn't have paid more than ten dollars for them in those days--probably at Robbins Men's and Boys Wear.
Joe - December 26, 2013 - Report this comment
I went to Wallkill High School and people there went to the Jean Machine in New Paltz to get Sweet Orrs. Great pants.
Ali - April 18, 2014 - Report this comment
Unbelievable! my 11 year old was asking me about what I wore when I was her age and I said Sweet Orrs, baseball tees with rainbow decals, nikes, big comb in the pocket of my Sweet Orrs ( i had several colors of course) i googled and got here. I grew up in Hyde Park and got my Sweet Orrs at the Army Navy store right near Shop Rite. I never knew that this was a regional thing and now it makes sense that my adult friends from VA ( where I have lived for 26 years) have no idea what I am talking about!
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Hi can some one tell me were can I buy the sweet orr pants I m from South Africa please send me an address thx
Limey Jack - June 16, 2015 - Report this comment
Have enjoyed reading all of the foregoing,history etc. My memories of SWEET ORR jeans and jackets are from the UK, 1952. Just left school, and earning my own money. They were the first item of clothing I had ever purchased. I wish that they were still avaible. Best wishes to you all. Jack
Mari - December 28, 2015 - Report this comment
I'm from the newburgh area as well and I loved my sweet orrs. Use to wear them with my pro keds. They still sell the original white pro keds but I can't find those sweet orrs.
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Diane - June 27, 2016 - Report this comment
Everyone at Onteora HS wore Sweet Orr pants. My army green ones were my favorite, the fabric was a little softer than the navy and khaki ones and I wore mine with clogs. I bought mine in Kingston, NY at the Army/Navy store or Yallums on Wall Street. I also had no idea they were a regional item. Loved reading all the other comments.
Jim - August 03, 2016 - Report this comment
We had them in N.Y.C as well and just about everyone of my friends had them as well, I found this site I'm looking to get a pair for an event.
Betty - November 16, 2016 - Report this comment
Amazing! I'm a Queens NY girl and I remember going to the Army Navy store to get them in every color. Then they came out in cords!
Tara - November 22, 2016 - Report this comment
I am from Kingston, bought my Sweet Orr's from Yallums on Wall Street. Loved how they fit. This has been a walk down memory lane reading these comments. Wish they were still available, but totality respect the families decision to not out-source to another country. Had no idea they were manufactured locally.
Julie R - December 02, 2016 - Report this comment
I had a pair of tan Sweet Orrs which we bought at the London's store in uptown Kingston. Went to school in Saugerties and everyone had a pair. I loved them and miss them! Great pants! Great memories!
tammy - April 12, 2018 - Report this comment
Grew up in Kingston NY and everyone wore Sweet Orrs. Bought them at Yallums or Londons in uptown Kingston. Have a deep purple pair and loved them!

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